I Stop Somewhere
Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn't need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

I Stop Somewhere Details

TitleI Stop Somewhere
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends/Macmillan
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

I Stop Somewhere Review

  • alice (arctic books)
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely riveting and heartbreaking. Trigger warnings for rape, sexual assault, murder, violence. Full review to come.
  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    This is literally one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life. I'm literally sitting here sobbing and trying to pull my thoughts together. This is an exquisite masterpiece.
  • Rachel Solomon
    January 1, 1970
    Harrowing. I knew this book would break my heart - but I wasn't prepared for it to shred it. TE Carter's writing pulls no punches; it's unapologetic and gorgeous and raw. Ellie is such a painfully relatable protagonist. We all know an Ellie, and I'm sure many of us have been an Ellie at some point in our lives. I STOP SOMEWHERE should be required reading for high school students.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Oh man...THIS BOOK!!!It does so many things startlingly well -- so well that the author makes them look easy. As a writer, I can assure you they are not. I'm not going to list all of them here because this review would turn into a tome of praise, but I want to talk about at least a few.First (and this is going to be the thing many reviewers focus on), this book captures the devastating effects of rape culture and the insidious hold it can have over a small town. And it does so in a way that is b Oh man...THIS BOOK!!!It does so many things startlingly well -- so well that the author makes them look easy. As a writer, I can assure you they are not. I'm not going to list all of them here because this review would turn into a tome of praise, but I want to talk about at least a few.First (and this is going to be the thing many reviewers focus on), this book captures the devastating effects of rape culture and the insidious hold it can have over a small town. And it does so in a way that is both wholly realistic and believable, and also beyond horrifying. Really think about that for a sec. In part, it speaks deeply to the real-life pervasiveness of rape culture, which is why we NEED books like this one. But it also speaks deeply to the incredible balancing act the author pulls off here. Anyone can write about something horrific. But it takes a special kind of talent to write about something horrific with an eye that is both compassionate and unflinching. To employ vivid details that make a reader realize the horrific things being depicted can (and do) happen anywhere and everywhere, all the time, to girls who are not fictional. And to provide just enough light that reading this makes you want to DO SOMETHING instead of just curl into a ball and hide yourself away for all of eternity. The book also captures Ellie's deep and complex need to both blend in and be noticed in a way that blows my mind. Lots of YA writers (myself included) have tried to capture this quintessential teenage hunger and I've never seen it done as well as it is here. Even when Ellie is looking back and chiding herself for a series of errors that shouldn't have been but turned out to be fatal, as a reader you go, "Oh, but I get it! I get why!" Because Ellie's emotions and motivations in this book aren't just static things sitting on the page. They pull you in and, if you're an adult, they will put you right back in that teenage headspace. They'll put you right next to Ellie as she tries to navigate a toxic little world that couldn't care less about her well being until it's far too late.Highly recommended for fans of dark YA with characters and relationships drawn in loving, painstaking detail.
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  • Amelinda Bérubé
    January 1, 1970
    Poetic and searing snapshot of rape culture at work in a decaying town. Visceral with both rage and tenderness and impossible to put down.
  • Hayley Chewins
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book wrecked me -- and I mean that in the best possible way. It is an unflinching examination of rape culture, a poetic portrait of an invisible girl, and an unputdownable mystery. Don't miss it.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    ✨Arc received from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. (Jan 31) listen I'm still so here for stories about rape culture and feeling alone give me all of them
  • Gwen Cole
    January 1, 1970
    This book is amazing, heartbreaking, beautiful, and one nobody should miss reading.
  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    I'll be discussing this book (rather than reviewing it; it merits discussion) soon, but I need to compose my thoughts first. Until then, this is not an unreserved 5 stars, as there were certainly some mechanical things that I had issues with, but it's very powerful and raw and unrelenting, and it deserves 5 stars purely for how much it made me feel.
