Author: Alice Sebold

Keywords: trauma, rape, survivor, recovery, memoir

This book is a memoir that describes the author’s experience of being raped as an eighteen-year-old college freshman at Syracuse University. In is titled Lucky because a policemen told her that she was lucky to be alive; shortly before her attack, another young woman had been killed and dismembered in the place. Sebold describes the devastating effects that this rape had on her life, but also how she was able to overcome much of this adversity and ultimately make sure her attacker was arrested and convicted.

Audience: teen, young adult, adult

Warnings: Story contains a description of the author’s brutal rape and beating