This young adult novel tackles the tough issues faced by a typical teenager in the early 1960s following rape and unwanted pregnancy. The story plays out against a backdrop of a society at the cusp of social change. The events are portrayed unflinchingly yet in a way that is suitable for the target readership. I enjoyed the way that Tori, an impetuous hot-headed teen, learns to trust the kindness of strangers and, eventually, herself.
The protagonist of this well written young adult novel, Tori, is the victim of a violent assault and all that follows from it. But she is also the victim of her own hot-headedness and tendency to talk herself into really negative places. Bad things have happened to Tori and she has flaws - all this makes her a central character that readers can relate to. Some of the events in Tori's story are challenging ones for young readers, but they are handled sensitively and positively by this skilful author.