I picked up this book because Kelly told me to and then Shaun David Hutchinson shamed me for waiting. Plus it was on sale and now I can't figure out why more people haven't consumed it. Maybe because it will consume you.
“But boys will be boys, our favorite phrase that excuses so many things, while the only thing we have for the opposite gender is women, said with disdain and punctuated with an eye roll.”
How do you describe a book that is literal perfection? The writing? On point. The subject? Timely. The characters? Ideal. The story? Incredible.
Brutal. This book is brutal. It's brutal because it's real. It's brutal because reality sucks. It's brutal because the main character murders a man within the first few pages and you're like, "Yeah, I get it."
There are laws in place that stop us from doing things. This is what we tell ourselves. In truth we stop ourselves; the law is a guideline for how to punish someone who is caught.
You will go through every emotion when reading this book. You'll mostly be angry. There will be tears. You might throw your book across the room (and then you'll run to pick it up). If you can grab it over audio, I highly recommend as it's told in three POV. The ending may break you.
by Mindy McGinnis
Published: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.