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Red Hood

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  105 reviews
You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.

And the wolf is angry.

Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds
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Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
There’s a great many things hard to fathom immediately after you finish a book that set themselves straight only later, in solitude, in memory. Like removing a pair of smudged-up glasses that fuzzed everything you saw. Red Hood troubled me for days, simmered in the cauldron of my mind. Many things about this novel did not sit well with me, and hung like gun smoke in the air.

I couldn’t put myself into the picture of it. And here, I think, is the reason why.

But first, what is this book about?

Emily May
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
You are the hunter, and this wolf, though he thinks he is the predator, is your prey.

Elana K. Arnold is one of my favourite writers of the twisted and disturbing. I eagerly seek out her new books and always find myself feeling a little shaken at the end. However, I've said before of Damsel that it should have been marketed as an adult book, and I think that is even more true of this one. Arnold's novels get these gorgeous YA fantasy covers, but I think it leads them into the wrong hands.

In Red
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
I loved GIRL IN RED and now another captivating retelling is out there! I want this wolf! I want this hood! I want every retelling of Grimm Brothers' bloody stories!
I originally rated this novel 4 stars, but the more I think about it, the more I am bothered by and uncomfortable with the ending. So I am leaving the rating off. Maybe one day I will settle on something...

Hoo boy, this review is a hard one for me to tackle. I am a huge Elana K. Arnold fan, but I am not sure I can get fully behind Red Hood, like I gladly did with Damsel. Some more people need to read this ARC and tell me if I'm wrong.

Red Hood is a sort of, kind of a retelling
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elana Arnold continues to flex on the entire book world by writing unflinching, raw, powerful novels about women taking back their power.
Candace Robinson
Oh man... So I really liked the writing in Damsel which is why I requested this one to read. But I just couldn’t finish this one because I didn’t know it was written in second person POV!! I just can’t do the second person! ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I desperately want Elana K. Arnold to focus the rest of her writing on endless feminist fairytale retellings ...more
♠ TABI ♠
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, hypewagon
"There isn't always a wolf," Mémé reminds you, "but there is always the threat of one."


RTC after a re-read closer to release date but I came into this prepared to be salty and infuriated like I was with Damsel . . . but instead was utterly blown away by the sheer power of this book.

I received a digital ARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC copy.
The Nerd Daily
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

This story can be described as bloody and brilliant. My favourite thing about Elana K. Arnold’s books is that they’re so unapologetically meant for the empowerment of young women. I relished diving into the world of Red Hood after reading Damsel, because I couldn’t wait to see what world Arnold would craft for us. She manages to turn the narrative of the Little Red Riding Hood and imbues it with the strength of a woman instead
I requested this book for one reason only : because of DAMSEL. It's a book a lot of people hate, or dislike, or just feel uncomfortable about. And I don't begrudge anyone their feelings. But somehow it just worked for me. So when I saw yet another feminist sorta-retelling by the same author? I wanted it.


I don't know, it was a push to get through this, I wasn't feeling motivated to read it, despite all the good in the story and what it was saying.

I think people who disliked DAMSEL will enjoy
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Thank you Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

CW: sexual assault, intimate partner violence, death, murder, unwanted sexual pictures, being forced into a relationship, sex scenes (consensual and nonconsensual, but not too graphic), and menstruation

This review is really going to suck because I could easily ramble on about how amazing this was. Because this book is amazing. It is multigenerational looking at the same issues that women have dealt with
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020

I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Dear Lord this review is a hard one to write. Not because the book was bad, but because it was SO DAMN GOOD!

I knew after reading "Damsel" that Elana would do the same with Red Hood too: deconstruct the fairytale and give to the readers the spirit of the story set in the real world: that everywhere there are predators and sometimes women have to fight back and become equally
Bang Bang Books
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it

Issues I Had With This Book
* Why the 2nd Person?: I feel like if you are going to write a book in 2nd person, there should be some impact but I didn't feel it here.

* I See What You're Doing Here: My friend and I were reading this at the same time and she pointed out how Arnold is teaching teens how to do stuff such as make tea and put on a condom. And although some teens do get sex ed in books and I didn't find anything wrong with teaching, I just wish Arnold could have found a more clever
Bitchin' Reads
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is so good!
Erin Kelly
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this 500 stars, I would.

This book is incredible. The dreamy-like quality of the second-person narration; the clever callbacks to fairy tales of yesteryear; the amazing feminist undertones and overtones; the character- and story-building; even the chapter headings and moon cycle illustrations are strategic and on-point.

