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What Unbreakable Looks Like [PDF / Epub] ☂ What Unbreakable Looks Like By Kate McLaughlin – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Lex was taken trafficked and now she s Poppy Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory But when the girls are rescued, she doesn t quite know how to be Lex again After she mov Lex was taken trafficked and now she s Poppy Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory But when the girls are rescued, she doesn t quite know how to be Lex again After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it What Unbreakable eBook ã 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 loveKate 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.


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  1. Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️ Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️ says:

    Harrowing tale of recovery from being trafficked as a sexual slave This was a gritty realistic tale of a girl who was a survivor of human trafficking in the United States, and it was a very interesting book as well as a good story When I think of human trafficking, I usually picture American girls who are snatched either here or while traveling abroad and immediately sent to another foreign country never to be heard from again Either that or Eastern European or Asian women who are tricked into Harrowing tale of recovery from being trafficked as a sexual slave This was a gritty realistic tale of a girl who was a survivor of human trafficking in the United States, and it was a very interesting book as well as a good story When I think of human trafficking, I usually picture American girls who are snatched either here or while traveling abroad and immediately sent to another foreign country never to be heard from again Either that or Eastern European or Asian women who are tricked into coming to the US and told they only have to work off their travel fees but end up working forever.However, what happens to the girl in this book apparently happens to a lot of young girls in the U.S Her name was Alexa and she was tricked by a guy named Mitch, a friend of her mothers boyfriend into thinking he was her boyfriend, then after a bit she moved in with him Her mother was a drunk so she didn t care when Alexa stopped attending school and moved in with this older guy Then after a few weeks he tells her that he owes a friend a lot of money and the friend will kill him, but the friend wants her so if she has sex with the friend everything will be ok.Soon after that, Mitch has her addicted to drugs and is her pimp and moves her into a motel with other girls just like her Three years later the cops bust into the motel and Alexa, now known as Poppy is free Her Aunt wants to take her and provide a home for her, but it is hard for her to trust anything The book is written very well in that it goes from her new life to flashbacks of her old life showing how hard it is to move into a new life after being where she was..Of course it is hard to trust any man after being used as a sex object by hundreds if notthan a thousand men in those three years, all while under the age of eighteen Some of them were even cops She is afraid to even trust her aunt s husband at first, she was positive he would try to come into her bedroom at night.It s understandable really when your father leaves at a young age and your mother never cared about you, then the one person you thought was your Knight in shining armor turns out to be a pimp who sells you to slimy men and beats you if you try to say no When Lex and the other girls are picked up by the cops, Mitch is not found because he was tipped off by his friends in the police force So he was still out there and Alexa s mother was calling her Aunt because her boyfriend, Frank is friends with Mitch and they want her back with Mitch.It is a tough way back for this girl but a pretty awesome story of recovery and getting to a place where she can accept what happened and be at peace with herself She has help from a therapist, a cop, a few friends, a puppy and she goes through a few trials before getting on the right path The book kept my interest throughout the entire length and the characters were well written and fully developed I liked all of them in this story The fact that Poppy Alexa was held less than 30 minutes from her mother s house was eye opening to me I really like the way her new romance develops very slowly out of friendship after the first boyfriend she has turns out to be a completely terrible mistake from start to finish and bad for her in every way possible It all seemed extremely realistic like something that could really happen or have been based on a true story.I voluntarily read reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own Blog Goodreads Facebook Instagram Twitter BookBub


