Number of pages: 248
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4
I have never read a book about rape. I have never known anyone who was raped. The thought of reading about something that causes so much pain and is such a huge issue in today’s world made me uncomfortable. For years I just ignored dealing with the possibility of rape, while simultaneously making sure it didn’t happen to me. For people like me this book is important. It shows the willfully ignorant that rape is real. This book is also important because it shows us what it could be like for rape victims in the future.
You might be confused by what I mean by “it shows us what it could be like for rape victims in the future”. Isn’t Exit, Pursued by a Bear an accurate depiction of what a rape victim experiences? Not completely. In Exit, Pursued by a Bear Hermione has a fantastic support system, which is not the reality for most victims. Still, it is not only a book about hope when dealing with traumatic situations, but it is also a book about hope for the future of society’s views on rape.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear is also a book about strong female friendships. I found Hermione and Polly’s friendship refreshing, especially in YA where strong friendships, let alone female ones, are a rarity. I agree with the author when she says that everyone needs a Polly.
I have never read The Winter’s Tale. I didn’t even know that it was a play that existed, let alone what it was about until I read a chapter preview of Exit, Pursued by a Bear and immediately researched it afterward. After being unable to put down Exit, Pursued by a Bear, I now feel compelled to read The Winter’s Tale.
Overall, I found Exit, Pursued by a Bear to be an important and compelling book. It has earned 4 stars out of 5.
Side note E. K. Johnston is officially the first author I’ve met!