Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Actes Non Consentis 

Themes:#MeToo movement, survival, overcoming trauma

Trigger warning: mention of sexual assault

While settling down and opening this book, I did expect a difficult read, and the need to take a break between chapters. Understandably, this isn't the kind of novel you can read in one sitting.

Being an emotional story with a pinch of wisdom and gentle, you can't help but feel touched by the brave testimony of a girl whose whirlwind internship became a nightmare, and root for her to obtain justice. This desire is increased here since it's a real experience, inflicted to a person who could be your young sister or one of your distant cousins. This self-help story covers all the elements that one goes through in such a distasteful situation: we follow Lucie through her hopes, fears, hardships, and wins.

We see her take back control in her life and can't help but admire her strength and selflessness. Her advice for seeking help and her heartfelt confidence are both so natural and relatable. The writing style is simple, the story is told in her own words and therefore, it can be read easily in that matter ( though a particular scene may be extremely triggering and the subject remains heavy).

This book is the key for those of you who went through a similar experience or want to understand better what's going on in the mind of a loved one who experienced sexual assault.

Note: As stated earlier, the writing style isn't sophisticated and those of you who understand even just a bit of French should be able to read it with not too much difficulties. 

Rating system: I honestly don't know how to rate this book, but with much thought and reflection, I daresay it deserves a solid 4.6 out of 5 ratings. And I'm sure this rating will only increase with the new version. The writing style may seem simple but then again, it's a real testimony, without any filters or polishing, which makes in my opinion the experience more relatable and touching, as the author poured her heart and soul about her passage to adulthood in the most gruesome way.