The #MeToo movement has revealed the prevalence of sexual assault in society, especially as committed by powerful men. But it is an issue that also affects the lives of teen girls. This book tells the the story of seventeen-year-old Ana Santos, who has ambitions to make it big in music and signs a contract with the owner of a music café without knowing there are sexual strings attached. It looks at the darker side of the music industry, including sexual harassment, lyrics that degrade and demean women and social media trolling as backlash for speaking up, all while presenting a strong, realistic main character who overcomes her feelings of shame to find a voice for herself and her music.
JENNIFER MANUEL was the 2017 winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was named A Writer to Watch by the CBC in 2016. Jennifer has been a college, elementary and high-school teacher, plays goalie on a men's hockey team and also plays drums and produces music. Jennifer is author of Dressed to Play and Head to Head in the Lorimer Sports Stories series. This is her first YA novel. Jennifer lives in Duncan, British Columbia.
"The heaviness of the #metoo theme is paired well with the lighter side of a teenage band that is working to find and create its own sound."
"An absorbing #MeToo story that will increase awareness."
"The story is accessible and would be a useful introduction into understanding the #metoo movement and the importance of speaking out."
"Though the story is engaging for reluctant readers, the way red flags and warning signs of predatory behavior are woven through the narrative is its greatest strength."