Lex was taken – trafficked – and now she’s Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn’t quite know how to be Lex again.
After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it is to feel truly safe. Except, she doesn’t trust it. Doesn’t trust her new home. Doesn’t trust her new friend. Doesn’t trust her new life. Instead she trusts what she shouldn’t because that’s what feels right. She doesn’t deserve good things.
But when she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her and that just because she is used to it, doesn’t mean it is okay. She’s thrust into the limelight and realizes she has the power to help others. But first she’ll have to confront the monsters of her past with the help of her family, friends, and a new love.
Kate McLaughlin’s What Unbreakable Looks Like is a gritty, ultimately hopeful novel about human trafficking through the lens of a girl who has escaped the life and learned to trust, not only others, but in herself.
What happens when your life is taken away from you?
Lex aka Poppy was force into the life of sex trafficking and endure so much abuse with men. Until one day she is found and returned to her aunt. Lex still don’t understand how to live in this real world after her ordeal. She starts dating a guy who take advantage of her and has use his friends to assault her. Lex don’t understand what they did wrong because she still embracing her old life as Poppy. Lex must discover who she going to be and leave Poppy behind for good.
What Unbreakable is is a heartbreaking it. It was very detailed and well written. Also the book discusses some very difficult and sensitive topic on human trafficking. It was a very revealing read about the world of sex trafficking. The main character been so much and she don’t understand how to act around people anymore and seems lost in the beginning. Lucky she forms a good support system to help her through the pain of being Poppy and move from her.
This book has a lot of trigger warnings for some readers. I did liked this book so much and the cover design was very pretty. So many emotions where in this read and still there be hope in the end for the main character to get through it.