Author: Yasmin Shiraz
Genre: YA – real life
An easier and more peaceful life seemed to be destined for Ahmed and Tashera when they left Washington, DC and entered Georgia Atlantic University. But when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn’t commit and begins to be tried in the media, his popularity plummets, his self-esteem suffers, and his dreams of playing college basketball disappear.
Meanwhile, there is a serial rapist on campus who has been attacking freshman girls at record numbers and forcing them to keep silent. As Tashera learns about the girls, she begins to close in on the rapist. But is the attacker too crafty to be caught? Will the state prosecutor ignore key evidence to instead focus on the fame that comes with convicting a high profile basketball star?
Tashera is beyond stressed as she divides her time between trying to find enough evidence to clear Ahmed while at the same time stopping the rapist who roams the campus of Georgia Atlantic. Ahmed and Tashera’s journey into a new life away from home is more challenging than they ever thought that it would be.
An Amazon Top 500 Book Reviewer had this to say about Accused:
“I recommend it for teen readers… Shiraz has a knack for writing in the voice of teen characters without having to resort to obscenities. It’s an important and worthwhile YA novel.”
In Accused, author Yasmin Shiraz introduces us to a cast of interesting characters. We meet main characters Ahmed and Tashera. Tashera volunteers for a local sexual abuse support group named “STOP”. Another charcter is Brandon, a serial rapist who targets one girl after the other, and seems unable to stop.
This is the second book featuring these characters, but even though I haven’t read the first book, I could follow along well enough. The story is intriguing, especially after Tashera’s boyfriend, Ahmed, gets accused of the rapes going on at campus.
The book talks about an interesting topic, and one that should get more attention more often. I enjoyed reading about the characters and how they dealt with such difficult issues. Tashera is an enjoyable main character, and she’s quite brave.
A solid YA read about a topic that deserves more attention.