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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In The War Blog by Glen Sobey, Crystal and her younger brother have been raised in Alaska by their devoted grandparents since the death of both their parents in a car crash 15 years ago. When their father suddenly makes an appearance, Crystal discovers that her father has just been released from prison after causing the death of their mother. As she tries to come to terms with the return of her malicious and racist father and the deception of her grandparents, Crystal realises the shocking reality of her late mother's past, as a victim of rape, resulting in her fall from grace and into the arms of their drug addict father. As Crystal discovers a society which forces women to believe that they are only worthy if they look a certain way, she begins to fight for the rights of women to believe in themselves. With the help of her best friend and secret love, Kato, they launch The War Blog to help victims of sexual harassment and rape tell of their experiences. As Crystal faces attacks for her views, she escapes with Kato to a Native Alaskan village. Together they form a band and through Crystal's powerful songs against injustice against women, they become a mighty voice for women all over the country. ‘Silence was like ignorance, easy to hide behind but useless as a tool for change.’
This powerfully emotive story tackles the subject of sexual harassment and the rape culture in today's society. The characters have been excellently created and the dialogue is very moving in parts. Crystal is such a great character, fearless and strong minded. The whole story triggers you to question relevant subjects such as the image of women portrayed in the media as sexual objects, the epidemic of drug and sexual abuse and the effects of cyber bullying on social media. There are many twists to the plot and the author cleverly keeps the plot moving forward at a great pace, slowly revealing aspects of the characters' personalities that make for a very engaging read. I definitely feel this would be an excellent book for every teenager who is discovering their true self. Crystal makes a great role model for all teenage girls who have bigger life goals and aspirations than worrying about external appearances. The ending was superb and the song lyrics throughout were quite thought-provoking.