Reinventing Hannah

Young Adult - Social Issues
480 Pages
Reviewed on 09/16/2020
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

Hannah is the Vice President of her school's Students Against Destructive Decisions club. She gets good grades and is called Mouse by her close friends because she often doesn’t make decisions for herself and lets others make them for her. She gives in to her friend Sierra and goes to a college Halloween party. Even though Hannah doesn’t get drunk, she is drugged and wakes up the next morning at her friend's house, wondering what happened to her. Her whole world is shattered when she finds out that she was raped at the party.
Reluctant to tell her parents, Hannah tries to act as nothing happened, but rumors of her being drunk and sleeping with random people begin to circulate among her peers. After the rumors, she has to tell her parents what had happened. Meanwhile, so many thoughts are going through her head. She worries she’s pregnant or has caught some disease, worries about getting kicked out of SADD because she went to the party that ruined her life. She also mourns over her lost innocence as she tries to pick up the pieces to put herself back together.

Reinventing Hannah has been such a powerful read for me. It’s a very real scenario with very real results and very real issues going on in today’s world. I thought the characters were very well thought out and relatable. Discussing rape in any book is a tough subject to cover but I feel that author Jack A. Ori has done a good job in portraying this issue in a tasteful manner. Overall, I think this is a great book for teens and adults to read and I will be definitely recommending it to others. Also, I cannot wait to see what else Ori will write.