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Dear Medusa

By Olivia A. Cole
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Publisher Description

This searing and intimate novel in verse follows a sixteen-year-old girl coping with sexual abuse as she grapples with how to reclaim her story, her anger, and her body in a world that seems determined to punish her for the sin of surviving.

"This is more than a story about sexual violence—this book is about race, sexuality, love, and how anger can be a catalyst for healing."
—Gabrielle Union, bestselling author, actress, and producer

Sixteen-year-old Alicia Rivers has a reputation that precedes her. But there’s more to her story than the whispers that follow her throughout the hallways at school—whispers that splinter into a million different insults that really mean: a girl who has had sex. But what her classmates don't know is that Alicia was sexually abused by a popular teacher, and that trauma has rewritten every cell in her body into someone she doesn't recognize. To the world around her, she’s been cast, like the mythical Medusa, as not the victim but the monster of her own story: the slut who asked for it. 

Alicia was abandoned by her best friend, quit the track team, and now spends her days in detention feeling isolated and invisible. When mysterious letters left in her locker hint at another victim, Alicia struggles to keep up the walls she's built around her trauma. At the same time, her growing attraction to a new girl in school makes her question what those walls are really keeping out. 

"[This] fierce and brightly burning feminist roar…paints a devastating and haunting portrait of a vulnerable young woman discovering the power of her voice, her courage, and her rage." —Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Internment and Hollow Fires

72 Reviews

“I wanted to like this book so bad… and while it does cover a lot of important topics, and can be relatable for girls growing up and facing a lot of these tough topics. Even myself included, being in my 30s, I remember this age, and relate to the author. That being said the writing was not for me. It was almost like in a form of a diary/ written down different thoughts/ text messages. Repetition. I personally was not a fan of this writing type and it was hard to get through.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersHomophobiaRacismSexual assaultBad writing
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Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDarkHeartbreaking
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Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingFast-pacedRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingRacismSexual assault
Loudly Crying Face“A quick read covering race, feminism, rape culture, and more in a powerful package - this one spoke to me”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to read

About Olivia A. Cole

Olivia A. Cole is a writer from Louisville, Kentucky whose essays have been published by Bitch Media, Real Simple, the Los Angeles Times, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Gay Mag, and more. Olivia is the author of several books for children and adults.

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