#BookReview: No Virgin by Anne Cassidy


About the Book

My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.

Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.

My Thoughts

I have been keen to read this novel so was thrilled when I was approved on NetGalley. I should possibly preface this review by saying that I am much older then the YA audience this is aimed at but I have read other Anne Cassidy novels as an adult and enjoyed them.

No Virgin was a strange read for me. I found the opening paragraph of this novel to be incredibly powerful; it was shocking and disturbing and I immediately wanted to know exactly what had happened to this girl. Unfortunately though, I found that the balance of the story to be a little off for me from this point on. The opening chapter was set in the present day but then the rest of the first half of the novel is quite a long-winded telling of the back story leading up to the assault. For me, after such a large amount of filling in the back story leading up to the assault, the resolution of the novel at the end felt like it came from nowhere. I didn’t ever feel what Stacey was feeling, I sympathised with what had happened to her but I didn’t ever feel like I was in her head and I wanted to be. Perhaps it’s because I’m older than the target audience but, for me, this novel didn’t push the story far enough and didn’t really allow me to connect emotionally with the characters. I think this is perhaps a novel for older MG readers rather than a YA audience. I would still recommend it but it sadly just wasn’t for me.

I received a copy of this novel from HotKey Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 thoughts on “#BookReview: No Virgin by Anne Cassidy

  1. Sorry to hear that this one didn’t do it for you, Hayley. I’ve had that happen, too, where a book veered off in a different sort of direction to where it had started. Or, where a book took on a completely different style. And that is disappointing when you were expecting something else. Still, I’m glad you found some things to like.

  2. And this is such a difficult subject, anyway… But it is vital that whatever else happens, you feel alongside the protagonist in the middle of such an emotional time and if you don’t, then in some major way the book has failed.

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