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Run, Hide, Fight Back

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,512 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Six teens must band together to survive after a shooting breaks out.

When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Note: I received an ARC of this book in winter 2018, and the release date was pushed back over a year. I'm not sure if some heavy editing went into the book in that time, but this is my review of the original version.


Here is a list I casually compiled of every social issue “discussed” in this book.

- opiate addiction
- immigration
- terrorism
- cancer
- DREAMers
- vaccines
- Islamophobia
- big pharma
- conspiracy theories
- gangs
- alternative medicine
- shoplifting
- hijab
- corruption in government
- cor
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
This was really good, but also really sad, as so many of us can relate to the fear of a mass shooting. Personally, I'm required by my company to take an annual "armed shooter preparedness" training, that covers the Run, Hide, Fight Back steps, and the fact that I (and everyone else) even has to worry about it is horrific.

Anyway, this book covers a mass shooting that takes place in a mall, over the period of several hours. The chapters are short, and the plot was gripping, so I read this one ver
Helen Power
This is an incredibly fast-paced young adult thriller. It came so close to knocking it out of the ballpark for me. My problem with this book is that it tries to touch on too many social issues. A few of these references were well placed - for instance, anti-muslim racism in America or the ease of a teenager becoming addicted to prescription drugs - but the author tried to hit so many of them, that it felt superficial and rushed. She also started rambling about conspiracy theories at one point - ...more
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Many thanks to Tantor for sending me an audio file & CD in exchange for an honest review

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 ivy francis
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Full review:

Since this book doesn't come out for a while, I hope it will go through some more revisions to tighten up the many parts of the book that felt messy. On the other hand, it was a really interesting book, and the plot was solid. Shootings are one of the biggest topics in America right now, and to explore how one would affect six teenagers is cool. I like most of the characters, but the MC, Miranda, has a confusing and convoluted history. I didn'
Ashley Lynne
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
I don’t understand all the “meh” reviews I’m seeing for this. This was really good! Maybe it’s because I don’t read a lot of stuff in the thriller genre so I have nothing to compare this to, but I thought it was really interesting. Reading it reminds me that I still wanna read “Violent Ends”

I thought the descriptive bits of writing were really well done because I was able to picture it all in my head pretty vividly. And the fact there was some level of a redemption arc for a bad guy is something
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Five teens are trapped in a Portland mall when a domestic terrorist group starts shooting and killing people. With no other options, the teens close themselves off in a store with a security gate. Hostages are taken and the teens soon find themselves cut off from the outside world where the only viable alternative is to run, hide or fight back. Will all of the teens make it out alive?

There are just so many things I want to say about this story and I know a lot of readers are going to take issue
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received from Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review.

What I loved: Miranda...So typically female characters written as the damsels in distress. This girl...she found her strength and pushed herself through the whole thing. I loved that.
What I liked: I liked that all the characters were a little imperfect, a little broken. Everyone had something they didn't want others to know.
What I hated: Can't say I really hated anything.

Overall: Well written, well researched...while I hate that the su
Chrissie Morrison
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When a mass shooting breaks out at a Portland mall, the people inside have three choices -- run, hide, or fight back...  And, since there are several shooters armed with semi-automatic weapons, the wrong choice will likely lead to death. When Amina decided to shut herself into the store where she worked, hoping that the metal security gate would provide enough protection, she didn't close herself in alone. There were six teens inside, and they would all have to work together to try and get out a ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this for work (I know, my life is hard). It’s a little trite and features basically every single issue of the day (oxy addiction, far-right anti-government views, immigration, etc etc.), and it’s dark because of the mass shooting aspect. But it was a very well-written book and super compelling. I read it in less than two days at my desk at work.
Trigger warnings: mass shooting, gun violence, blood, death of a parent, drug addiction, racism, Islamophobia, murder, vomit, graphic descriptions of wounds, terrorism, cancer.

Eeeeeeh. I usually really enjoy April Henry's books, and I was definitely intrigued by the concept of this - a group of teenagers trapped in a shopping mall during a terrorist attack. But unfortunately, I found several of the protagonists quite unlikeable and I can't say I enjoyed the domestic terrorism "immigrants are st
Jun 29, 2021 rated it really liked it

If you slice society into groups at random, you get various races and ethnicity, and various social problems. Henry sliced her social group into a pie and presented the represented social identifiers as addiction and all of the problems it brings with theft and lying, religion, illness, immigration, and fear, elitist and on and on. However, these were not the focus of the book and so were handled lightly as they were secondary to the story, mass kidnapping, and shooting.

Oct 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars.

I've hated all six of Henry's books that I've read (even though they are pretty terrible, I can't get myself to stop picking them up), so I'm not surprised that I disliked this, but OOF was it bad.

The writing is bad as usual (no surprise there), the representation for people of color was pretty mediocre (yeah, also not a surprise considering her skin color), and it was so pandery when talking about religion, gun violence, addiction, etc., that it became incredibly annoying to read, no
Ghofrane Gourrami
Apr 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
April Henry's books are always a banger, so I didn't expect to be let down. It talks about so many 'social issues' that happen today; terrorists, shoplifting, mass shooting ect. Its so sad but it really makes you think from the killers perspective too. April Henry did an amazing job and I recommend reading her books! <3 ...more
Angelique Simonsen
Oct 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Quick easy and gripping read
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
"run if they could. To hide if they couldn't. To fight back if they must."

