Know My Name - Chanel Miller

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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My Review:

absolute favourite:
5/5

Such a powerful, emotional read. Miller steps forward, reveals her name, and lays bare everything that happened in the most traumatic moment of her life and in the heartbreaking aftermath. It was an absolute privilege to be invited into her world and her experience.

Miller writes her story with bare honesty, every nerve raw and exposed from page one. Her writing is sophisticated and emotionally intelligent. She shares every aspect of her experience, shining light on the inadequacies of the legal system and the way survivors of sexual assault are treated and supported. I honestly cannot believe how little information she was given from the first moment she woke up in the hospital. And then to only learn the details of what happened through a news report she stumbled upon while at work? It literally blew my mind.

Every woman can relate in some way to Miller’s story. We all fall somewhere on the scale, be it the assumptions made by others, the scrutiny of the decisions we make and the emotions we show, the catcalls and verbal abuse we invite by walking down the street, all the way to the blame we are given for other’s chosen actions against us and our bodies.

Please read this book. It is important. I wish it weren’t necessary but, sadly, in 2021 it still is.

The journey will be longer than you imagined, trauma will find you again and again. Do not become the ones who hurt you. Stay tender with your power. Never fight to injure, fight to uplift. Fight because you know that in this life, you deserve safety, joy, and freedom. Fight because it is your life. Not anyone else’s.

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