VIGILANTE BY KADY CROSS BOOK REVIEW:
A brutally honest, uncompromising story about a teen girl who decides to take matters into her own hands.
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 was not perfect in any way, however I found it to be so empowering, raw and emotional that I couldn’t help but love it in a deep and meaningful way that I can’t really explain.
This story deals with the topic of rape and suicide, which I know is triggering for a lot of people so if this is something that you find you can’t read about I don’t recommend you read this book. However this book really shows the effects of Hadley after her friend commits suicide after she was raped and the guilt that Hadley feels afterwards I found to very emotional.
One of the little things I wish that was different in this book would be the writing style at the beginning of the book was a little flat and hard to get into at first but because it was so short once I got into the story it didn’t take me long at all to finish. Also some of the side characters felt as though they weren’t really developed into the story as well as I would have liked but again this would have been because it was a smaller book they didn’t have the time to build them up.
Overall, this book is a very empowering and emotional read, that is a very quick read. This is a book that I would recommend to everyone to read because it is one of those books that I feel a lot of people could take something out of.
STAR RATING 4 OUT OF 5 STARS