  2. Deanna Deanna says:

    My reviews can also be seen at gritty, honest, and raw story that I couldn t put down We never asked for this This book opens as police raid a motel rescuing girls trafficked by a local pimp The motel is both a prison and a home for Poppy Lex and Mitch Anderson s other nighttime girls.The noise wakes Lex who then wakes Ivy They both rush to get dressed When the cops break the door down, the girls try to run but they don t make it far The p My reviews can also be seen at gritty, honest, and raw story that I couldn t put down We never asked for this This book opens as police raid a motel rescuing girls trafficked by a local pimp The motel is both a prison and a home for Poppy Lex and Mitch Anderson s other nighttime girls.The noise wakes Lex who then wakes Ivy They both rush to get dressed When the cops break the door down, the girls try to run but they don t make it far The police tell them they aren t in trouble and take them to the hospital.Mitch liked to name his girls after flowers Alexa Grace Lex was given the name Poppy.Lex tells the police that Mitch Anderson is her boyfriend Then they ask about Frank Frank is her mother s boyfriend He s also one of Mitch s associates The police want to send her to rehab for trafficked girls But after that where will she go She can t go home to her mother and HIM Where do all unwanted kids go But it turns out someone DOES want Lex, her Aunt Krys and her husband, Jamal.When she sees her Aunt Krys the tears finally come Ivy wants Lex to leave the hospital with her Lex is ready to go but then she sees her Aunt She has to make a choice Ivy or her Aunt Lex or Poppy She just wants someone to tell her everything is going to be okay She wants to believe that her aunt and uncle really want her She worries she ll disappoint them or they ll disappoint her She worries they ll discover she s not worth it.Lex begins to settle in but it s not easy She makes some new friends and soon she even has a boyfriend But then she is horribly betrayed once again.At first, she s ashamed But another part of her wants to fight She wants to help others see that this is NOT okay.Will Lex find the strength to stay Will she be able to confront her past and the monsters in it Wow What an incredible debut novel Gut wrenching and emotional, it s going to stay with me for a very long time.A great story with amazing characters This novel may be a tough read for some as it deals with many significant and relevant issues like sexual assault, violence, and human trafficking.We need Detectives like Detective Marianne Willis We also need fewer people who look the other way.The story is told from Lex s point of view Alternating between the past and the present, we learn about Lex s life with her mother and what she endured as Poppy.Insightful and realistic, this was an incredibly moving and powerful story of survival I d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel All opinions are my own


  3. destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] says:

    ETA My amazing friend Leelynn read and reviewed this book recently and had such important things to say about it, so please check her review out, too.Given that sex trafficking is such an under discussed topic that affects so many teens around the world, What Unbreakable Looks Like had endless amounts of potential to be a new favorite for me I love when authors are willing to tackle dark, important topics such as this when it s done well. Unfortunately, this story was quite the disappointing ETA My amazing friend Leelynn read and reviewed this book recently and had such important things to say about it, so please check her review out, too.Given that sex trafficking is such an under discussed topic that affects so many teens around the world, What Unbreakable Looks Like had endless amounts of potential to be a new favorite for me I love when authors are willing to tackle dark, important topics such as this when it s done well. Unfortunately, this story was quite the disappointing reading experience First of all, the writing wasn t a good fit for me The dialogue is clunky and unnatural, the pacing is off and incredibly rushed in the beginning , and the characters feel flat Lex as a narrator is immensely frustrating because, despite all of these terrible and difficult things happening to her, her emotional responses feel wholly absent She talks about reacting in certain ways but there s never any weight to it It s honestly rare that I ve met a main character who struck me as so singularly one dimensional.The other issue I had was the author s usage of AAVE A bit of slang is one thing, but when your narrator changes into a weird bastardization of AAVE every time she wants to make herself sound tough or edgy, I m really uncomfortable with that especially when it s to such a degree that it feels like a caricature, as is the case here I saw so few other reviewers fret over the depiction of AAVE Black characters in this book that I almost second guessed myself, but I know when something feels wrong in my gut.I haveto say that can t be said here, so if you d like to read the rest of my thoughts, you can do that HERE on my blog


