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Reinventing Hannah (Triumph over Trauma Book 1) Kindle Edition
Sixteen-year-old Hannah Kollman's so wrapped up in proving she's not like her bipolar mom that she's forgotten who she is.
And when the normally straight-arrow teen throws caution to the wind to follow her more free-spirited friend to a college party, a drugged drink changes her life forever. Now she's the victim of an assault she doesn't even remember... and it's either stand up to the bullies who hate her for it or be ostracized forever.
With friends and enemies alike pressuring her to stay quiet about what happened, her parents treating her like she's fragile, and her own fear pulling her back toward depression, can Hannah turn her pain into power and become the advocate for herself and other survivors she longs to be?
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The situation at the heart of Reinventing Hannah has been explored with some frequency in YA fiction and teen television, but rarely with this sharp a focus. Ori is sensitive to trauma, to survival, to the defensive cruelty of teenagers, to the power dynamics that inform the ritual of victim shaming, and to how tensions from a traumatic experience can fracture even the sturdiest relationships. He even freshens up the most age-old of scenes, the shopping makeover, paying clear-eyed attention to the ways that new clothes, for a teenager, is something like the audition of a new self.
From the Back Cover
Keeping quiet about the truth leaves Hannah stuck in depression, fear, and self-blame, creates an ever-widening rift between her and her best friend Molly, and reinforces the lies being told about her. And when she does summon up the courage to confide in Molly, Molly accidentally betrays her secret to the entire school, making the rumors and the bullying that much worse.
When Hannah decides to reinvent herself into someone unafraid to speak her truth -- or to date Brad no matter what anyone thinks -- friends and enemies alike pressure her to go back to being quiet, while her own fear and pain keep getting in the way of her new relationship. She must find the courage to stand up for herself and other survivors or lose the opportunity to reclaim her happiness.
- ASIN : B084YFGW6T
- Publisher : Heroic Muse Books (April 11, 2020)
- Publication date : April 11, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 860 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1734521112
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,050 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author has clearly done his research with this novel, as it is one of the most realistic portrayals of sexual assault and its aftermath that I have ever seen! It does not fall into the all too common trope of glorifying the assault, nor the also all too common trope of trying too hard not to talk about it. Rather, the author manages to find the perfect balance, and portrays it realistically, but with the amount of sensitivity that the situation deserves.
This novel covers a lot of heavy topics. Whilst sexual assault is the main one, it also covers drug and alcohol abuse, as well as mental health, among others. Because of this, it might not be for everybody, but the author seems to understand this. He has put content warnings, as well as websites and numbers to make use of if you or someone you know is dealing with the issues portrayed in this book, which I applaud him for.
The writing here is strong and real. I can picture vividly in my mind all of these characters. It is as if I know these people, and feel for them. That is where the book truly excels, in how realistic everything about it is. I feel that this book should be used in schools, as there are not enough books that deal with the issues presented in this book in this way as there should be., a fact which must be changed!
If you can't get enough of the "Hannah" universe, the author has written a short prequel, "Mama's Illness", which was released before this novel. I highly recommend reading that book, as well. While the books can both be enjoyed on their own merits, and it is not necessary to have read one or the other first, they do compliment each other nicely, and there are callbacks throughout this book to its predecessor.
In all, I enjoyed every moment of reading this book. Though there are some scenes which may be difficult to read, they are handled with sensitively, yet honestly. The characters are fleshed out and relatable, and the story is inspiring. I look forward to what comes next for Hannah, her friends, and indeed, the author himself. I am sure Mr. Ori has a bright future ahead of him, and he will be an author to watch!