review: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K Johnston

"There's a moment when I know that I should scream. But screaming would be hard. And blackness would be easy. Black picks me."
- E.K Johnston, Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued a by Bear by E.K. Johnston
Publication Date: March 15th 2016
Pages: 256
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary

“I love you,” Polly says suddenly when I’m almost to the door. “I know,” I say.

 Hermione Winters has been a flyer. She’s been captain of her cheerleading team. The envied girlfriend and the undisputed queen of her school. Now it’s her last year and those days and those labels are fading fast. In a few months she’ll be a different person. She thinks she’s ready for whatever comes next. But then someone puts something in her drink at a party, and in an instant she finds herself wearing new labels, ones she never imagined: Victim. Survivor. That raped girl. Even though this was never the future she imagined, one essential thing remains unchanged: Hermione can still call herself Polly Olivier’s best friend, and that may be the truest label of all. 

“I love you,” I say, because I really, really do. “I know,” says Polly

I've never read a book, where a character was raped, until Exit, Pursued by a Bear.
Rape is a huge fear for woman. The rapist makes the victim powerless by taking away choice. In Hermione's story, she reclaims her power that the rapist took from her. Exit, Pursued by a Bear shows how Hermione regains her power.
Hermione is captain of her cheerleading team so you may assume that she's strict, bossy and maybe sassy. Hermione doesn't fit in any of those "labels". She's understandable, kind but firm with her decisions. Wouldn't you assume that her team is kind and understandable with her? Bingo. But, would her team help its raped captain? Good question. Friendships and relationships are tested. Hermione's strongest help was Polly, her best friend. Polly was literally a lifesaver. Hermione and Polly stay very close together. I loved Polly. But, then we have Leo, Herminone's boyfriend. I hated him from the start. He was a bastard. Herminone thought Leo raped her. That's a very bad sign in a relationship. There are side characters here and there but I personally think those two are important. What really amazed me was Herminone's strong support system. Herminone is a strong character in the first place but she needed help and support and that's what she got. I'm glad that Exit, Pursued by a Bear was my first book about a character getting rape because E.K. Johnston did a fabulous job explaining everything from Herminone's feelings to describing the characters.


Exit, Pursued by a Bear is, sadly, a underrated book. Herminone's story is a powerful tale that people should read.  

Are you going to read Exit, Pursued by a Bear? Have you read anything by E.K. Johnston? Do you enjoy reading about cheerleading? Let's chat!

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  1. I hadn't heard of this book, but I'll definitely consider picking it up now. Thank you for the review <3

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. Oh that's fabulous! I hope you enjoy it!

  2. i've seen this book floating around on blogs/goodreads but had never stopped to see what it was actually about. i'll definitely be looking into picking up a copy of it now that i've read your review. thank you. <3

    also, i'm not sure if you do tags, but i nominated you for one + just wanted to let you know. :)
    xx a

    1. Yay! That's wonderful! I hope you enjoy it.

      (oooh! thank you so much! i'm checking out this tag right now. <3)

  3. I admit, reading a book with a character named Hermione always makes me think immediately of Harry Potter. Also, I tend to fall into believing the cheerleader stereotypes, because in my experience, they are often true to some extent, so it is good to hear this book takes a different direction. I really enjoyed Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson a few years back, and it was also about a girl who was raped, and it was really touching and eye opening, so you might like that one, too!

    ❤ Erin

    1. I hear you, Erin! I, personally, really like the name Hermione. Much agreed and thank you!

  4. This sounds like an amazing book! I definitely want to read it now ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon


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