Exit, Pursued by A Bear

Exit, Pursued by A Bear

eBook - 2016
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At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101994610
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Alternative Title: Pursued by a bear


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0Charlie Oct 23, 2017

A delicately handled topic. I was glad that the reader was spared much of the gory details. Although I couldn't identify with the cheerleading world, I appreciated that the main character was quite self-aware and made good choices - reactions, choice of friends and supporters, remaining honest - even when dark forces swirls around her. It was also fun to recognize place names and locations as the story is set in southern Ontario. Recommended.

JCLBeckyC Oct 16, 2017

I never noticed the poetry in cheerleading until I read this tale of triumph over trauma. Hermione Winters is raped during cheerleading camp. I'm not giving away too much of the plot here, because really, this story is about what happens after the rape: How a confident, intelligent, teen girl perseveres during her senior year of high school, having survived the depths of desolation over summer break. Highly recommended to teens and adults who enjoy realistic fiction. Shakespeare buffs will appreciate the allusions to "Winter's Tale."

Sep 01, 2017

Not impressed. Very slow. Could have been much more exciting

Jul 06, 2017

This book was beyond amazing! It always kept me at the edge of the cliff. I got attached to all the characters! It was fiction that was extremely realistic. It is definitely a must read for everyone!

VaughanPLKim Apr 25, 2017

I like the fact that this book portrays a sexual assault survivor who receives a lot of support from her community: parents, friends, teachers, classmates, police. Not once does anyone question whether the assault really happened or suggest that it was somehow her fault. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many assault survivors. I hope that this book will help others like Hermione find courage to speak out while providing an example of how sexual assault survivors should be treated.

TSCPL_Anna Mar 20, 2017

I never thought I'd love a book about cheerleaders so much, but I do.
One of the things that makes this book a win for me is it is far from a stereotypical cheerleading book. Cheerleading is revered as an actual sport here, and the cheerleaders are prized as athletes and students (far from the cliche blonde bubbly idiots they often are portrayed as). There are a number of boy cheerleaders as well, and none of them are made fun of for their athletic choice. The book also does a marvelous job at interweaving the cheerleading storyline with Hermione's personal struggle- being raped by one of the cheerleading camp members. There are a lot of great discussion topics in this book that will engage all ages. I won't be surprised if this becomes required reading for high school students.

AL_KELSEY Feb 14, 2017

There are a lot of things I didn't really like about this book, BUT there are more important things I loved and appreciated about this book. Yes, it's a little hokey and a bit hard to swallow. I don't love stories involving cheerleaders and romance. However, when we get down to the real issues of this book, the book unravels and shows incredible insight and hope. Finally, there is a story that discusses the issue of sexual assault where the victim has support, not only through her trauma, but through an abortion that was a result of that sexual assault. Regardless of anyone's thoughts and opinions on abortion, the point of the matter is that anyone who is pregnant and even considering abortion, needs help. They need someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, and friends and family that will work to understand them. This is less a story about rape, and more a story about a community coming together and giving the victim the help he/she needs. Beautiful.

EvaELPL Feb 02, 2017

This book manages to achieve what not many books do: it authentically and honestly portrays the act and aftermath of sexual assault without reducing it to sensationalism, turning it into an "issue" book rather than a book about characters, or resorting to either shock or overly sentimental unrealities -- and yet still manages to remain empathetic and almost hopeful. Hermione experiences something horrific, and the author never sugarcoats that fact, or the reality of the trauma that lingers with her because of it, but Hermione also has a strong support system, attentive and caring community members, and a firm knowledge that no one is to blame for her rape except for her rapist. In the author's note, Johnston acknowledges that this is unfortunately rare, and that most victims won't experience such unflinching (albeit deserved) support, but ultimately this book acknowledges the reality of the rape culture we all live in, and prompts us to rise up and challenge it on both a personal and communal level with honesty and empathy. An invaluable message for teens (and everyone else) to hear.

JCLJackieS Jan 31, 2017

After being raped at cheerleading camp, Hermione receives a lot of support, but also senses that people view her differently. She is determined to not allow this negative experience define her, and does everything she can to live her life as she would have had she not been assaulted. Hermione and the characters who surround her are believable, and all have realistic, though varied, reactions to her rape. I think anyone who has been assaulted, or knows someone who has, can relate to Hermione, her friends, and family.

AL_KATI Jan 23, 2017

A fantastic novel that will make you think about the difference between a rape victim and a rape survivor.

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