This isn’t a story about characters experiencing trauma, but rather, about their journey to conquer it. I do not consider it a spoiler to say that they ultimately succeed. However, the trauma itself–and the challenges it presents–are depicted in gritty detail. In other words: this, much like Deposing Nathan, is a brutal book with an uplifting ending.
Here are the specific content categories to be aware of:
- Sexual assault: as expected from the premise, a large focus of this book is surrounding sexual assault, including its long-term physical, emotional, and psychological effects. For reasons crucial to the story, the assault itself is depicted (via a moderately detailed journal entry).
- Consistent profanity throughout (100+ total instances. No slurs).
- One scene of parental abuse (psychological; not physical)
- Depictions of inter-relationship abuse: present throughout (emotional, psychological, and one scene of physical)
- Depictions of PTSD
- One mention of a suicide that took place years ago
- Drinking and drug use among teens