The V Girl by Mya Robarts: 5/5 stars!
ROMANCE SET IN A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE
In post-apocalyptic North America, sexual slavery is legal. Lila Velez desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend. Lila does not love him, but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute for love.
Lila’s coping mechanism to cope with her mother’s loss is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey Fürst, a foreign, broody man who she distrusts because of his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. He offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.
With threats looming at every turn and no way to escape, Lila fears that falling in love will only lead to more heartache. The consequences of laying down her arms for Aleksey and welcoming hope might destroy more than her heart. They might force her to face the worst of her nightmares becoming a reality. Is love possible in a world that has forgotten what the human touch is?
NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR
* This is a book full of romance and anti-rape messages. I didn’t write this book to romanticize violence against women but to tell the story of a girl who has to come of age under the most terrible circumstances.
* This full-length novel is a stand alone. No cliffhanger
* Alpha male hero. No cheating. No slut-shaming.
* Includes a discussion guide for bookclubs
* Possible triggers for abuse survivors.
* Due to violent scenes and romantic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
So, I finished this book two days ago. Normally, I’ll write a review the same day or the day after I finish a book. But The V Girl by Mya Robarts is so incredible and thought provoking that I needed to think about it a bit before putting anything down on paper.
Set in a dystopian future, The V Girl is a coming of age story about a girl named Lila who lives in a small, backward town in or near California. The story is so thought provoking because it’s centered around institutional rape. There are other books out there who take on the subject of rape but never has it been in as good of hands as Mya Robarts. Robarts sheds light on this tough subject with grace, honesty, compassion, and humor. Though it is essentially a romance, this book brings out the best and worst in family, small towns, revolution, and humanity.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance with substance. This isn’t a light, fluffy weekend read; it will make you think…a lot. Pay attention to the quotes and passages highlighted at the beginning of each chapter; some are about actual situations during past wars. Finally, there are some horrible scenes so beware if rape or abuse are triggers for you. While Robarts does an incredible, tasteful job writing difficult scenes, they can still be hard to read.