A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisis—the deadliest drug epidemic in American history—through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.
When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way...more
I am not a wasted person. I am not prowling the streets. I am not an addict. I am a girl spinning her locker combination. I am a girl who got a B on her math test. I am a girl who has two holes on the inside of her arm, but they do not tell the whole story of me.
This book left me feeling hollow. By this I mean that it hit me so hard in so many different ways that I now feel emptied out. Saying it is "sad" is not enough. "Horrifying" is closer to the truth, but that seems too sensational.
This was uncomfortable to read and I hated what was happening at times, but I have been discussing this book with people I know who with addiction recovery, which has really helped me process my feeling ...more
This book is pain. You know what you're in for right from the start, the prologue makes sure of that. It all starts with pain medication after an accident. From there on, you will watch the main character bury herself in a grave of pills, needles, lies and betrayal, so deep she might never get out. 95% of the book is a downward spiral. And the things is, you just don't know if she can dig herself out again. If you have read a McGinnis novel before, you k ...more
Mindy McGinnis is one of the most amazing writers and storyteller, grabs your heart, steals a huge Parton it by creating her realistic, flawed, natural characters. As soon as you take back your heart, you feel like so many things, especially your perceptions about life, family, friends already change with it.
The first few pages of the book like a ticking bomb about to explode! So you start to turn pages quickly to reach the spot at the beginning.
At this b ...more
Heroine contains a release of tension, yes, but it does not occur until the very end, until lead character Mickey has spiraled so far into an opiate addiction it's almost impossible to find a way out. This is n ...more
(ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review)
I honestly don't know if I have the words right now. This was... heartbreaking, raw, sad and yet hopeful ?
Heroine tells the story of Mickey, a softball player, who gets into a car accident. An “innocent” prescription of Oxycontin makes Mickey want to “chase the dragon” meaning she wants to feel again the ...more
Mindy McGinnis is one of the most versatile and consistently amazing writers I know of.
All of her books are stunning and range from a little dark to SUPER DARK, all while being some of the best teen literature I’ve ever read.
Somehow, she effortlessly gets to the root of something with a narrative style that fits the story, and her latest novel, Heroine, was no exception to this streak of consistently great books.
Honestly? Heroine is the darkest, scariest book Mindy’s written that I’ve ...more
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Content warnings: addiction; opioid addiction; extensive drug use (opioid pills, heroin), described in detail; overdose; withdrawal; death; car accident; needles; vomiting
**Please use caution going into this review and/or this book if you are a recovered or recovering addict. This book contains content that could be e ...more
Mickey was such a complex character and such a good protagonist to bring the story to life. The author’s acknowledgements also show she put her time into researching this topic.
This is a heavy book,make no mistake. There are no punches pulled in the first chapter but it’s a book definitely worth reading. The brutal honesty opens yours eyes to the reality for a lot of people.
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
I admit to myself that I am a heroin user, while also updating in my mind what that actually means. I am not a wasted person. I am not prowling the streets. I am not an addict. I am a girl spinning her locker combination. I am a girl who got a B on her math test. I am a girl who has two holes on the inside of her arm, but they do not tell the whole story of me.
Holy crap, this book is ROUGH. This book opens up with a trigger warning and it is real. This book is graphic, inte ...more
It's dark and I'm driving exactly the speed limit, because I am a good girl. I am a student athlete and the catcher for an undefeated softball team and a senior who needs to get a good night's sleep before her last league game.....
I am not an addict.
I have a LOT of thoughts on this one, but I need to say this one first, and say it very loudly: Mickey's mother is one of my all time favorite fictional moms. I LOVE HER.
Don't worry I'll say it again, I'm sure.
I could absolutely appreciate (whilst also being mostly terrified) of this downward spiral and the desperation that Mickey was driven to just to dull the pain, ...more
"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 ...more
When star athlete Mickey gets sidelined after a car accident before softball season, she refuses to give up and let her spot as catcher go to someone else. Behind the plate is the only place she's felt like she's b ...more
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.
That was such a tough one to read. This deals with intense subject matter and contains several trigger warnings. If you have a hard time dealing with drug abuse, I highly recommend avoiding this one.
Definitely one of those books that will have you thinking about it long after you've finished reading it.
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 ...more
Here’s the thing: this book is unlike any of her other works…yet…it’s not. She is so diverse in her books and writes completely different stories every time and yet I’m surprised when I come to a new one only to find I feel like it’s a completely different author. I don’t even know if what I’m trying to explain makes sense, but she just blows my mind.
She has the incredible tal ...more
Heroine was an underwhelming book. With the premise of an athlete spiraling into the world of drug abuse, it should've invoked strong feelings of how someone can be fine one day but everything goes south when they start taking drugs. Except, it wasn't.
Being that Heroine tackles drug abuse and how it affects the individual taking the drug and the people around them, I was expecting more from it. And what I got, as a result, was a story that feels... adequate. It's a shame because I want ...more
To handle the pain, ...more
Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy.
While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.