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  • Brenda Rufener
    January 1, 1970
    A lyrical, stirring story surrounding rape culture in a dying town. This book is impossible to put down. I read I STOP SOMEWHERE in one sitting and was filled with so many emotions–anger, rage, and sadness. The story is written with much empathy and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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  • Tina Panik
    January 1, 1970
    This honest and intense look at rape culture excels on every emotional level. Carter has a masterful understanding of a woman’s psyche that expressively flows on the page. You’ll be a mess at end of story—and I mean that in the best possible way, as a compliment.Fans of Lovely Bones (Sebold) and Beartown (Bachman) will love this book. This was an ARC.
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  • Stephanie Elliot
    January 1, 1970
    TE Carter's debut book took the breath from me with her beautiful sad and tragic yet ultimately hopeful story. It was very reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, but I liked I STOP SOMEWHERE so much better -- it was realistic, heartbreaking, and the writing is captivating. One to remember for sure, and I can't wait to see what Carter comes up with next!
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  • Heather Ezell
    January 1, 1970
    I STOP SOMEWHERE is a powerhouse of a novel that gutted me. Raw and burning, poetic and introspective, at times hard to swallow while also compulsively readable, Ellie's story will stay with me always. This book will change tides.
  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    Not for me. I should have learned after reading lovely bones and 13 reasons why that I hate books narrated by a dead person.
  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Ellie dies after a brutal assault and now she’s a ghost, stuck in the house where she died and having to watch other girls get attacked again and again. Each chapter alternated between the past and present, starting off with Ellie’s background as she grew up. Her and her father reside in an almost ghost town located in New York. Her mother deserted them right after Ellie was born and her father makes minimal wage and works double and triple shifts at the only grocery store in the decaying town. Ellie dies after a brutal assault and now she’s a ghost, stuck in the house where she died and having to watch other girls get attacked again and again. Each chapter alternated between the past and present, starting off with Ellie’s background as she grew up. Her and her father reside in an almost ghost town located in New York. Her mother deserted them right after Ellie was born and her father makes minimal wage and works double and triple shifts at the only grocery store in the decaying town. Ellie has self-esteem issues because of her body (brought on by bullying classmates) and wishes she could be pretty like the other girls in town and the girls in the magazines. The summer before high school she asks her neighbor Kate to transform her into something special, and she does. Rocking a new haircut and clothes, Ellie walks into high school confident and manages to attract the attention of Caleb, the son of the town’s rich politician and real estate guru. From that moment, her downfall starts as she is swept into Caleb’s circle that ultimately ends in her death.This was a very heartbreaking story from beginning to end. It was easy to connect to Ellie as she tried her best and wished to fit in amongst her peers. A roller coaster of emotions are weaved into each chapter detailing the good and bad as Ellie flashes back to the past and witnesses the world around her from the afterlife as the boys’ actions face extreme consequences. This is definitely a story where you want justice once you get to the end.This story is worth five stars because of the topic it covers, but I wasn't satisfied with the ending so I dropped the rating down to four stars.I received an ARC of I Stop Somewhere from NetGalley.
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  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is like The Lovely Bones meets 13 Reasons Why. More than midway through the book I said to a coworker just starting to read it “this book will wreck you.” I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean that because TE Carter’s fictional story is too real and too relevant to what is going on today. Ellie is a high school girl who has always tried to disappear and not stand out, hoping to get bullied less. But when she starts high school she wants to blend in, but be seen. After a brutal assault This book is like The Lovely Bones meets 13 Reasons Why. More than midway through the book I said to a coworker just starting to read it “this book will wreck you.” I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean that because TE Carter’s fictional story is too real and too relevant to what is going on today. Ellie is a high school girl who has always tried to disappear and not stand out, hoping to get bullied less. But when she starts high school she wants to blend in, but be seen. After a brutal assault everything changes and sees it happening over and over again in her small sad town. This book delves head on with rape culture, media, and how we react to story after story. I’d suggest it for high school and up reader. Powerful. Please read and share this book.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars**I'd like to thank Raincoast Books & the publishers for my ARC in exchange for my honest review**This book was soo not what I was expecting, but in a good way. I typically like to read everyone's review before deciding whether I want to pursue a book, but I decided to go in blind this time.If you enjoyed The Lovely Bones, I think you will enjoy this one as well.To view all of my reviews, you can visit my blog: www.buttoneyedreader.wordpress.com
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  • Kit Frick
    January 1, 1970
    T. E. Carter's I STOP SOMEWHERE unflinchingly dismantles rape culture in a small American town. Filled with moments of beauty, longing, and reflection against a dark and deeply troubling backdrop, this book will enrage, eviscerate, and ultimately energize and inspire readers.
