Speak by Laure Halse Anderson paved the way for other books where rape wasn’t just something that happened to a supporting character as a cautionary tale: its most obvious successor in the US is Courtney Summers’s All The Rage. Christa Desir’s Fault Line  explores the frustrations of a teenage boy whose  girlfriend is gang-raped and who responds in a way he doesn’t quite understand

A disclaimer, first: I adore Louise O’Neill, as both a person and a writer – she is kind and funny and smart alongside having tremendous skill and (...)