Monday, September 14, 2015

Again and Again by Ellen Bravo

4 Star

If sexual shenanigans disqualified candidates for Congress, the U.S. would have no government. But what if the candidate was a pro-choice Republican supported by feminist groups—and a college rapist whose secret could be exposed by a leading women’s rights advocate? 

Again and Again tells the story of Deborah Borenstein—as an established women’s rights leader in 2010 Washington, DC, and as a college student, thirty years earlier, whose roommate is raped by a fellow student. The perpetrator is now a Senate candidate who has the backing of major feminist groups . . . which puts Deborah in a difficult position. Torn between her past and present, as the race goes on, Deborah finds herself tested as a wife, a mother, a feminist, and a friend. 

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Again and Again was a real eye opener into the reality of life as a rape victim. Not an easy topic to address, Ellen Bravo handled it with aplomb. Writing about such a heavy topic must not have been easy, but she obviously had done her research as the story seemed very realistic, and at times almost personal.

I found it a little bit unbelievable that the story her first as the writing was so wonderful. Never did I question a reaction of a character and the dialogue just made sense. The only thing that made my eyes glaze over at times were the political discussions as I am not someone who is really into that at all. However, I do acknowledge that it had its place in this very poignant story.

The journey that we find each character on was such a powerful one that it was at times a difficult book to read but one that had drawn me in from the start and kept my interest until the very end. I was very satisfied with how things turned out in the end despite my fears that I would not be happy since I could not imagine how things would be resolved.

I feel like it was a very important story to tell. One that brought to light many things that I had not personally considered before and I truly hope that it will do the same for other readers. Perhaps if more stories were shared, then we would see real change in regards to this awful act.

Thank you to She Writes Press for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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1 comment:

  1. I agree that if more people told their stories we just might begin to see a change in attitudes regarding rape. We can hope at least!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.



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