What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin
Published June 23, 2020
Hardcover, 336 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4.5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Wednesday Books, I received an eARC)
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.
This is one of the toughest books to read, in the longest time. It was graphic and I can see it being very triggering to people. What Unbreakable Looks Like, is one of the first books I’ve read that touches on the topic of human trafficking, and I think it was a great place to jump right in. I found myself very emotional while reading, and for good reason.
I, myself could not connect to our main character, but felt like she was portrayed in a real, raw way. I could understand the actions she took and didn’t take, based on how well the author wrote her. Lex’s interactions with people were done so well, I could see them playing out in front of me.
This was a very powerful read, that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants a closer look into this topic. It is a very emotional read so be prepared. From beginning to end I was sucked into this book and I can see myself rereading it in the future, just to keep my eyes open to things that really do happen.