Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie

In this emotionally gripping novel by Beth Goobie, fourteen year old Maddie struggles to cope after being sexually assaulted by three boys from her high school. She keeps the attack a secret, and in an attempt to relieve her inner pain, turns to self injury and withdraws from life.

For the most part Maddie is able to avoid her attackers but that all changes the following school year when Maddie realizes that two of them are in her English class. As an assignment the class must put together a collaborative story where each student contributes a chapter, and as the story unfolds, Maddie finds herself relating with the young girl in the novel. 

At the same time rumors begin to spread about her and with her reputation on the line she must decide whether she will begin to talk about what really happened or remain a victim.

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