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4.5

“I encourage you to sit in that garden [at Stanford] but when you do, close your eyes, and I’ll tell you about the real garden, the sacred place. Ninety feet away from where you sit there is a spot where Brock Turner’s knees hit the dirt, where the Swedes tacked him to the ground, yelling ‘What the f*** are you doing? Do you think this is okay?’ Put their words on a plaque. Mark that spot, because in my mind  I’ve erected a monument. The place to be remembered is not where I was assaulted, but where he fell, where I was saved, where two men declared stop, no more, not here, not now, not ever.”   

“This book does not have a happy ending. The happy part is there is no ending, because I’ll always keep finding a way to keep going.” 

I had to set this book down many times because of all the intense emotions it made me feel. I felt so angry over how the justice system fails victims, how Stanford failed Chanel and then tried to patch it up by creating a garden where she was raped, the emotional weight her, her family and friends endured all throughout the trial and to this day. 

This was a very hard book to read but too often as a society, we smooth over the cracks in our facade and look away from the pain, only wanting to see this idealistic and perfect thing. We ignore the bad, rewarding the society-accepted “good”. Chanel didn’t have the option to ignore the bad that was thrust onto her, she experienced society’s bad at full capacity. Seeing her shine a light on it, pulling back the curtain of what she went through to expose the cracks in our legal system, colleges and media, it was a much needed reality check. 

Thank you, Chanel, for writing this book. Thank you for sharing your story with us all and continuing to fight. 

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5.0

Easiest 5 stars ever given. Review to come!

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5.0

This was a very difficult read, but I’m glad I read it. Tbh I knew only the Bare minimum about this case, so I’m glad I got to learn more about what actually happened. Channel is so strong and so are her support systems. She’s really someone to look up to and I’m so sorry this happened to her. I did tear up multiple times. 

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5.0

I knew the story that I was about to step into, but I never anticipated how beautifully it would be written. Chanel's writing is transcendental, crossing from page to reader like butter and cutting through time, age, gender, and racial divides to deliver one undeniable truth. Her truth. Her use of metaphors is brilliantly done, her description are vivid, and her ability to emulate emotions is immaculate. I am so honoured to have had the privilege to read this book.

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4.75

Love Chanel, hate the American justice system. I even listened to the acknowledgments. 

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5.0


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5.0

Beautiful, ugly, devastating, infuriating, inspiring. I loved her writing.

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