SideStreets

SideStreets

Epic Fail

Book - 2017
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This book tells a tough but realistic story about teen relationships and sexual assault and how social media plays a role in magnifying its impact. In suburban Vancouver, in a multiracial mixed-income neighbourhood, three 14-year-old friends, a boy and two girls, go to a party organized by the boy's older brother. One of the girls, who comes from a mixed-race Aboriginal/Caucasian family of lower socio-economic standing, is raped, which has very serious consequences on her mental health. Two years later, photos of the crime and the victim show up on social media and the girl's friend decides to confirm the victim's account of her experience - and confirm that the assailant was his own brother's good buddy. His actions of first remaining silent, then finally speaking up, have unexpected consequences for everyone - including him. This novel reflects the complexities that teens face dealing with the rape culture many young men participate in and how it is intensified by social media.
Publisher: Toronto : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2017
ISBN: 9781459412378
Branch Call Number: SIDE
Characteristics: 175 pages
Alternative Title: Epic fail

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