I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

Chessy Prout, with Jenn Abelson, read by Chessy Prout. S&S Audio, unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-5082-4910-8
A young survivor of sexual assault poignantly recounts the trauma of her experience in the audio edition of her memoir. Prout was 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted by a senior at her prep school, St. Paul’s School—and there are times in this heartfelt narration where her vulnerability is on full display. Her voice breaks when describing the rape and when she tells of the moment she first realized she could be a voice for survivors. Mostly, though, the now college-age Prout comes across as strong, capable, and rightly angry—especially when telling of the many ways people affiliated with the school attempted to shame her into silence and rallied around her attacker by helping to fund his legal defense. Prout’s performance is natural and unforced, alternating between the gentle tones she reserves to describe the support of various family members and the fierce, uncompromising pitch she adopts when detailing the abuse and its chilling aftermath. The audiobook offers some bonus content at the end: Prout’s mother reads her own afterword of advice for victims and their families, and coauthor Abelson, a Boston Globe reporter, offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of the book’s creation. This confident audio adaptation reflects both the strength and the fragility of its young author and narrator. Ages 14–up. A S&S/McElderry hardcover. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 05/28/2018
Release date: 03/01/2018
Genre: Audio
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