Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Perry
After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she’s sure she’ll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy’s got a whole list of reasons why she’s crazy. With immense courage, Joy finds friends and grows closer to her new family. But just when hope is taking hold, she learns she must testify in her mother’s trial. Can she face her old life… Read more.
Trigger & Content Warnings
- Ableism & internalised ableism
- Child abuse
- Rape of a child
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Panic attacks