All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell

Available At: Rampart

Categories : LGBTQ+, Sexual, Violence

Description: Something happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. Ava would rather keep that something hidden-buried deep in her heart and her soul. But in the woods on the outskirts of town, the traces of someone else’s secrets lie frozen, awaiting Ava’s discovery–and what Ava finds threatens to topple the carefully constructed wall of normalcy that she’s spent years building around her.

YA Label?: Unknown

Notes: This book contains sexual content, LGBTQ, rape, and violence.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 2: Something else was wet, somewhere else I didn’t want to say.

Page 4: I had a “good” rape. The kind where I was young enough that it was definitely not my fault. I was not sexy enough for people to think I might have secretly wanted it. My rape was committed by a psycho-stranger-bad-man-not-anybody-nice-we-know.

Page 7: My friend Syd, short for Sydney, thinks virginity is stages: mouth virginity, hand virginity-even boyginity and girlginity, with all the subcategories that go with.

Page181: Knowing I have to have a masturbation strategy in case my thoughts veet back to that-damage.

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