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4.43  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Three screws in her hip.
Two months until spring training.
One answer to all her problems.

Mickey Catalan is no stranger to the opioid epidemic in her small town. There are obituaries of classmates who “died suddenly” and stories of overdoses in gas station bathrooms—but none of that is her. No, Mickey is a star softball catcher—one part of a dynamic duo with her best friend
Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jan 19, 2018 marked it as desperate-to-read
I'm so ready for this I'm not ready for this
Elise (TheBookishActress)
hey Mindy thanks for saving my life
Jun 24, 2018 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs

Also, no idea how she does it but I love the subjects she tackles in her books from a cli-fi about water scarcity to a historical YA about lobotomies to rape culture and now drug addiction. In other words, I stan one (1) Mindy McGinnis
"Sometimes it's hard to decide what's the worst thing I ever did."
This was a hard book to read. Mickey feels like any sports-obsessed high school girl, like she could be real and out there. And to a degree, she is. Addiction is an epidemic in America, and it's destroying people's lives every day. Books like Heroine give a face to a disease that is easy to dehumanize. You don't think it could ever be someone you know, or a relative, or even yourself. Mickey thought the same. Seeing her rational
Ellen Gail
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Right now it's 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up.

I have a LOT of thoughts on this one, only one of which I will say currently: Mickey's mother is one of my all time favorite fictional moms. I LOVE HER.

Full review with loads of thoughts coming in 2019!

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for the drc!*
DNF at 150/286.

I don't typically rate my DNFs, but dear god was this terrible.

Every other page, the main character brings up the fact that she's adopted when it has NOTHING !! to do with the story, the writing is incredibly clunky and needs to be edited down more, the dialogue is terrible, and I started to skim read because nothing at all interesting was happening.
Emily May
Dec 29, 2018 marked it as arc-2019

ARC provided in exchange for honest review
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

Heroine is a Young Adult contemporary novel that I would classify as realistic fiction.

The narrator is Mickey Catalan (1st person POV). She is a high school senior and a star softball player (she is the team's catcher).

This book was so good. I read it in one day. It is not a particularly happy read. This book deals with a very serious and important subject. But it is a book that everyone should read.

The book starts with a prologue set a few months before chapter one. The prologue was
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When I wake up, all my friends are dead.
Mindy McGinnis is an auto-buy author for me, and this book is a prime example of why. She knows how to grip me from page one and keep me hooked 'til the very last page.

Heroine blew me away. The book opens up with a glimpse into the future of the story, but chapter one starts out with a terrible car accident. Mickey and her best friend (and softball teammate) are severely injured—Mickey, our MC, gets the
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the cover to the writing I really liked this book. Mickey Catalan and her best friend are in a car accident where they're both seriously injured. Mickey doesn't except her bleak prognosis and is determined to be back on her feet for softball conditioning. She just needed help from her new friend Oxy.
Mindy McGinnis shows that good people can do bad things. After abusing all of her own medication new friends enter her life and some of her priorities change. I didn't want the book to end! Ther
Jessi ♡
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
well damn
Luke Reynolds
Before Reading:

This book is gonna mess me up. I’m living for it. I need it.
hannah ✧/ᐠ-ꞈ-ᐟ\ (on hiatus)
This book shook me to my core. I devoured it in ONE DAY, in ONE SITTING.

Mindy McGinnis is the Absolute Queen of contemporaries and can I just point out how hauntingly beautiful that cover is? I started Heroine right after A Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy , so reading it was akin to metaphorically swallowing down a mouthful of hot, raw, burning whiskey after treating yourself to sparkly-sweet unicorn fluff.

all I can say is this: holy fuck.
Stacy Fetters
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Everyone else is in control of my life now; I'm only riding the waves of their actions, a piece of trash in the ocean of their movements."

Having an addiction to drugs is one hell of a disease. No one understands why you do it except yourself. People will always tell you that you can stop at any time but it's just words to them. They just don't understand the grasp these drugs have on your mind, your life, and your world. Heroine gives us a glimpse of what happens when the monster reaches out an
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This realistic and raw portrayal of a teen athlete who starts off innocently taking Oxy after an injury is unfortunately an all too common path to addiction. The slow, natural build eventually snowballs exponentially into the depths of despair, and hopefully, redemption and renewal. Highly recommended for all teens and their parents, and as a fantastic book club or classroom discussion pick.
Aug 26, 2018 added it
Wow wow wow.... let me think about the review cause right now im so shocked
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-priority
Whoops I read a 2019 book... what can I say, I've been a fan of McGinnis's books since her debut. I was a little apprehensive going into this book after really hating her previous book & enjoying but not LOVING Female of the Species. If you like FEMALE then I think you'll like this book. Very similar tone, similar MC, similar writing.

