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Punch Like a Girl

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  55 reviews
It’s not the girl in the fight; it’s the fight in the girl.

Nobody understands why Tori has suddenly become so moody and violent. When she attacks a stranger in a store, she ends up doing community service at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. She bonds with a little girl named Casey, but when Casey is abducted while in Tori’s care, Tori is racked with guilt, certa
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2015 by Orca Book Publishers (first published March 31st 2015)
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Ariana Magee
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although Punch Like A Girl by Karen Krossing is a fictional novel, the realistic characters make everything seem true. Tori Wyatt is a 17 year old high schooler who enjoys soccer, spending time with her friends, and apparently getting into fights. Her two best friends, Alena and Jamarlo, cannot figure why Tori is acting strange and punching strangers. Tori thinks no one could understand what happened in her past relationship with her ex boyfriend Matt. Even though Tori says everything is ok her ...more
Amber Loyacano
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a great book for late middle school to high school aged students. The story covers hard topics like rape, abuse, kidnapping, vulnerability, and bullying without being overly graphic or over the top. The main character is likable and easy to relate to even if the reader has never experienced such hardships.

I really enjoyed how each chapter began with a vocabulary word with accompanying definition that connected to the plot. I thought it added a really interesting perspective on the actio
Ailis McCleary
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I signed this book out because of the cover. I know you're not supposed to do that, but it was irresistible!! ( and the actual story sounded nice too.) So I read it. And I loved it! This book really was powerful. ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a high school librarian in New Jersey. I have a student who who is a reluctant reader and was unhappy that she had to pick a book for her sustained silent reading. I recommended Punch Like a Girl, which she renewed twice before starting. A few weeks later her teacher returned it and told me that the student loved the book so much she asked for more by the same author. This is a huge victory. We ordered more of Ms. Krossing's books for our library, and they are popular with the reluctant read ...more
K.A. Wiggins
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
I almost put this book down in the first quarter or so, because it starts out with a teenage girl getting violent as a way to cope with a traumatic experience that she's had (that isn't explained until the end of the book), and while I could understand and empathize with her feelings, it seemed like it was glorifying violence from a sort of feminist equality position.

I'm glad I kept reading, though, because the author did an excellent job of telling the story through the perspective of the teen
Dulcie Self
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her courage rises

I chose a five star rating because I think this book speaks strongly about the courageous journey a teen goes through when faced with a difficult life event. The story is well told and makes me want to share with my middle school students. Reading a story like this could help encourage others to share their stories or seek help. A teachable tool.
Melissa Aguirre
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Perfect for 8th grade and up.
Emily Hays
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-uni, 2018
maybe 1.5/5? 2/5?
TW: sexual assault, trauma

For a book that touches on such an important topic, I'm really disappointed that I didn't like it. I read this for a YA lit class in uni, and I had never heard of it before, which makes me even more disappointed in it.
If you don't know, this novel follows Tori the day after she is sexually assaulted by her ex-boyfriend. To cope with the trauma, Tori vows to become more tough, more hard, so that no one can walk over her or try to take advantage of her a
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was tough, like it’s main character, who I admired a lot.

Tori is a bad ass character who is strong (even though she doesn’t know it) and I love how, throughout the book, she learns that. I especially love her relationship with Casey, which was very heart warming and inspiring.

I relate to Tori so much, since I’ve been in a similar situation (though not as extreme) and it’s SCARY to have to pretend everything is normal, even though you feel angry and ashamed. The way the author of this
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find my voice.
"He tried to rape me." The words flutter free. "Again."
Why did I think that speaking out would hurt me?

Punch Like a Girl is not about attempted date rape; it is a story about the power of finally speaking out.
After Tori is sexually assaulted by her controlling ex-boyfriend, she lashes out at others and herself, physically and emotionally. But through standing up for others, she learns to stand up for herself, not by punching and pushing away, but by letting others in and sharing
Maryam Asif
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was simply amazing. I loved everything about this book, from plot, characters, and themes.

Tori is a fierce character who suffered something traumatic that pushes her to be ‘tougher’ and she believes she will achieve this by first looking like it. So she shaved her head. Honestly, this was a pretty powerful statement and I think the way she treats it is spectacular because it shows she doesn’t give a shit anymore about things that are now superficial. Honestly, her anger was so raw tha
English student
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
i managed to complete my read through of this book so it was not terrible, however it was by no means the best book I've read. This is the story about a high school girl going through some personal struggles. the reason why I did not like this book very much is that it is quite predictable and the ending is too perfect. What i mean by this is that everything came together in an almost Disney-like fashion.