Ugh. Every parent's and kid's nightmare. Caught in a mall with shooters. Prepared shooters who have cut off every exit and are mowing people down with scary, large, multi-shot guns.

I liked that this one delved into a lot of different things. Racial tensions, religious tensions and conspiracy theories. It was interesting but I'm glad it's a book. What a horrible horrible situation - one completely made of nightmares.
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-books
It was good I have read before but I stopped because I didn't really enjoy it! Then I read it over again it was soooooo good!!! ...more
I liked the premise of this, teens trapped in a mall during a mass shooting and hostage situation, but it tried to have too many things going on to really develop into a great story. When you see that the plot is about a shooting, you may assume that the main topics will be about gun control and the problem of mass shootings in America. Instead, this touches on a half dozen other societal issues and doesn't even mention (to my recollection) gun laws.

The author briefly talks about: opioid addict
Anna {Follow me for reviews! (✿◡_◡)}
It was okay.

First off, some of the teens are portrayed as "not very smart" as they make poor decisions in life. I get that happens with all of us, but it's annoying how April Henry had to mention the fact that Miranda just so happens to be a drug abuser (she's a teen which makes it more annoying), and Parker felt too "pressured" into being like everyone else at school that he makes a deal with Miranda so he can figure out what (view spoiler) It's not detaile
L.E. Fidler
Okay, so, like, Air Force One but in a mall.

Starring the teens from Saved By The Bell.

But edgier.

Sort of.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-own, 2019
*I got an ARC from Macmillan/Henry Holt in exchange for an honest review*

Not gonna lie, I'm going between 2 stars and 3 stars because it was good, kind of. Like, I liked it for the most part (I think), I just did not care for quite a few parts of it. If you want to read more specifically what I mean, you can read the rest of my review but it is entirely spoilers sooooo be warned:

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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I read Run, Hide, Fight Back in one day.  It's a short book and a very quick read.  The book is told in the normal way, but there are also texts, reports, and social media posts.  Definitely check out the mall map and make sure you read the author's note on all the research that went into this book.

It seems like a normal day at the mall for a group of teens.  They aren't friends.  Some worked at the mall, others were there shopping (or shoplifting).   The focus is on these teens, but there is al
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, own-print
Run, Hide, Fight Back was a thrilling and fast-paced read about six teens from vastly different backgrounds who band together in order to survive.

When a shooting breaks out at a crowded Portland mall, six teens take refuge in a store with the security shutter providing their only protection from the shooters. After seventeen-year-old Miranda Nash finds herself the group’s de facto leader, she hopes the secret she’s hiding won’t affect their chances of survival. With time running out, the group h
Many thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This was one of the best April Henry books I've read. She is always a HUGE draw in my library and many, many of my middle school students blaze through her books. I already know that I will need to order multiple copies of this one to fill the demand. And, this is one that I am happy to do so for because it is WORTH it to have that many on your shelves.

Run, Hide, Fight Back
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book free of charge and am reviewing it voluntarily.

I liked the idea of a group of teenagers fighting back against immediate danger, but this book contained very few surprises, and was fairly predictable. I read through to the end because I wanted to see who survived, but again, it was very anticlimactic. Maybe I'm just reading too many YA thrillers and becoming jaded, but I just wasn't terribly impressed. I'm giving three stars because I did read the entire book and there was so
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dhs-library, ya-lit
I am a big fan of April Henry, so it pains me so much to say that this one just fell a little flat to me. I am never a fan of a work of fiction that tries too hard to prove political standpoints, and this one certainly did. A few underlying political stances would have been fine, but trying to cram them all into one short work of fiction just left it feeling very forced. I love April Henry and will definitely keep reading her work, but for me this one was just OK.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
All I can really say is...


Full review to come.
Laura Gardner
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Six teens are trapped in a mall during a mass shooting/hostage situation and must work together to try and survive the ordeal. Miranda is shoplifting to support her Oxy habit when the shooting starts and she manages to run into a clothing store to hide from the shooters. Once there, she meets Amina, a Somali American teen who wears hijabi; Grace, a young white girl with cancer whose mother is one of the first casualties; Javier, an undocumented Mexican boy who has a gunshot wound to his leg; and ...more
Kathy Martin
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Six random teens are caught near the Fairgate Mall's Food Court when the shooting starts. They need to work together when domestic terrorists begin killing people.

Miranda Nash was in the Mall shoplifting to support her Oxy habit. Javier Ramirez was working cleaning the tables. He's an undocumented alien. Amina Abdi was working at Culpepper's. She's Muslim, American by birth, and wears a hijab. Grace Busby is there with her mother who is among the first to be shot. Grace and her mother were flee
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
i received this arc for free at bookconm 2019, only now im finally getting around to reading it, i havent been reading my arcs tbh, but wanted a short fast book to read at the end of the year, and im glad i picked this one up.. ive ever only rea di think anoother shooting type of book but that one took place after the shooting and how the characters cope with i.. but this book actually take splace during the shooting at the mall.. i love that we get a map of the mall and have 6 young adult victi ...more
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