Book Review: Girl A

Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them
by Girl A

Publication date: October 10th 2013
Publisher:  Ebury Press (first published April 23rd 2013)
Pages: 352


Summary:

What do they find attractive about me? An underage girl who just lies there, sobbing, looking up at them…as they come to me one by one.

This is the shocking true story of how a young girl from Rochdale came to be Girl A – the key witness in the trial of Britain’s most notorious child sex ring.

Girl A was just 14 when she was groomed by a group of nine Asian men. After being lured into their circle with free gifts, she was plied with alcohol and systematically abused. She was just one of up to fifty girls to be ‘passed around’ by the gang. The girls were all under-16 and forced to have sex with as many as twenty men in one night.

When details emerged a nation was outraged and asked how these sickening events came to pass. And now, the girl at the very centre of the storm reveals the heartbreaking truth.

Source: Goodreads


Thoughts:

This book is real life and it’s deeply disturbing and heartbreaking so I’ll keep this review short. I had vague recollections of hearing about a sex ring in Rochdale on the news, but until now I couldn’t really tell you much about it.

“Girl A” is an emotional and harrowing read which has shocked me immensely. It’s awful to think that while I was happily growing up, worrying about petty things like spots and homework, other girls around the same ages as me at the time were being groomed and forced into sexual slavery.

The writing here is powerful, raw and honest. I found it so difficult not to feel angry, angry with the gang, with Emma, the parents, social services and the police and even with Hannah, Girl A herself, at times. Not afraid to admit her bad decisions at the time, I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for Hannah to write this book after all she had been through.

“Slowly, I’m beginning to realise that what happened to me wasn’t my fault, that I was taken advantage of by a group of vile, twisted men.”

I’ve heard that the BBC series on the same story is equally as harrowing, so I think I’ll give myself a break a read something a little happier before watching that!

Overall rating: “Girl A” is a difficult read, detailing the horrors that these girls had to endure, so certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. While it’s hard to review something so real and so terrible, I’d give this book a strong 4 stars.

Thanks to @catherinemarshall8 for lending me this copy!


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