Book Review Of “What Unbreakable Looks Like” By Kate Mclaughlin @WednesdayBooks

Lex was taken – trafficked – and now she’s Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn’t quite know how to be Lex again.

After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it is to feel truly safe. Except, she doesn’t trust it. Doesn’t trust her new home. Doesn’t trust her new friend. Doesn’t trust her new life. Instead she trusts what she shouldn’t because that’s what feels right. She doesn’t deserve good things.

But when she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her and that just because she is used to it, doesn’t mean it is okay. She’s thrust into the limelight and realizes she has the power to help others. But first she’ll have to confront the monsters of her past with the help of her family, friends, and a new love.

Kate McLaughlin’s What Unbreakable Looks Like is a gritty, ultimately hopeful novel about human trafficking through the lens of a girl who has escaped the life and learned to trust, not only others, but in herself.

Thank you to Wednesday Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

I really enjoyed this book, even though the prose sounded really intense, and like something that would punch me in the gut. While it was very sad, I was able to read through it and finish the book. (Which I was fearful I wouldn’t be able to do) The Author had a very tasteful way of writing on such a terrible topic. I was nervous that it would be graphic and descriptive. So I was surprised to find it wasn’t.

Lex goes through a lot in this book, and the amount of bad people in her life outnumber the good. However, she was written as a strong female, and she chooses to surround herself with the like. She comes to her senses in this book early on and realizes when good things were happening for her. Part of me does feel like things were a bit too easy for Lex, and that it wasn’t a very realistic outcome. Regardless, I still devoured it in two sittings. It was a very fast paced read.

The sex trafficking topic is very hard to stomach, and the deplorable conditions that Lex/Poppy and the other flowers were kept in, and what they all experienced together was enough to really just hurt my heart, because that kind of thing is not fiction. This is a real issue going on in our world, and I am glad that YA Authors are shedding a light on this topic.

I loved Lex’s Aunt, Uncle, and her two friends, they really are the bright light in the darkness of this book.

This book is out on June 23rd and you can preorder from any of your favorite stores below.

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