From School Library Journal
Whether a catcall, an unwelcome touch, or more, sexual aggression towards females happens daily; McGinnis explores how one teen uses violence for justice in this gripping story that should be read and discussed by teens, as well as those who work with them. --Booklist (starred review)"
McGinnis gracefully avoids the pitfalls of creating a teenage vigilante, instead maintaining a sense of piercing realism. Alex is a pained girl in dangerous free fall, whose fierce independence is challenged by newfound friendships, even love, though neither may be enough to stave off the inevitable. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
All three teens are haunted by the memory of Anna s murder, and Alex s inclination to both considering and exacting revenge with cruel efficiency leads them all inexorably to an explosive, terrible finale. An unflinching look at rape culture and its repercussions. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
[A]n astoundingly dark but beautifully written tragedy, brimming with sexual assault, violent murders, and accounts of animal abuse...but also tempered with glimpses of genuine human emotion and extremely touching displays of kindness that cross social barriers and species. Highly recommended for collections serving teenagers. --School Library Journal (starred review)"
[I]t s raw. Not raw for YA. Real-deal raw. And violent. And unforgettable. McGinnis explores both and she goes there in a way no one really has before in YA. This is Kill Bill in high school, but with more nuance, bolder choices and a true female perspective. --The Globe and Mail"
Your heart may still be pounding after you ve finished this book. It is uncannily well timed to our current political situation...McGinnis, who dedicates her book to the victims, examines this dichotomy of hope and violence, love and hate, with dexterity and grace. --The New York Times Book Review"
The ending of this dark novel leaves much to be unpacked, and it would certainly spark heated discussion in a book club or classroom. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
A Must-Read YA Book of Fall 2016--Brightly.com
"Each word has been specifically chosen, each character superbly and humanly sculpted, the plot line masterfully completed. To say more would be to dilute the experience. McGinnis plays with the readers and they are at her mercy."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)