PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
DATE PUBLISHED: 28th March 2017
It’s senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend’s attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own.
Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley’s revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can’t turn back from?
This book is powerful. An exploration of rape-culture, victim-blaming and slut-shaming in a small community. The main protagonist takes it upon herself to fight these unfair qualities and seek justice that individuals have evaded.
In just the first chapter Hadley must come to a point of acceptance that her friend has been raped by four guys who are from their school and they got away with it, not to mention that Hadley’s friend cannot cope with this and commits suicide. And that’s just the first chapter!
Hadley finds herself in a lot of serious and potentially dangerous situations through this book. She is finding a way to come to grips with what has happened and ensure that she does everything she can to ensure that others are able to protect themselves. She is a character who has a message that is important for young females anywhere.
The many side characters of this book also play a major part to the story. There are others in Hadley’s life that help her in her quest for justice such as Gabe, Zoe and Diane. The boys who committed the rape are easy to deplore.
The message of empowerment and comradery amongst females are powerful and much needed in todays society. This novel has a lot of dark elements and is one that needs to be read.
Keep Calm and Read On,