Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-A brutally honest account of the rape and sexual violence that occur all too frequently in high school and college, and the havoc that such atrocities wreak on the survivors and their loved ones. Hadley's best friend Magda was raped and publicly shamed by the four most popular boys in school at a Halloween party last year. After seeing them walk free and withstanding months of social torment and depression, Magda took her own life, and Hadley endures guilt and feelings of rage at those who assaulted her friend and the system that let them get away with it. She decides to take matters into her own hands-but where does the line between justice and revenge lie, and how much pain and humiliation can she inflict upon the boys without becoming like them herself? The author drops readers into the protagonist's world like it's the deep end of a dark pool; there is no buildup, just immediate slut-shaming and anguish, and the novel becomes bleaker and more disturbing from there. Through the shared experience of isolation, the characters, all of whom have dealt with different kinds of sexual assault, connect and find strength together. VERDICT Recommended for seekers of gritty, emotional, realistic drama. A good choice for most YA collections.-Emily Grace Le May, Providence Community Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
When Hadley's best friend, Magda, was gang raped by four boys and the encounter filmed, everyone thought Magda was asking for it. Eventually, Magda killed herself, leaving Hadley to start senior year alone and full of rage. Hadley deals with her aggression by taking a number of martial arts classes, but even that isn't enough to keep the anger at bay when school starts again and Hadley finds herself faced with the four boys who assaulted Magda and walked free. While a local detective starts a self-defense class for girls, Hadley dons a pink ski mask and takes retribution into her own hands. But as Hadley bonds with the girls in the self-defense class, word of the pink-masked vigilante starts to spread, and things spiral out of her control. Cross offers up positive, consensual sex encounters as a welcome counterpoint to the violence of Magda's rape. Though heavy-handed at times, this tale of rape culture and failures of the justice system nevertheless provides valuable discussion material.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist