HEROINE by Mindy McGinnis| ARC REVIEW

Thank you so much to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an advanced copy of this book to read and review!

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Title: Heroine

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Pages432

GenresYoung Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: March 12, 2019

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When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there.

The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good.

With a new circle of friends—fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill—Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue.

But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

Content Warnings:

  • Drug Addiction
  • Overdose (leading to death)
  • Realistic depictions of opioid use
    • this depiction is very realistic and very detailed. Please be cautious if you decide to read.

The beginning of the book gives a warning that recovered and recovering addicts should proceed with caution due to its depiction of drug use.

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my rating: 4/5 Stars

The more Mindy McGinnis I read the more I am blown away by her words. I first read This Darkness Mine, which was one of the strangest books I have ever read, and her talent in telling that story is very clear. Coming into this book I knew I would be expecting something completely different, and I was even more impressed with the quality of writing in Heroine.

Heroine is upsetting. It’s dark, but it’s also terrifying in its portrayal of how simple it is to lose yourself in addiction. I just finished it about an hour ago and I’m honestly finding it difficult to come up with the words to describe how I feel. This book broke my heart over and over, but kept me completely engrossed with the main character Mickey. I wanted to see her thrive, to see her beat this addiction, to see her happy, I felt so strongly about her well-being that there was no way I could ever put this book down.

The most striking part of this book was seeing the justifications made by Mickey. Anytime the book explored her thought process it showed how simple it was to convince yourself that what you are doing is the best thing, and that it is your only option, and this is exactly what Mickey felt as she dealt with her injury that led her to painkillers.

The novel is engaging and hooks you from the second you start reading, I often found myself drawn into Heroine for hours at a time. I also switched between reading and listening to the audiobook which I really enjoyed, I would recommend the audiobook if you are wanting to read this & often listen to audiobooks! The narrator was fantastic.

Realistic, harrowing and haunting, this book is a must read. From dealing with the darkness of addiction to the struggle of recovery, it touches on so many important aspects, and yet there remains a glimmer of a hopeful undertone throughout.

I’m shocked at the lack of talk I have seen so far surrounding Heroine, I would highly recommend it, but please be wary of the content warnings before picking this one up.

thank you so much for reading

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