Synopsis: College freshman Victoria Parker is trying to move on with her life after surviving sexual assault by her father and six months in foster care. She’s focusing on the positives–attending college, living on her own, repairing old relationships and making new ones, and getting involved with an abuse survivors activist group on campus. But everything’s thrown into disarray when a strange woman shows up, claiming to be Victoria’s aunt and asking Victoria to lie about what happened to her. With her father’s sentencing in a few months, she’s nervous about having to share the truth of what happened with a judge. She’s not even sure if she has the strength to go through with it. But when her fellow club members begin pressuring her to speak out, Victoria has to decide how to share her story while remaining true to herself.
I want to do something positive to make what happened to me mean something. To show myself that what Dad did didn’t break me.
Change the channel in my mind.
About the Author
Nikki Barthelmess is an author of young adult books, including THE QUIET YOU CARRY, QUIET NO MORE (October 13, 2020), and EVERYTHING WITHIN AND IN BETWEEN (HarperChildren’s, fall 2021). Nikki entered foster care in Nevada at twelve and spent the next six years living in six different towns. During this time, Nikki found solace in books, her journal, and the teachers who encouraged her as a writer. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Nikki lives in Santa Barbara with her family.
Review of Quiet No More
Review (4.5 Stars): Quiet No More was a beautifully written story about being able to move on after experiencing emotional and physical trauma. Victoria was trying to have a normal life after everything that happened and go to college like she had planned. When her Aunt comes and asks her to lie about everything she had been through, she must decide to speak out even though it may be hard to relive her experiences.
This story gutted me after everything that Victoria had been through. I loved The Quiet You Carry and I was happy that Victoria to trying to move on and heal after her trauma. I know that this was a struggle for her and I loved how her support group helped her deal with everything and give her the support she needed to be the strong woman she was. Great story.