What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin

Young Adult Contemporary


5 Star Read


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. 


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Wow! What Unbreakable Looks Like was a difficult book to read.  I admittedly don’t know too much about the human trafficking that goes on in the US, and this book did a great job of opening my eyes to that.  But as it does deal with trafficking it deals a lot with underage sex and could be difficult for some to read.

The thing I liked most about What Unbreableable Looks Like is that is didn’t shy away from things like sex.  It faced these and other issues head-on.  But that also made this book difficult to read.  There were times in this book that I could feel the helplessness and hopelessness of Lex and the girls.  

Rooting for Lex was easy.  The author did a great job of making her seem like a real person.  Leaving that life was not easy for her. She had trust issues, and I completely saw where she was coming from.  I adored Lex’s aunt and two friends.  If more people had people like that in their lives the world would be a much better place.  

If you can handle reading a book like this, then you should most definitely pick this one up. 

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