  4. Elle Elle says:

    I was a little nervous going into this A YA novel about a sex trafficking victim seems like something that can go off the rails pretty easily The subject matter feels like it might be beyond teenagers, but aren t teenagers the ones who aresusceptible to being trafficked Maybe I was initially apprehensive, but it turns out that Kate McLaughlin wasthan up to the task What Unbreakable Looks Like skillfully walks a fine line between being honest about harsh realities without being exp I was a little nervous going into this A YA novel about a sex trafficking victim seems like something that can go off the rails pretty easily The subject matter feels like it might be beyond teenagers, but aren t teenagers the ones who aresusceptible to being trafficked Maybe I was initially apprehensive, but it turns out that Kate McLaughlin wasthan up to the task What Unbreakable Looks Like skillfully walks a fine line between being honest about harsh realities without being exploitive The story is about Alexa s survival and coping after being freed from sexual slavery as a teenager She s not okay yet, and it can be difficult to read even a fictional account of the kind of turmoil that girls who have been through this experience while just trying to live a normal life What this is not like is My Dark Vanessa It might be easy to make those comparisons, but Alexa is in a very different place than Vanessa was My Dark Vanessa is, in part, the reflections of an adult woman decades after her abuse She has rationalized away much of what happened to her and reading some of the excuses she comes up with on behalf of her abuser can be stomach turning Alexa and Vanessa have both been repeatedly sexually assaulted, blame themselves, were initially failed by those who were supposed to protect them and will have to bear some of this burden into adulthood, but the key difference here is Alexa got help She got help she asked for and help she didn t Vanessa was left to fall through the cracks and try to put herself back together That s where I think this book can do a lot of good for a YA audience If they re experiencing abuse or have feelings similar to Alexa s, they can watch her come out of it better than when she started There s a light at the end of the tunnel Vanessa s story is not a happy one, because she still hasn t completely surfaced from the hold her abuser had on her In Unbreakable, we get to see a girl not just survive, but begin to thrive Alexa has surrogate parents that love understand her, best friends that are loyal to her, school administrators who listen to her and advocates in her local police department I can only imagine what Vanessa would have been like if she had that type of support system.I wouldn t go so far as to call this novel uplifting It s hard to feel good while reading about child abuse and rape But there s a level of comeuppance and hope here that can be difficult to hold on to in books about sexual violence McLaughlin is letting her readers know that yes, it does get better, in a way that feels real and attainable I know it s probably going to get banned from a lot of schools, but I hope this book is still able to make its way into the hands of teenagers who need and want to read itThanks to St Martin s Press Netgalley for an advance copy


  5. Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ says:

    What Unbreakable Looks Like is a raw, gut wrenching, emotional story of a young girl s long road back to normal after being rescued along with a few other girls from a dirty, seedy motel room all victims of sex traffickers who kept them drugged and in sexual slavery Alexa spends a few weeks in rehabevery minute spent looking for a chance to run back to the only life she knows She s skeptical of her aunt s offer of a home, family, and love wondering what she and her husband want in r What Unbreakable Looks Like is a raw, gut wrenching, emotional story of a young girl s long road back to normal after being rescued along with a few other girls from a dirty, seedy motel room all victims of sex traffickers who kept them drugged and in sexual slavery Alexa spends a few weeks in rehabevery minute spent looking for a chance to run back to the only life she knows She s skeptical of her aunt s offer of a home, family, and love wondering what she and her husband want in return Alex s pimp has conditioned her to accept that she s the blame for all that happened to her, and she doesn t deserve anything better He broke her will and spirit Or did he The story that unfolds is one of a survivor of human trafficking digging deep, finding the will, strength, and desire to reclaim control of her life Through present chapters, readers see and feel Alex s struggle to cope with regular everyday life She doesn t know how to trust, refuses to allow herself to feel, and is betrayed once again when she finally does Her loss of innocence, self blame, and frail self esteem are evident through often too real scenes that broke my heart Through past chapters, readers experience a little of the horrifying daily life of a young girl trapped in a life of drugs, alcohol, and sex slavery often betrayed by the ones who should be their protectors I applaud the author for handling the subject with blunt honesty while affording these victims the care they deserve The way these girls are beat down and broken beyond repair is absolutely heart wrenching Unfortunately, most are unable to make it out alive and if they do, the road to full recovery is long, hard, and treacherous Many relapse to the only life they identify with or commit suicide What Unbreakable Looks Like is a character driven story that focuses on Alex as step by step she dares to hope, dream and finally reclaim her life The story is brilliantly rendered through the voice of Alex as she reacclimates to living in a safe place, attending high school, making friends all the normal teenage things that were stolen from her Hopefully, this story will open some eyes to the danger lurking around young girls as well as boys from small towns to big cities from family friends to boyfriends to evil strangers no one description fits all sex traffickers I hope this message of hope reaches those struggling to overcome their pain, grief, and addictions What Unbreakable Looks Like is the story of a girl who refused to be broken One who survived and reclaimed a full, rich life One who could finally look at her own face in a mirror and think, This is what unbreakable looks like While this book is dark, raw, and graphic, its message is one of hope, light, and love I believe all readers will benefit from reading it Highly Recommended Many thanks to Minotaur Books for an arc of this book Minotaur Influencers This review will appear on Cross My Heart Reviews on June 24, 2020 during the Blog Tour


