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Phenomenal

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This has everything I was looking for after reading the jacket synopsis! Even in the first few chapters, the author begins to address the complexities of sexual harassment and assault cases. I loved the varying formats the book took on, particularly having dictionary-style listings of a word to show the narrator's activist perspective. The metaphors are simple, but end up being powerful in their simplicity, particularly with the metaphor of dragons and swords.

I was a bit wary when real people (such as politicians, celebs, etc.) were introduced into the storyline. Sometimes the presence of real people instead of characters makes us expect certain things of the narrative. In this case, the author did a great job using real people as backdrop characters, making me think about the reality of this storyline for so many people. There's something in this story for anyone to appreciate and learn from.