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.
I Stop Somewhere
Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
I can not tell you the last time I read a book that shattered me the same way I Stop Somewhere did – still does. I am gutted. Absolutely, gutted. Even a week after closing this book with tears streaming down my cheeks, I am still reeling from the emotional roller coaster that this book was.
Please allow me to clarify; I Stop Somewhere is beautifully and carefully written. Even though my heart ached again and again for Ellie and for her father, I did love reading this book. The storyline is meaningful and the characters are brilliantly written and developed flawlessly over each page. I connected to Ellie. I cried with Mr. Frias. Their relationship is one that I get. But what made this book so tragic is how real and familiar this story is. We all know this story. We’ve all heard it before. This is the telling of a victim, her assault and the assault of others – an assault that countless (too many) others face every single day. This story is for them. This book is for us.
As much as I love I Stop Somewhere through all my heartache, I know that warnings are so important. So, please be aware: Yes, this book can be very painful. Yes, there is rape. Yes, there is violence. Yes, there is death. TE Carter is sensitive but she is also honest – read her Author’s Notes section. These pages are every bit as important as the story itself.
I can’t think of a time where I Stop Somewhere could be any more relevant or any more necessary to read.
I gave I Stop Somewhere 5/5 stars
TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.
Prize: 1 hardcover copy of I STOP SOMEWHERE by T.E. Carter (US Only)