What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin

Release Date - June 23, 2020



Lex's mother was happier to drain a bottle of booze than she was spending time with her daughter. For that reason, she never notices the attention Lex is getting from a family friend. Lex ends up part of a trafficking ring where she's drugged and becomes part of a ring of girls who are used and abused. As Poppy, she's happy she has the drugs to numb her to the rest of her daily existence. When police raid the hotel where she and other girls are being held, she's given the chance to start anew. The problem is she knows what she was, and she's not sure anyone can love her. Her mother sure didn't.

Her aunt and uncle are desperate to help Lex experience the life she was meant to live. They take her in and hope their efforts can get through to the teen. When some of the boys at her new school assault her, Lex has to summon every inch of strength she has to fight for herself and to learn to trust again.

I know that trafficking exists. I know there are hundreds of girls with similar stories and not always the chances that Lex is given. It breaks my heart. I found Lex to be a strong character who also has the moments of weakness that make her genuine.

What Unbreakable Looks Like is raw and emotional. It's powerful and often sad. You'll read it and be angry and sad. It's very good, but it's a tough topic and often had tears running down my face.

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