Length: 320 pages
Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.
Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.
But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.
The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.
TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture, but it also reminds us what it is to be human.
Trigger warnings for rape, sexual assault, murder, violence
I picked I STOP SOMEWHERE up on a whim, and while I had only planned to read a few chapters, I finished this debut in one sitting. Carter presents a deftly written, harrowing novel about rape culture and a character’s journey to finally feel that she mattered.
I STOP SOMEWHERE follows Ellie, as she tries to blend in during high school. Told in alternating time periods, Carter expertly develops Ellie’s emotions and headspace. Ellie was painfully relatable, and it’s books like these that make you want to do something about dismantling the pervasiveness of rape culture and toxic insensitivity. It’s difficult to say much about this book, expect that everyone needs to read this.
Ellie is an incredibly relatable character, and I felt what she felt throughout many instances of the novel. Her want to feel noticed, to feel loved was painful and harrowing. Carter excels at developing Ellie and her personal life, including her single father and her absent mother. Reading about Caleb and Noah made me so angry; this novel does an amazing job in eliciting strong emotions.
This novel made me angry, wanting justice for all the victims in this novel. I STOP EVERYWHERE is a powerful and visceral novel, filled with a character’s emotional turmoil. I strongly urge readers everywhere to pick this one up, as it’s one of the most influential novels I’ve read this year.
Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.