Popsugar Reading Challenge category: A celebrity book club pick
Nightcrawling, by Leila Mottley
I wanted to read this for the same reason the author wanted to write it: while it's fiction, it's based on a recent scandal here in the Bay Area. In 2015, an Oakland police officer's suicide note led to officers from several departments being fired and/or criminally charged for sexually exploiting a teenage girl. In the end, they were not indicted, though the girl was eventually awarded nearly a million-dollar settlement.
The novel imagines the story from her point of view: the desperate circumstances that drove her to the streets, the casual cruelty from the cops, the contempt from people around her - even her own family.
Oprah books tend to rip your heart out, then leave a glimmer of hope at the end. This one is a real gut punch, not just the violence but the raw emotion, condensed so that every page burns with intensity.