I hope this book finds its way into the hands of teenage girls everywhere, so they can begin to unlearn the culture of toxic masculinity in which we’ve all been
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

I’d like to start this review off by saying I think this might very much be a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. I really think this book will find the right readers but unfortunately I was not one of them. I think the overall message got a little muddled as well and I normally do not post spoilers in reviews so I won’t discuss explicitly why I believe this in the review. However, if you’d like to discuss this with me if you have also read this
I'm honestly split down the middle on this one. I liked it more at the end than I did at the beginning but I am confused because I can't really articulate why that is.

I picked up Red Hood because Elana K. Arnold's Damsel received a Printz honor in 2019. At first, I was thrown by the narration of second person. It's hard to stick with an entire novel for a narrative style that I personally think is best with short stories. Anyway... Arnold situates her story almost like a high school drama,
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Like other early reviewers before me- I don't agree with this being labeled as a young adult novel, and I feel as though it's important that you know going into this that it features more mature content that's not going to be for everybody. Yes- there's sex! Yes-there's violence! None of it is too graphic, but if you read primarily young adult novels- then 9 chances out of 10 it's going to be more graphic than what you're
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
I did not read Elana Arnold's controversial first book, so this was the first book I read. I did not think I would like it as much as I did. The story is only very barely entrenched in the Red riding hood fairy tale, but much more a story about female strength and rage in a male dominated world where women are often used and discarded as objects not people. Arnold sometimes verges on the edge of becoming preachy but reins it in, and the story succeeds because of it. Bisou is a fascinating ...more
The memory is a mix of pleasure and shame, and you wonder: For the rest of your life, every time you experience that pleasure, will shame be its shadow?

Oh, hell yes. Second person, present tense. My favourite forbidden angel, you're back.

Red Hood is about Bisou, a teenage girl floating in the awkwardness of high school, but with a loving boyfriend and caring grandmother. On the night that she first gets her period, she runs into the woods and kills a wolf - that wolf turns out to be a boy she
Brenna Clark
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Edelwiess for this eARC! I saw the cover and the title and was automatically drawn in, expecting a Red Riding Hood retelling. There are bits and pieces of that story here, but it is a beast all its own. What I found inside these pages was one of the most empowering stories I've had the pleasure to read, and it was so different than many things I've encountered as it was mostly told in second person. This alone made it unique and created a deeper connection with the story and ...more
February 20, 2020:

Consider reading this review over on my blog!

Sum it up in points!

darkly inspired by Red Riding Hood
feminism meets unbound anger
toxic masculinity is stamped on
notion of men are wolves
second-person point of view

Red Hood creates a battleground for the dangerous wolves in the form of men and the dangerous feminists in the form of women to establish the unapologetic aftermath of an attack. The ideas of finding comfort in your own body and consent are explored amidst 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 .

It must bewild inside the brain of Elana K. Arnold. The sheer uniqueness of every one of her books just blows my mind. How does she come up with this stuff?! I have no idea, but if she's got any tips, I'm listening! I am going to try to not give much away about this one, because as always with Ms. Arnold's work, figuring out what exactly you're reading is half the fun! But I will tell
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. I really appreciate what it does, and I think it tackles some important themes. For instance, it deals with themes that are usually seen as taboo, such as menstruation and female sexual pleasure. But it also deals with important feminist themes like the importance of girls supporting girls, calling out victim blaming, and calling out incels. It's also a very bloody book though, quite literally, which isn't necessarily my thing. And I found the ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nope, this is not for me. I couldn’t get past the POV and I already know how my period flows I don’t need to read about someone else’s. I got about 20% before I was finished with reading about you this and you that.
Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. I do recommend you being a bit older since this is not a YA book. Should be marketed as an adult read. I would for sure give it a try you never know if could be YOUR next favorite read.
Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of the RED HOOD blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from, February 18th - February 24th, 2020!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Premarital Sex, consensual and non-consensual, Death of a loved one and on-page death,
Lyndall Clipstone
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was so good. Brutal, visceral, but also in the end... uplifting. I also really loved the use of second person - it was so immersive.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow I couldn't put this down, and I felt so strong after reading it!
Megan Easter
Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm going to be honest - I actually read 50% of the book and then skimmed the rest because I just couldn't do it anymore.

This book was very problematic for me. In my opinion, it was written to make you uncomfortable. From the second person perspective to the very graphic and detailed descriptions about blood and periods and sexual experiences. I feel like this is the type of book you either "get" and love or don't get at all.

Unfortunately, I am the latter category. I didn't get it and I didn't
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ELANA K. ARNOLD writes books for and about children and teens. She holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis where she has taught Creative Writing and Adolescent Literature. Her most recent YA novel, DAMSEL, is a Printz Honor book, Her 2017 novel, WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her middle grade novel, A BOY
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