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  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    January 1, 1970
    ”You can break a girl. You can destroy several parts of her, but a girl is made up of so many things.”One of the most heartbreaking and beautiful books I’ve read this year.
  • Contrariwise
    January 1, 1970
    Heartbreaking and powerful. This is sort of like Thornton Wilder's Our Town updated for modern small town America and the realities too many girls face. Very impressed with this debut novel.
  • Kai (Quartzfeather)
    January 1, 1970
    This book wrecked me.....
  • Tara Weiss
    January 1, 1970
    Ohdeargosh. I'm about to say I didn't love a book to which everyone else who has, thus far, given a 5-star rating. The subject matter of rape and the culture of girls needing to be told they are pretty to see their value is a necessary discussion, but I got to the point of 29% on my Kindle and I was done. Message received. You want to talk about invisible kids, the ones who fall through the cracks are susceptible to those who prey upon them . . . the poor kids in a partially privileged town, the Ohdeargosh. I'm about to say I didn't love a book to which everyone else who has, thus far, given a 5-star rating. The subject matter of rape and the culture of girls needing to be told they are pretty to see their value is a necessary discussion, but I got to the point of 29% on my Kindle and I was done. Message received. You want to talk about invisible kids, the ones who fall through the cracks are susceptible to those who prey upon them . . . the poor kids in a partially privileged town, the curvy girls entranced by the willowy models, the need to change only on the outside to meet the status quo, the ones for which self-confidence was robbed by the critical masses. This book does that, but the issue is that it takes too long to get to the point. And I think that might be the problem with this particular ill of society - it has been going on too long. Enter Part Two and now you have a critique of the legal process and how it is so easy to stay silent. How hard it is to topple the boys club.Overall, this was a powerful read, but if it was to make an impact, it needs to be condensed. Or made into a movie. It fits the powerful and engaging profile of a small town CSI with the reach of what might be in your own neck of the woods. I'm always team "book was better", but here I see cinematic engagement. Dead girl narrator, focusing on beauty. But them again, the prevailing themes represent the ugly that's out there.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    I randomly stumbled across this gem of a story and I have to say I am so happy I read this book. At the end of this story I had cried, raged, cried some more and then it was over and I was just absorbing all the feels that I had while reading it. Ellie is the girl that wants to fit in, so badly she will do just about anything to not be an outcast...who could blame her after spending years getting bullied? So when a popular, older boy takes notice of Ellie she is thrilled to be singled out...even I randomly stumbled across this gem of a story and I have to say I am so happy I read this book. At the end of this story I had cried, raged, cried some more and then it was over and I was just absorbing all the feels that I had while reading it. Ellie is the girl that wants to fit in, so badly she will do just about anything to not be an outcast...who could blame her after spending years getting bullied? So when a popular, older boy takes notice of Ellie she is thrilled to be singled out...even if everything is not what it seems. Then it happens, a horrible assault that Ellie can't move on from... and worse something that she witnesses again and again to other girls. This book was a gripping story...gracefully told with compassion and some tenderness...it made me think of several things that are happening in this world today....I can't wait to see what T.E. Carter will write next. Thanks to MacMillan for the ARC.
