Angie Adams joins the powerlifting team her junior year, but she has more in mind than just toning up—like getting closer to her crush, football star Cory Jacobs, who, as luck would have it, is assigned as her spotting partner. When her feelings are unexpectedly returned, her life is suddenly filled with the giddy electricity of first love. But why, then, does Angie get a little flutter when her older and very hot boss, Brad, looks at her? Angie seems to have everything going her way, until her world is torn apart by her sister’s betrayal which leads to a brutal rape. Heartbroken and reeling in the aftermath, Angie has to find an internal strength to rival her record-breaking power lifts if she ever wants to feel worthy of love again.
My Thoughts: Honorable Disgrace is a enlightening story of rape and survival. Angie is strong, fearless. I really enjoyed this character. I connected with her instantly. The writing is crisp and engaging. Sadly, Ms. Pitman drew upon her own experience of rape for this story. Because of this, we get real insight to how the victim suffers emotionally. It is touching and heartbreaking. It is also encouraging as we see Angie pick herself up and move forward, a truly unstoppable force.
I recommend this novel for older teens on up.
Meet STEPHANIE N. PITMAN
Stephanie N, Pitman is a preschool teacher and a motivated entrepreneur, currently operating two successful businesses with her husband, Travis. She is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her first novel, a YA Contemporary, Honorable Disgrace, is based on her own story of overcoming the ugly side of life, betrayal and rape. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and an active member of the SCBWI. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years and their two boys, visiting the beautiful splendor and diversity of their home state of Montana. Along with being an avid reader and dedicated writer, she enjoys pushing herself to her best by competing in triathlons, relay races, and half marathons along with being a Zumba and Yoga Instructor.