A brutally honest, uncompromising story about a teen girl who decides to take matters into her own hands.
It’s senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend’s attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own.
Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley’s revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can’t turn back from?
Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date released: March 28th 2017
Thank you Harlequin Aus for sending me a copy to review!
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I had mixed feeling about reading it and after finished reading it, I still have mixed feelings. One of the things I liked about this book was the kick ass females in it. I loved the girl power that radiated from it, girls can do anything they want to do and this book projected that as its theme which I liked. I loved how all the girls stood together and protected each other, that they all cared for each other. I don’t think that there is enough healthy female to female friendships in YA books these days, there is so much girl hating on girls and I loved seeing the opposite in this book.
One of the things I didn’t like was that Hadley, the main character, at the beginning seemed to suggest that it was Magda’s fault that she got raped by saying Madga made a stupid mistake and picked the wrong guy, instead of comforting her like a good friend should. Another thing I didn’t like was that during Hadley’s vengeance plan, she was so violent and her character glorified anger and violence to the point of obsession. At one point she herself even considers raping one of Madga’s attackers for revenge which made me horrified and outraged.
Throughout the book Hadley and Madga’s brother Gabe build a relationship together which I was a bit iffy with but started to like towards the end. Gabe is sweet and kind and very protective of those he loves and does his best to make Hadley see rationally.
Although this book had many many flaws, I enjoyed reading about empowering women standing together and for each other and fighting for what is right. The book discusses important topics and issues such as suicide, rape and assault, that we have in our society today which I think is good because people need to talk about it and make it known so they stop ignoring it.
That being said, I think that the book should have come with a trigger warning, as it details rape and violence quite a lot.
About the Author
Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.