by Mindy McGinnis
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and riveting contemporary YA novel that blends the unflinching honesty of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak with the relentless pacing and alternating perspectives of Gone Girl. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner.
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
North American publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, September 2016
Foreign rights sold: Brazil (V&R); Turkey (Marti)
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Whether a catcall, an unwelcome touch, or more, sexual aggression towards females happens daily; McGinnis explores how one teen uses violence for justice in this gripping story that should be read and discussed by teens, as well as those who work with them.”—Booklist, Starred Review
Your heart may still be pounding after you’ve finished this book … [McGinnis] examines this dichotomy of hope and violence, love and hate, with dexterity and grace.”—New York Times Book Review
Unforgettable… This is Kill Bill in high school, but with more nuance, bolder choices and a true female perspective.”—Globe and Mail
All three teens are haunted by the memory of Anna’s murder, and Alex’s inclination to both considering and exacting revenge with cruel efficiency leads them all inexorably to an explosive, terrible finale. An unflinching look at rape culture and its repercussions.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
[A] harrowing rumination on the nature of violence and the power of friendship in a small town … McGinnis gracefully avoids the pitfalls of creating a teenage vigilante, instead maintaining a sense of piercing realism.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
This is an astoundingly dark but beautifully written tragedy … Highly recommended for collections serving teenagers, this book will likely be especially well received by those who enjoyed any of Gillian Flynn’s novels.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
Each word has been specifically chosen, each character superbly and humanly sculpted, the plot line masterfully completed. To say more would be to dilute the experience. McGinnis plays with the readers and we are at her mercy.”—VOYA, Starred Review
McGinnis links very clearly the little microcosm of rape culture that is high school to society’s larger model … it would certainly spark heated discussion in a book club or classroom.”—BCCB