Release date: March 28th 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?
I’ve read a lot of books dealing with this topic recently but I thought this one managed to still stand out with its revenge plot and with the addition of self defense classes. I liked that the book didn’t just deal with Hadley’s revenge but with Hadley’s own guilt about that night and her finding a way to move on after her friend’s death. It was the story of Hadley wanting to make sure no other girl was hurt the way Madga was and that no boy would get away with hurting another girl.
Hadley was dealing with a lot of guilt over, in her opinion, being a horrible friend both on the night Madga was raped and afterward. She had to see the four boys in class every day, joking, walking around because there had been no consequences for what they’d done to her best friend. When the opportunity arose for her to humiliate one of the guys, I could understand why she took it. She wanted justice for her friend and if the court wouldn’t do it, she would.
I really liked seeing Hadley reluctantly reaching out to other girls and slowly realizing she had new friends. It had been just her and Madga for so long that Hadley didn’t really interact with many other people. I liked the group of girls she started to hang out with, girls she convinced to join a self defense class and who were more than willing to help Hadley keep other girls safe. The self defense classes were a great addition as it gave very good advice and it allowed some very important points to be addressed in a natural situation.
With the book being so short, the main focus stayed on Hadley’s revenge and guilt, which meant a lot of the supporting characters didn’t get a lot of opportunities to develop. There were a few things I had to overlook, like Hadley being able to so easily get away with being the Pink Vigilante when she was targeting the boys who’d hurt her best friend, but it wasn’t hard to do(no more so than accepting a pair of glasses or a hood can hide Supergirl or the Arrow’s identities).
This is an important book and the way it was written, especially the self defense classes, was great in the way where I could picture the moves the girls were doing without needing graphics.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.