Thursday, June 25, 2020

BLOG TOUR: What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin

I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Wednesday Books and Kate McLaughlin for letting me be a part of this tour.

Title: What Unbreakable Looks Like
Author: Kate McLaughlin
Published by: Wednesday Books
Released: June 23, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher through Netgalley

Synopsis: Lex was taken – trafficked - and now she’s Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn’t quite know how to be Lex again. 
After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it is to feel truly safe. Except, she doesn’t trust it. Doesn't trust her new home. Doesn’t trust her new friend. Doesn’t trust her new life. Instead she trusts what she shouldn’t because that's what feels right. She doesn’t deserve good things. 
But when she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her and that just because she is used to it, doesn’t mean it is okay. She’s thrust into the limelight and realizes she has the power to help others. But first she’ll have to confront the monsters of her past with the help of her family, friends, and a new love.
Kate McLaughlin’s What Unbreakable Looks Like is a gritty, ultimately hopeful novel about human trafficking through the lens of a girl who has escaped the life and learned to trust, not only others, but in herself. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This book is tough, this book is hard, but it's also very hopeful. This deals with the topic of sex trafficking as well as sexual assault. If you're okay with reading about harder topics, I'd definitely recommend getting a copy of What Unbreakable Looks Like.
Kate McLaughlin does a great job of illustrating a powerful story. Lex is a survivor. She's gone through what no teen girl ever should. Lex is not whole at the beginning of this story, because of what has happened to her, even after she's rescued, she never feels safe. There's always that feeling that this good part cannot last. I really appreciated seeing the journey Lex had to go through. It's a journey of trust, of healing, friendship, and love.
I'm really glad Lex had the support system she did around her. Her rescue was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to taking back control of her life, especially when she hard more battles to fight after her rescue.
This is a hard book, but an important one. I'm glad I got to see Lex's journey to self-love.

KATE McLAUGHLIN likes people, so much so that she spends her days making up her own. She likes writing about characters who are bent, but not broken - people who find their internal strength through friends, strife and sometimes humor. When she's not writing, she likes studying people, both real and fictional. She also likes playing board games with friends, talking and discovering new music. A proud Nova Scotian, she'll gladly tell you all about the highest tides in the world, the magical creation known as a donair, and people who have sofas in their kitchens. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and four cats. What Unbreakable Looks Like is her debut novel.

Thanks for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin. Thanks so much to Wednesday Books and Kate McLaughlin for letting me be a part of this tour.

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