I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
The Kindle and hardcover formats for I Stop Somewhere are already out. If you missed this book in 2018, it's one you should pick up.
Ellie Frias lives in a town where foreclosures are rampant. Many empty homes are wasting away. Her dad struggles to keep a roof over their head in their quiet New York community, but he does as best he can.
When Ellie must move from the private school she'd been attending on a scholarship and join the public high school, she simply wants to be able to get through the experience with a new look and hopes of at least staying out of the typical cruelness of high school. When one of the town's poster boys turns an eye to her, Ellie realizes she may have a chance at being the center of attention. Sometimes, however, it's better to be invisible than not existing at all.
Here's the bottom line. If you cannot tolerate a story about today's rape culture, don't read this book. If you're ready to hear a very brutal, emotionally painful story that seems a little too real at times, I Stop Somewhere is an amazing read.
I'm going to delve a bit into the dealings many actresses and even actors are facing. They speak up about being raped and are, for lack of a kinder word, "slut shamed." Look at so many of them telling their stories and being called liars, told they were willing participants by people who were never even there, etc. That's really what happens in this book, but Ellie's perspective is a little more jarring for one reason that I won't divulge.
My heart broke reading this story. It took me bad to a girl just like Ellie who was invisible in a way. I knew her from quick "hellos" each morning as she passed me to get to her locker. She ended up just like Ellie, and I still wish I'd taken the time to say more than hello. As a mom now, I cannot imagine what Paulette and her entire family went through. People are the worst kind of horrible, and this vividly captures just how horrible some can be.