I want to start this review out by listing some trigger warnings for this book: inversion therapy (including shock psychotherapy), homophobia, transphobia, abandonment, LGBTQIA+ harm (forcible outing, self harm)
As you can see, this is a heavy book packed in a small package. Raya and Sarah are sent to an inversion camp after being forcibly outed in their small religious town. Here starts the retelling of the Orpheus myth as Raya decides it is up to her to save her “girl.” Will the two make it out of the camp in one piece or will they be torn apart and stuck there forever, struggling to stay alive.
“You know, the thing about family is that you can choose it. And I choose you.”Brynne Rebele-Henry
This story is haunting and alluring as it captivates you with the horror it holds within. Rebele-Henry is a poet and it shows in the prose of this book. The stylization is reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye and it reminds me of a classic ya book.
Even though this is a short read, it’s a very difficult read. As you can see with all of the trigger warnings I posted, this book is not for everyone. It will leave you feeling like you just got punched in the gut.
*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*