The Pain Eater

The Pain Eater

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She hadn't told anyone. Not a single soul. Not one word about that night and what had been done to her had ever passed Maddy Malone's lips. She'd thought about it at first - had been desperate, even frantic, to tell. But then had come the shame, and the intimidation from the boys who raped her - and the one who held her down. Now it's the beginning of a new school year and Maddy is hoping that she can continue to hide, making herself as quiet and small as possible. She is consumed with keeping the memories at bay, forcing them down through small cuts and the burn from the end of a cigarette. But when her English class is given the assignment of writing a collaborative novel about a fifteen-year-old girl, The Pain Eater, fact and fiction begin to meet up. When the boys spread rumors about Maddy, she realizes that continuing to hide the truth will only give them more control, and she slowly gains the courage to confront them.
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Product details

  • 13+
  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 142 x 211 x 20mm | 227g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1772600202
  • 9781772600209
  • 1,565,847

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rape, self-harm, bullying, harassment, creative writing
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Review quote

...Goobie approaches the topic of rape with sensitivity and care. Her depiction of peer pressure, teenage angst, and bullying brings to light serious issues that fuel high school students' choices.... Surfacing an important problem that is too often overlooked, the author succeeds in making readers think deeply about the implications of malicious teenage actions and the suffering of victims.-- "School Library Journal"
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921 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 31% (290)
4 43% (392)
3 20% (180)
2 5% (45)
1 2% (14)
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