  6. Ari Ari says:

    Blog Instagram TwitterThank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine.Once you lose control,it s easier to let other people take itAfter reading the synopsis for this book, I knew that it was going to be moving Starting with a whisper and building to a crescendo, the voice of Lex is a beautiful and heartbreaking thing This is a young woman who has seen and felt everything horrible that can be inflicted upon a person, and survived Bu Blog Instagram TwitterThank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine.Once you lose control,it s easier to let other people take itAfter reading the synopsis for this book, I knew that it was going to be moving Starting with a whisper and building to a crescendo, the voice of Lex is a beautiful and heartbreaking thing This is a young woman who has seen and felt everything horrible that can be inflicted upon a person, and survived But the most amazing thing about her is that no matter how much she thinks that the life has been beaten out of her, no matter the scars that mark her inside and out, she still has hope Lex s hope is what eventually brings her alive.When I started reading, I began with the impression that the character of Alexa was going through the motions There was a lot of almost rushing through the paces she was broken out of the motel alongside the other girls by the police raid, she was taken to the hospital, her aunt was brought in, she was taken to a house of rehabilitation It was fact after fact, and it seemed as if not enough introspection was being inserted to make me connect But as I started to get to know Lex, I saw the brilliance of this.Alexa compartmentalizes her emotions and thoughts She trained herself to do this in order to hold on to the scrap of life that she had If she feels too much, or at all sometimes, she falls apart Her entrance into a new home, and her introduction to new friends and a new family, is what finally gets her to open up little by little It s something that happens at a slow and tenuous progress, and the writing shifts perfectly because of this Suddenly Lex s thoughts, ideas and feelings begin to makeof an appearance And as fragile as they are, we get to know her better That s when we really begin to feel the trauma and tragedy that is her life From here on out, the story won me over.After the torture that Lex is put through, the people that are put into her life are a gift And I certainly understand her mistrust at first It s all too good to be true, that s the only thing that she has been taught to know Her sweet aunt Krys and kind uncle Jamal, the new friend Elsa from across the street, and the boy who becomes her protector, Zack These four people are the main front that stand by Alexa, and the patience and support that they lend her is so good in its simplicity, without any restrictions or anything expected in return, that in a way it rekindles your belief that there really are good people out there And it s a little sad, this realization that you have alongside the lead.I think that, due to the nature of the abuse that Lex goes through, her relationship with Zack is one of the most important ones in the novel Their attachment, as it grows, is such a beautiful but frail thing to behold And again, because of what Alexa is accustomed to, she purposefully attempts to destroy thatthan once This is what she knows, this is what she is accustomed to and what she believes despite what she really wants that Zack is after to use her Every time that that boy pushed her away, while remaining by her, was not just a point in his favor but a new way for Lex to realize that she deserves , and that she is not going to be the broken thing that she believes herself to be.Despite her initial reluctance, she wants to not just survive, but to live.Overall, What Unbreakable Looks Like is very character driven Through this cast and their development, the story grows and reaches its satisfying finish There are moments when justice is certainly served, but there is also a lot of loss along the way I cried a few times this novel is going to make you cry or at least get the reader teary eyed, it s almost impossible for someone not to be sentimental and there were moments when it was difficult to read through the things that not only Poppy went through, but the other girls as well In the end, however, it s all worth it.Inspirational, raw, difficult to put down and poignant, this novel stays with you well after you finish


  7. Kendall Kendall says:

    Wow what a punch to the gut Kate McLaughlin delivers a raw and powerful story about sex trafficking, drug use, prostitution, and sexual assault I will say this is not the easiest book to read but I thoroughly enjoyed this so much.Lex was taken and is now in the life known as poppy Lex was rescued at a hotel with a number of other girls Lex was taken in by her aunt and uncle and is trying to survive as Lex and not Poppy Kate McLaughlin truly approaches the topic of sex trafficking wit Wow what a punch to the gut Kate McLaughlin delivers a raw and powerful story about sex trafficking, drug use, prostitution, and sexual assault I will say this is not the easiest book to read but I thoroughly enjoyed this so much.Lex was taken and is now in the life known as poppy Lex was rescued at a hotel with a number of other girls Lex was taken in by her aunt and uncle and is trying to survive as Lex and not Poppy Kate McLaughlin truly approaches the topic of sex trafficking without holding anything back and I respect the hell out of this author for writing about such a hard topic We slowly see Lex s story unfold about her horrors of being trafficked and the reality of the aftermath It truly was so heartbreaking, beautiful, and emotional to see Lex work through her demons and pain through a world of darkness I wanted to scream with Lex, cry with Lex, smile with Lex, hug Lex, and love her through this entire novel.McLaughlin s talent shines across the pages of this novel that will haunt you in your sleep This book will not leave me for a long time and I can t recommend enough to others This isn t for the faint of heart and are some graphic descriptions of sexual assault and trafficking but I m hoping it will leave a mark on your heart like it did mine 5 stars Thank you so much to Netgalley and St Martin s press for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Pub day 6 23 20Published to GR 2 2 20


