I completely disagree with this. I don't think Sebold illustrated the beauty of sex at all with this, but rather, she used a known gimmick to make her book sell. She could have written it so much more powerful, even including the sex scene, if she was so adamant to, but she didn't. Of course, I sympathise with her situation, but millions of girls are raped, or have another story to tell. If they can't write, they usually don't, though. She wrote using a mixture of crude and boring that makes me wonder if she didn't just copy passages from a random pile of books, and put them into her story. Having recently read Lucky, her memoir about this rape she suffered, I am even surer of my opninion that this book was just terrible.