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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019, audiobook, contemporary, cover-love

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 belonged and the prescribed painkillers help her stay there. The pills don't just take away the pain though, they make her feel good. With a new circle of other injured athletes and people who are just bored, Mickey finds acceptance where it's easy to talk about anything and everything, even if it's just the pills. As the pressure to be the star athlete gets worse, her need increases and can send her spiraling out of control.

Jesus, this is some hard-hitting stuff. It's so tragic and gives such a hopeless feeling, even days later. The audiobook was really fantastic and this story is well written and told but damn, it really hits. This book had the same heartbreaking energy as The Female of the Species so at least she's staying on track. I think the part that just really got me the most was while people die and suffer in fantasy books, it is still fantasy but everything in this book could happen to anyone you know. You're not going to get eaten by a dragon in real life (sadly) but you can sure get addicted to some bad things.

The first person POV shows us Mickey's every emotion and seeing her justify and rationalize her actions as everything falls out of control is heartbreaking. To watch her complete downward spiral into hard drugs was terrible, and honestly horrifying. This book never holds back; it gets gross and messy but is never seen as "if you do weed once you'll die" sort of school age scare tactic. Mickey's situation is all too real and I felt so sorry for her.

Very important, very well done but again, soul-crushing. Highly recommend if you're into feeling dead inside after reading a book.
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Reading Progress

July 7, 2018 – Shelved
July 7, 2018 – Shelved as: awaiting-release
March 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
March 13, 2019 – Started Reading
March 13, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
March 13, 2019 – Shelved as: audiobook
March 13, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary
March 13, 2019 – Shelved as: cover-love
March 13, 2019 – Finished Reading

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