Over all I really liked this book. I've never read anything like it before. It was difficult to read, and I think that the TW at the beginning is important. I
Stephanie Grandstaff
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down. Raw. My emotions were elevated throughout the whole book. Mindy McGinnis did an amazing job at putting the reader in the shoes of the main character.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I appreciate this story being written but I couldn't for the life of me care about the main character.
The cover and play on the word is as phenomenal as the creation of the story in which a girl goes from a severe car accident to heroin addict via Oxycontin. It's a family story about a separated family and how the feelings that the painkillers gave her to work through her pain during physical therapy after her accident was something that she needed to come back to her sport with full force.

It's the drug-seeking that leads to a dangerous spiral that shows an all-to-real American experience now t
Christina Perkins
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We got an ARC of this novel and I finished it in an hour. What a stunning portrayal of how easy the slope from accident and prescription can lead you to being addicted and experiencing withdrawal. Amazingly real and poignant.
Theresa Grissom
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I have not read a Mindy McGinnis book that I didn't love. This is no exception. I would recommend Heroine to anyone middle school and up. Such a relevant book.
Jul 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
welp, this sounds amazing! count me in.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most gripping YA books I’ve ever read. The realistic take of a young person struggling with addiction was crafted so purposefully, with each element of addiction carefully layered throughout the text. Those who don’t understand addiction should read this novel, as the most important message to our young readers is repeatedly emphasized: it can happen to anybody. McGinnis beautifully and tragically captures how addiction can come crashing through a life and the life of one’s f ...more
Believe the hype: this book is just that good. Everyone in the US needs to read it.

Mickey is a well-rounded, normal teenage girl. Her journey is believable and helps the reader to see what life is like as an addict.
Shannon Fay
This is probably going to be a very intense read for me, and I try to go into books with little to no expectations, but for this book, my expectations are very high. I'm REALLY hoping that this book doesn't disappoint. See, I've read "issue" books for a long time, and there's always been a certain draw there, reading about characters that could be real people, experiencing their pain and suffering, and watching them on their various journeys to healing, whatever that looked like to them.

I remem
Teenage Reads
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers and Adults
Shelves: 2019, school, advance-copy
*Trigger Warnings: Addiction*
It was only on the softball field when Mickey Catalan felt human. A brunt of a girl with awkward social skills, the only reason why her team tolerated her was because she was good. Mickey was the best catcher the team ever had. This year her Ohio high school team was planning on winning states and they needed their best duo of Mickey and Carolina to strike out all the batters. That was the plan, until driving home with Carolina, Mickey got into a car accident,
First off, thank you to Edelweiss and the Publisher for the ARC of Heroine by Mindy McGinnis.

This book is a hard one to read. You struggle rightly along with the main character, feel her pain, and see her thoughts. We follow the story of Mickey, a High School Senior who is a star on the Softball team. When Mickey and her best friend are in a car accident, all hope of playing their final season seems to go out the window. Mickey is determined to rise above the odds and heal her severely messed-up
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again Mindy McGinnis "hits it out of the park," to use a cliche close to the subject of this book about a softball star whose car accident leads her down the slippery slope to opioid addiction. Honest, real, and emotionally raw, the story of Mickey Catalan's struggle--to overcome her injury in time for softball season, leading her to abuse OxyContin painkillers and become so in need that she will try heroin--is a story that has become all too common in our country lately. McGinnis writes Mi ...more
Jessica Lyn
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Mindy McGinnis does it again!

I can’t find the right words to properly review this, but I’ll try.

The one thing I will say is that I didn’t care for the main character at all. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t invest in her. I was more invested in the supporting characters.

Despite that I liked that the story wasn’t about a girl who came from a broken home and that’s how she got into drugs. No, it showed that almost ANYONE can get into drug addiction. Most times we associate drug users as pe
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Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET won the
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