Another thing is I did not like the main character of this book personally. She just isn't
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book I read it a while ago though even so I really enjoyed it because I found the story inspiring and realistic. Despite what anyone says this book is really good and I hope you enjoy reading it. Happy reading! This novel contains dark subject matter pls be advised. (It does not go so deep into it but it covers it)
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really nice story about a girl going through a tough experience. You really sympathize with Tori as she struggles to get over her issues. Also, this book was the perfect length; it wasn't long, and it didn't need to be. ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked Tori. She was a genuine character
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book about dealing with life's struggles as a teenager. Kept my attention. Gave me conversation topic to talk to my teens and their friends. I recommend it. ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, school-readings
I'm considering writing a review for this one, so more thoughts to come. ...more
Yolanda Duke
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-books
The best book to read about how to over come problems
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved it!!!!!!!!!!But it is for 13 years and up because it is a little inappropriate
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. It had a bunch of plot twists at the end.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I loved that Tori is such a fighter and is so strong. It means a lot to me that she got through this awful thing and is working on getting better. I admire a writer who is willing to touch this subject because there are girls out there who need to read about this. That it is okay to talk about it. That it is okay to not be okay. And most importantly, that you will survive, even if it doesn't feel like you will. ...more
Martina T.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Scary sad emotional good and sometimes funny my favourite character was Rachel I liked the discrimination I would recommend to all the girls in my class ✌
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Tori is a badass with some secrets as to why she's as rebellious as she is, why she decided to shave her head and why she's suddenly more violent then she's ever been before.

This story touches on quite a few important topics for teens and young adults such as rape; abduction; abuse, etc. I found this book compelling and hard to put down but at the same time it was super predictable in the plot. I do think that teens will really enjoy this book as I did as an adult.

I would definitely recommend p
Sheila S
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
While reading this book, the reader is able to get in the mid of the main character and see things from Tori's point of view. The reader goes through the struggles that she goes through like being shut out, silenced, and being misunderstood. At the beginning of the book, the reader become a bit confused because we don't really get why Tori is asking a bit different but we later find out her past and how that has affected her. Because Tori was taken advantage of, we finally understand why she has ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lately, Tori has been violent, getting into fights, which led to community service. She helped out at a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and made a special connection with a girl who has faced enough horror in her life, and only recently started talking. When Cassie, the girl who she had acquired a bond with, gets abducted by her abusive father while under her supervision, she is ridden with guilt. When Cassie is found, and she is once again refusing to talk, Tori decides to speak up ab ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tori is full of anger after being assaulted by a former boy friend. She is unable to talk about what has happened to her and instead turns inward, shaving her head and using self-defense skills to fight her way through her inner rage and hurt, causing further alienation from family and friends. While helping at a shelter for abused women and their children, Tori is able to reach one young girl who chooses being mute as her coping mechanism. Tori is present when this child is abducted by her non- ...more
Tori is having a rough go of it. Acting out with violence in a way of that is inexplicable to her friends and family, she creates a large distance between herself and those she loves. She is hiding, and unwilling to talk about the cause. When she begins to volunteer at a shelter for battered women, here eyes and heart begin to open. When one of the children with whom she works is kidnapped by her abusive father, Tori, through her caring for someone else, begins to find a way to climb out if her ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I would personally give this book five stars however as a youth novel I had my daughter read this book and she was not impressed. She read the first couple of chapters and didn't even want to finish the book. She compared to the the books teachers make you read in school that none of the students actually enjoy but read because they are told to. She stated there are parts of the book that are ok, but it did not capture her attention.

She is on the younger side of youth readers and this was a sum
Caitlin Wilkinson
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book from the giveaways.

I actually really enjoyed this book. I had just finished a book about a girl who was raped and it was graphic and over the top and I did not enjoy it at all, so I was a little hesitant to pick up this one. But I was pleasantly surprised. It dealt with a lot of serious, heavy topics, but in a way that made me sympathize with the character but didn't make me regret picking up the book.

The main character teaches a great lesson to girls who have gone through somet
May 22, 2017 marked it as abandoned-ship
I picked this up on a whim because I loved the cover and the premise, but I only got two chapters in and I decided it wasn't going to be worth my time. XD It's about a really angry girl who probably has an interesting backstory, but she just randomly starts punching people with no explanation, and her parents are totally diplomatic, and her friends are just standing by awkwardly... I feel like I walked in on this story in the middle, but it wasn't, it was the first chapter. I also read some revi ...more
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Karen Krossing is addicted to stories. She began to create stories when she was eight, and she continued this habit by writing poetry in high school. By then she was hooked on books, so she studied English at university then became a book editor and a copywriter. Today, Karen writes for children and teens. She also encourages new writers through workshops for kids, teens and adults. Her debut pict ...more

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