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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  137 reviews
An Amazon Best Book of the Month! 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 softbal
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This book was heavy, but SO good. Wow.

TW: extremely realistic & descriptive drug use (anyone recovering from addiction should proceed with caution)
Jan 19, 2018 is currently reading it
I'm so ready for this I'm not ready for this
Trina (Between Chapters)
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 feelings and form a deep respect for this book. It portrays addiction and withdrawal brutally, but without reducing the character to a stereotype. I believe the intent is to humanize people with substance use disorders to people unfamiliar with addiction.

Aside from how it handles the topic, I also really
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
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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
Never let it be said that McGinnis takes the easy way out in her books. Each one, at least those that I've read, handles something different and, usually, very dark. HEROINE tackles the opioid crisis through the lens of an injured sports star who is desperate to return to her previous incarnation as strong, capable, and on the fast track.

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,
Madison (life uh finds a way)
Wow wow wow. If you're in a good and healthy mental state please read this book. It's so eye opening and heart breaking.
Vicky Who Reads
Feb 18, 2019 added it
Shelves: drcs
okay wow that was very scary and very intense

not sure what to rate it yet and it's one of mcginnis' darker books so just be prepared if you intend to read!!!
"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
Jaye Berry
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so sad and soul-crushing that I'm suing Mindy McGinnis for emotional damages. This book comes with a trigger warning for extremely realistic drug use. And it doesn't take that trigger warning lightly. This book is dark and messed up, so avoid if you aren't in a good headspace.

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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Mickey fractures her hip just a few months before senior year softball season. After one prescription of OxyContin, she’s hooked. Good thing she has it under control. She’s not an addict like Josie, the girl who gives her pills. She can stop any time she wants. Mickey just needs to be ready for spring training. She’d never crush and snort the pills. Until she does. She’d never mix them with water and shoot them into her veins. Until she does. She’d never switch to heroin. She can stop any time s ...more
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!*
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
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.
When Mickey and her best friend Carolina -- two star players on their high school softball team -- are in a car accident, both receive injuries that could compromise their upcoming season. Carolina suffers an arm injury, while Mickey sustains an injury to her hip so traumatic it needs to be pinned back together. The recovery prognosis isn’t especially great for Mickey in terms of being ready for the upcoming -- her final -- season. But she’s bound and determined to get better.

To handle the pain,
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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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
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

When I wake up, all my friends are dead.

Well. That's how you start a book. I mean, talk about grabbing me from the start! Not that it even needed to, because I'd read Mindy McGinnis's shopping list, so. Okay look, I think it's pretty clear by the subject matter, synopsis, and first line that this book is going to be dark as hell. But also, most of Mindy's stuff is, so again, no surpr
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
4 1/2 stars RTC

Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.

Merged review:

First, this needs a big warning.  This book is about drug addiction.  It starts with oxy and then moves on to heroin.  It gets extremely detailed, including how it is administered.  If you have addiction issues, you might not be able to read this.

I love how Mindy McGinnis deals with the tough topics.  This book is a bit gritty, but in a good way.  I've never done these drugs, so I can't say how accurate ev
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.
Aug 26, 2018 added it
Wow wow wow.... let me think about the review cause right now im so shocked
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper

Heroine was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and I was super excited to read it because Mindy McGinnis is one of my favorite authors and I’ve loved everything I read by her, so I went with very high expectations into this one, and I have to say I ended up absolutely loving it.

I think Mindy McGinnis has such a way with words and with writing this type of stories, because her writing fit so well with the tone of the sto
Stephanie Gillespie
I was provided an ARC by Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Trigger Warnings:  The book starts with this warning: "This book contains realistic depictions of opioid use. Recovered and recovering addicts should proceed with caution.".  This book gets extremely detailed, and is pretty graphic.

Heroine follows the story of  Mickey Catalan, a high school senior and well-known catcher for her school's softball team. Mickey and her best friend Carolina, are is a tragic car accident. Mickey's in
Jessi ♡
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
well damn
Luke Reynolds
Jun 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Before Reading:

This book is gonna mess me up. I’m living for it. I need it.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER I received an Advance Reader Copy from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All thoughs are my own.

I am a map of pain, needle pricks you could connect all over my skin to make constellations name things like Agony and Writhing Woman, all of them converging to form a supernova at my hip, one that pulses and breathes, on the verge of imploding into a black hole.


That is how I felt reading this book. But after finishing it and doing some research
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.
Stacy Fetters
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't perfect, contrary to my 5 star rating, but it is important look at the new route into addiction. I hope the POS Sackler family is inundated with copies of this book and legally held to account for the disaster they have unleashed on America. But that is separate from Mickey Catalan's addiction story.
Mickey is in a car accident with her best friend, she suffers a hip fracture and her friend gets a broken arm. Both are elite athletes at their high school, entering their final year
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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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