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I want to start with saying that a lot of the material in this book is potentially triggering subject matter particularly of rape and the aftermath. That being said I loved this book and felt it did an excellent job of highlighting those topics, particularly the aftermath on those around the survivor. The narrator of this story is Em and it centers on the aftermath of her older sister being raped while at college. I loved that perspective because trauma impacts not only the survivor but their family as well. Em has always loved journalism and has focused her work during the aftermath and trial on highlighting stories of other survivors and helping bring to light how common a story it truly is. Em loses faith in journalism and the criminal justice system and spends her summer working on telling the story through poetry of a possibly real possibly mythic woman who picked up a sword and donned armor to avenge herself after being sexually assaulted. Beautifully written and such a compelling story.