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  • Alicia Owen
    January 1, 1970
    As others have stated, this novel was insanely hard to put down! I have two young children and still managed to finish it in 3 nights, if that tells you anything. I would like to blame it on pregnancy hormones, but I'm sure they had nothing to do with the fact that I teared up more than once and completely bawled my eyes out at one point. I'm sure I am not the only one either. I Stop Somewhere takes a hard, realistic look at rape culture in our society. You get a gritty inside look at what life As others have stated, this novel was insanely hard to put down! I have two young children and still managed to finish it in 3 nights, if that tells you anything. I would like to blame it on pregnancy hormones, but I'm sure they had nothing to do with the fact that I teared up more than once and completely bawled my eyes out at one point. I'm sure I am not the only one either. I Stop Somewhere takes a hard, realistic look at rape culture in our society. You get a gritty inside look at what life is actually like for the victims after this crime has occurred. Although she is an outsider, I still found that most girls (and even us adults looking back on our younger days!) could relate to Ellie. This is a must-read for teenagers and young adults alike.
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    Received an advanced copied from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It's hard to write a review for a book like this. I hated it. I hated it because it's so true. This book is beautifully and powerfully written. Ellie disappeared long before she disappeared. While they looked for her and went through the motions, she really wasn't someone they needed to find. Not a popular girl in the school, Ellie blended in and was easily overlooked. Until one girl put it together....saw what no one e Received an advanced copied from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It's hard to write a review for a book like this. I hated it. I hated it because it's so true. This book is beautifully and powerfully written. Ellie disappeared long before she disappeared. While they looked for her and went through the motions, she really wasn't someone they needed to find. Not a popular girl in the school, Ellie blended in and was easily overlooked. Until one girl put it together....saw what no one else wanted to see. I read this as the Harvey Weinstein allegations are coming to light. I read this during #metoo. This happens. This happens everywhere. Rich, poor, overlooked, popular....THIS HAPPENS. This is a story that needs to be told, read, and heard.
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  • Dana Mele
    January 1, 1970
    This is not an easy book to read and it isn't one to miss. It's a story about a brutal attack in a decaying town. The narrator wields the truth of what happened to her, and to others, with a frankness that is at once mesmerizing and frightening, not because she dares to not look away from what is happening, or to describe it, but because her world is our world. The author manages to weave moments of hope throughout the book, a tribute to the beauty the main character still sees in the world, whi This is not an easy book to read and it isn't one to miss. It's a story about a brutal attack in a decaying town. The narrator wields the truth of what happened to her, and to others, with a frankness that is at once mesmerizing and frightening, not because she dares to not look away from what is happening, or to describe it, but because her world is our world. The author manages to weave moments of hope throughout the book, a tribute to the beauty the main character still sees in the world, which makes the book all the more poignant and heartbreaking. Evocative of The Lovely Bones, I Stop Somewhere is a thoughtful examination of both rape culture and the struggle to be seen and heard.
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  • Poppy Jennings
    January 1, 1970
    This book is devastating and beautiful and poetic and heartbreaking and infuriating and distressing all at the same time. It is gripping but so upsetting, I was feeling a whirlwind of emotions while reading Ellie’s story. Everyone needs to read this book. It will break your heart in so many ways and make you feel uncomfortable, but it will also keep you hooked and holding onto every page you read. It is raw, unapologetic truth.
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  • Melissa Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    As Ellie Frias starts her freshman year at a new school, she just wants to blend in. She's had enough of being picked on and pointed out; she just wants to disappear and go on with her life. But when Caleb, a popular "mean-guy" takes notice of her, Ellie realizes that she does want to be seen. The question is, at what cost? Carter's story of sexual abuse and misogyny is heartwrenching. It simply rings too true to life for many young girls today.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A haunting novel with a strong storyline and a powerful message. I felt compelled to continue reading it, even when the story became too hard to take. The book reminded me of Alice Seabold's The Lovely Bones, so if you liked that book, you'll probably enjoy this. (I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.)
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  • S.F. Henson
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, heartbreaking, thought-provoking. This book will rip you to shreds, but in a good way. What makes a girl? And what breaks her? Ellie's story delves deep into these questions as she tries to piece together how she ended up where she did, and how to keep other girls from the same fate. The writing superb and the story profound. Highly recommend to all readers.
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