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The pain eater, Beth Goobie

Label
The pain eater
Title
The pain eater
Statement of responsibility
Beth Goobie
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Contributor
Author
Editor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
She hadn't told anyone. Not a single soul. Not one word about that night and what had been done to her had ever passed Maddy Malone's lips. She'd thought about it at first - had been desperate, even frantic, to tell. But then had come the shame, and the intimidation from the boys who raped her - and the one who held her down. Now it's the beginning of a new school year and Maddy is hoping that she can continue to hide, making herself as quiet and small as possible. She is consumed with keeping the memories at bay, forcing them down through small cuts and the burn from the end of a cigarette. But when her English class is given the assignment of writing a collaborative novel about a fifteen-year-old girl, The Pain Eater, fact and fiction begin to meet up. When the boys spread rumors about Maddy, she realizes that continuing to hide the truth will only give them more control, and she slowly gains the courage
Writing style
Award
  • Saskatchewan Book Awards, YA Literature Award, 2017.
  • Willow Awards, Snow Willow category, 2017.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 /* Starred Review */ In March, 14-year-old Maddy was jumped by five guys. One of the guys held Maddy down while three of them raped her. A fifth boy stood watch. Although they were wearing masks, Maddy could identify some of their voices. Maddy tells no one of the assault, hoping it will just fade away. But when one of the boys turns up in her English class the following September, Maddy’s reaction is one of pure terror. In class, the students are assigned a collective writing project. One student begins writing a story, and each student writes a subsequent chapter. This story is about Farang, an unfortunate girl designated by her tribe as the “pain eater.” Farang’s plight eerily mirrors Maddy’s, as each girl seems fated to silently bear pain inflicted by others. Goobie beautifully orchestrates the evolution of Farang’s fictional tale with Maddy’s uneven healing process; as the class debates Farang’s culpability in her own abuse, for instance, Maddy’s rapists spread rumors that Maddy was “asking for it.” The student-written chapters flesh out the emotional reactions of the entire class, unveiling a handful of strong individuals who are unmoved by groupthink. Readers may note the parallels between Maddy’s story and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak (1999). These excellent novels complement each other, as each realistically portrays the extended repercussions of sexual assault, as well as the healing power of art. -- Colson, Diane (Reviewed 2/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 11, p48)
  • Gr 10 Up—Maddy Malone has a secret that is destroying her. Raped by a gang of boys in the spring of her freshman year, she lives with daily shame as she begins 10th grade. Suffering silently, she often retreats into the privacy of her backyard tree house. When one of her attackers shows up in her English class, Maddy's anxiety heightens, and she resorts to discreetly piercing her hand with her fingernails and burning her thighs with lit cigarettes. During a class collective novel-writing assignment, her fellow students compose a story that eerily parallels Maddy's own world. After finally building up the courage to reveal her trauma to friends, she starts to heal, gaining confidence and insight. While creating her chapter for the class novel, Maddy must decide how far she is willing to go and how she can use the power of fiction to challenge the status quo. Although disturbing images are evoked throughout the narrative, Goobie approaches the topic of rape with sensitivity and care. Her depiction of peer pressure, teenage angst, and bullying brings to light serious issues that fuel high school students' choices. Though the characterization sometimes falls flat and relationships within the book are not fully developed, Goobie's writing is nevertheless absorbing. Surfacing an important problem that is too often overlooked, the author succeeds in making readers think deeply about the implications of malicious teenage actions and the suffering of victims. --Karin Greenberg (Reviewed 02/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 02, p102)
  • /* Starred Review */ A thoughtful and sensitive handling of a difficult topic.Six months before starting grade 10, Maddy Malone (a white Canadian 14-year-old) is attacked by a group of boys and raped. Following the ordeal, Maddy has become a shell of herself, trying to avoid her attackers, who thus far have not said anything. Everything changes when Maddy shares an English class with two of her attackers. The uneasy silence they've all worked to maintain begins to crumble when the class collectively begins to write The Pain Eater, a fantasy novel about Farang, a 15-year-old girl who at birth was chosen to bear the pain of her fellow villagers. As the students manipulate the story in turn to fit their own ideas and agendas, Maddy begins to see parallels between herself and Farang—and it's not long before her classmates also begin to catch on. When Maddy's secret begins to unravel and her attackers threaten her to keep quiet, she must decide whether to fight or stand down. The novel never hits readers over the head with its message, but it is not an easy read. At times heartbreaking, it honestly addresses Maddy's full range of emotions associated with the rape, from pain to crippling fear and sometimes anger. Through the device of the collectively written story and the teen characters' responses to it, Goobie sensitively and artfully tackles the problematic way rape is perceived in society. Powerfully written, this is not just a story about trauma, but also one of healing. (Fiction. 13-18)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10541517
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Goobie, Beth
Dewey number
jC813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 10
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Fysh, Stephanie
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teenage girls
  • Self-esteem
  • Rape
  • Bullying in schools
  • Young adult fiction
  • Bullying in schools
  • Rape
  • Self-esteem
  • Teenage girls
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The pain eater, Beth Goobie
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Edited by Stephanie Fysh"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1740122
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781772600209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781772600209
  • (OCoLC)950057328
Label
The pain eater, Beth Goobie
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Edited by Stephanie Fysh"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1740122
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781772600209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781772600209
  • (OCoLC)950057328

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