What Unbreakable Looks Like By Kate McLaughlin Book 3 Of #20booksofsummer20

What Unbreakable Looks Like

Title: What Unbreakable Looks Like

Author: Kate McLaughlin

Pages: 336 pages

Format: Ebook

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 3.5 stars


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 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 love.

Kate 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.

My Thoughts

I was sent an email with a NetGalley widget inviting me to read this book. I read the synopsis and decided to read it so thanks to the publisher, the author and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.

First I just want to say that this is a painfully honest book and a hard topic to read about. There are trigger warnings for sex trafficking, substance abuse, addiction and so many others so if you are triggered by content please look into it before reading this book.

This book starts off by the girls being rescued and then follows Alexa (Lex) and how she copes with the aftermath. Every person has a different way of coping with trauma and there’s no right or wrong way. We get to see Lex grow so much in the story. She starts off not trusting anything or anyone and by the end of the book she still has bad times but she has started to trust more and believe that she deserves to be happy.

The writing was very choppy and hard to keep up with. I mean one minute I was reading about Lex sitting in the kitchen talking to the detective and then she was all of a sudden in her room. This is just one example of how the author would jump from one thing to another and you really had to be paying attention to catch it. Keep in mine that I read an uncorrected proof so things could be different in the final copy.

I also need to mention the use of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) This was brought to my attention and I have to be honest and say I didn’t know what this was until I looked it up. The person who brought it to my attention was very uncomfortable with the usage and stopped reading it. When I was reading it I felt like some of the language was off and didn’t feel right but I didnt know what it was until this was brought to my attention. It was only in the very beginning of the book.

Overall I think this is a book that needs to be read by everyone. The content is very heartbreaking but also hopeful. As mentioned several times in the book most girls go back to the like so Lex’s story is a best case scenario but still one that needs to be talked about more.



7 thoughts on “What Unbreakable Looks Like By Kate McLaughlin Book 3 Of #20booksofsummer20

  1. Great review Misty. I also picked up on the language used and thought it was a bit off, but as I continued to read, it stopped, so I forgot to mention that in my review. I agree this is a powerful story that sheds light on a topic that is very hush hush and shouldn’t be.

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