Book Review - I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter // Sprinkles of Dreams

Book Review // I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. CarterEllie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.


I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018

I Stop Somewhere hits hard. It’s not pretty—it has no interest in embellishing ugly truths—it’s not beautifully heartbreaking, and it’s clear from the very start that this book does not have a happy ending.

The things we wish for don’t happen. This is how things really go.


I’d told myself to stay away from books that deal with the subject matter of rape, after I was completely eviscerated by the latest one I’d read, The Female of the Species, but some issues are simply too important to ever avoid facing, even if doing so might be uncomfortable at best.

The truth is, books that talk about rape and rape culture will never cease to be important, and it’s terrible and horrifying how the latter is still perpetuated by media outlets focusing on things such as what the victim was wearing, if she “liked the guy whom she now accuses of rape”, if she’s a “party girl” &c..

And I Stop Somewhere does such a brilliant job of portraying how public perception can warp facts.

“The court of public opinion moves much faster than the law.”

People still mourn the “destroyed, and oh-so promising future” of perpetrators, instead of that of the girl who was physically and emotionally violated. Parents still teach girls to wear less revealing clothes and act in a way that draws less attention to them so as not to “tempt” boys, instead of teaching those not to take advantage, and what consent truly is; that no means no, and that not being able, or of sound mind, to consent equals a no as well.


I Stop Somewhere is a reminder of what truly matters in life; it is filled with powerful and striking scenes, depictions of what it feels like to be young and try to separate yourself and your dreams, wishes, and hopes from what is expected of you, and of trying to find yourself, when you have no idea who “yourself” is.

It is dark, painful, and harrowing—but there is also a small sliver of light that seeps through its darkness.

(…) you matter. Your life matters. Every day, you count and you change the world by existing. You affect the people and the places around you with the ripples you send out into the universe. And when it’s hard to hold on to hope, when the light feels like it can’t keep burning, there’s a world of people behind you whom you’ve affected. They’re there and they have your back, even if you can’t see them.


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xx, Lily


30 thoughts on “Book Review // I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter”

  1. I feel the same about reading books like this. I think it’s important but at the same time… it can be a rough ride. I definitely need to have some fun, fluffy reads for after books like this!

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  2. This sounds amazing! I really enjoy reading books that deal with dark and heavy topics – they’re always the ones that stay with you the longest! They can be a bit much at times, but it’s important that we educate ourselves on these things too! ( but maybe I’ll look for a fluffy contemporary or MG fantasy to read after . . 😁😝 ) Great review 💕

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    1. Me too! And I agree, they’re usually the ones that really leave a lasting impression on me. I’d definitely recommend reading a fluffy YA contemporary or MG after this one, though. 😄

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Shannon! 💗


  3. This is such a gorgeous review, Lily, thank you for sharing! This book sounds so important, but also so intense and heartbreaking. I love these quotes you picked out, too! ❤ ❤

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  4. Some of my most favorite books are the ones that focus on really difficult topics. They are hard to read about sometimes, but they are very important. I haven’t read this one but it sounds like I should. It’s insane that rape culture is the way it is still – that girls are told to dress a certain way and guys are told “boys will be boys.” It’s disgusting.


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  5. Is that your photo in the header image? It’s so pretty! I just found your blog today ❤

    I had no idea what this book was about. It sounds like a very harrowing tale. I recently read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson — I definitely recommend reading that if you haven't already.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Bridget! ☺️ The background image is Jessica’s (@lovefoundinpages on Instagram), and I edited it. 🙂

      It is! And ohh I’ve heard a lot about Speak & it’s on my TBR, but somehow I never got around to actually reading it. 🙈 Thanks so much for reminding me of it, thought!! 💗

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  6. This is such an amazing review, Lily! I’m desperate to read this now — the quotes you chose are so dark and intriguing, and I’m glad that it’s bringing such an important topic to light. I absolutely agree with the points you brought up about the criminals’ futures: surely they’re not as important as the safety of the victims. I hadn’t seen this book around before, so thank you for posting this!

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