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We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire

Em Morales’s older sister was raped by another student after a frat party. A jury eventually found the rapist guilty on all counts–a remarkable verdict that Em felt more than a little responsible for, since she was her sister’s strongest advocate on social media during the trial. Her passion and outspokenness helped dissuade the DA from settling for a plea deal. Em’s family would have real justice.

But the victory is short-lived. In a matter of minutes, justice vanishes as the judge turns the Morales family’s world upside down again by sentencing the rapist to no prison time. While her family is stunned, Em is literally sick with rage and guilt. To make matters worse, a news clip of her saying that the sentence “makes me want to use a fucking sword” goes viral.

From this low point, Em must find a new reason to go on and help her family heal, and she finds it in the unlikely form of the story of a 15th-century French noblewoman, Marguerite de Bressieux, who is legendary as an avenging knight for rape victims.

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire is a searing and nuanced portrait of a young woman torn between a persistent desire for revenge and a burning need for hope.

Titulo:We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9780525556053
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  • Kai

    Who does not want to read about medieval women taking up swords, donning knights' armour, and killing their rapists on the battlefield? Especially when the title's so good....

  • jessica

    ‘a woman broken, rebuilt, can conquer any sword.’ violence against women, victim shaming, and unaccountability are intertwined topics that i could stand on my soap box and preach about until my...

  • Melanie (mells_view)

    “People are so fucking awful. But they also make things so beautiful they break your heart, you know?”Trigger Warning - rape, bullying, trauma discussion, goreWe Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire is ...

  • Maia

    I had the pleasure of illustrating this novel! So I got to read the book early, and my review will be quite biased :D It takes place mostly over one summer during which high schooler Em Morales loses ...

  • Angela Staudt

    Thank you PenguinTeen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. We Are The Ashes, We Are The Fire is truly a powerful book that makes you feel every emotion. You feel burning rage, sadness, heart ...

  • Kelly

    Half-Guatemalan Em is incensed at how cis boys can so easily get away with behaving terribly toward girls, and she's been writing about it for the school paper as a means of working through her older ...

  • Kristi

    Brash. Brazen. Bossy. Hussy. I just finished We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough and it is fiercely beautiful and heartbreaking. Em is the biggest champion and loudest voice when it co...

  • Mallory

    I want to start with saying that a lot of the material in this book is potentially triggering subject matter particularly of rape and the aftermath. That being said I loved this book and felt it did a...

  • Trinh

    I'm so sad that I end up not liking this book. The first half was very good, but the last half went downhill so quickly. Around page 200, the main character suddenly ignores everyone in her life and f...

  • USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the Bookish First. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire is a book that will ignite your rage. It's s...

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