  8. Kristy Kristy says:

    One of my absolute favorite reads of the yearThis amazing, heartbreaking and powerful book blew my mind It tugged at my heartstrings and will stay with me for quite some time This is a must read, everyone.Lex is human trafficked and becomes Poppy, kept in a hotel with other girls with flower names But then the girls are rescued, and Poppy must try to become Lex again She moves in with her aunt and uncle a place where s she s truly safe for the first time in a long time But she s been so hur One of my absolute favorite reads of the yearThis amazing, heartbreaking and powerful book blew my mind It tugged at my heartstrings and will stay with me for quite some time This is a must read, everyone.Lex is human trafficked and becomes Poppy, kept in a hotel with other girls with flower names But then the girls are rescued, and Poppy must try to become Lex again She moves in with her aunt and uncle a place where s she s truly safe for the first time in a long time But she s been so hurt and broken and has a hard time trusting or believing she deserves anything good in her life When she s sexually assaulted by her boyfriend, Lex has to reckon with the fact that this isn t something she deserves because of her past.This book broke my heart and then patched it back together McLaughlin writes Lex in such a way that she jumps off the page a realistic, amazing, and wonderful heroine learning to be in charge of her own story She covers human trafficking in its stark reality and yet this story is hopeful and tender I loved the character of Lex, as well as her aunt, Krys Knowing that Lex has been conditioned to think she deserves to be treated badly just breaks your heart thinking sex is her only power, all she s worth The way McLaughlin shows how human trafficking has destroyed Lex and distorted her self image is one of the most powerful things I ve read in ages This book blew me away All the stars.Thanks to Wednesday Books for my copy in return for an unbiased review You can support indie bookstores and buy a copy of this book here Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram PaperBackSwap Smashbomb


  9. Erin Erin says:

    Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review This is one of those raw, gets right down to the core of your soul, welcome to my emotional rollercoaster type of books It s also a very difficult read that presents a lot of very heavy subjects like rape, slut shaming, sexual abuse It is also the first novel for me that has dived into the subject of human trafficking Our main character, Alexa has escaped this life and the book carries us through t Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review This is one of those raw, gets right down to the core of your soul, welcome to my emotional rollercoaster type of books It s also a very difficult read that presents a lot of very heavy subjects like rape, slut shaming, sexual abuse It is also the first novel for me that has dived into the subject of human trafficking Our main character, Alexa has escaped this life and the book carries us through the process that she goes through in order to move on from her experience There were so many wonderful characters and there were plenty of villains, too I feel like I have so much to say but I cannot fully express how greatly affected I am ever reading this book If this isn t one of the books nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in 2020, I will be very very disappointed Also, that book cover is gorgeous Goodreads review published 19 05 20Expected Publication Date 23 06 20


  10. PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps says:

    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE by Kate McLaughlin in exchange for my honest review Reading the first page of WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE, I felt a rare tingle in my stomach letting my know I was reading something special A few chapters in, I realized WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE might be one of my all time favorite books.Kate McLaughlin blew me away with this special, poignant story of Alexa, a teenager trafficked, now living with h Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE by Kate McLaughlin in exchange for my honest review Reading the first page of WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE, I felt a rare tingle in my stomach letting my know I was reading something special A few chapters in, I realized WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE might be one of my all time favorite books.Kate McLaughlin blew me away with this special, poignant story of Alexa, a teenager trafficked, now living with her aunt and uncle Lexie s pitch perfect voice oozed distrusted and pain as she slowly healed and learned to love without abuse I loved the support Lex received from the police officer, her teachers and principal and friends and hoped that in real life, trafficking survivors have the same support system WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE should be required reading for teens to teach consent, illustrate bullying slut shaming and how to support our friends and family who have survived trauma.I know I ll reread WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE again, like I do with all my favorite books


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