GIRL POWER ALL THE WAY!
So many important stars!
About the Book
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
This book is probably one of my all-time favorite and not only because it was SO well written [I want to read ALL of Mindy‘s book now!] or because the PHENOMENAL characterization, or because of borderline genius use of the three alternative first person POV that takes an already fantastic story arc to another level. It’s one of my all-time favorite because it’s SO incredibly powerful, relevant and important!
I thought the most relevant book was going to read this year was The Hate U Give, because racism is one of the most relevant topics ever. However, this book’s relevance is so undeniable global!
And before we get into how relevant this book is let me tell you… I’m adopting Alex too. She’s my third adopted child along with Lada from And I Darken and Alex’s from See you in the Cosmos. Alex is strong, brave, sharp, beautifully lethal like Lada! To me Alex is not a villain but a so freaking overdue vigilante for all us women of the world! We, women and girls of this world, need to be more like Alex!
I always wanted to be like Alex [that’s why did martial arts f or years] and HELL YEAH I want my Butterfly to be like Alex! I wanted her to be nice and kind BUT If she has to choose between being prey or predator… The choice will always be obvious to me!
As you can see in my Goodreads updates at the end, I could quote the entire book. But I guess this is the one scene I want to send out to the world. This is what one of the characters wants to say to her friend that just saved her from being gang raped.
“That’s…” I trail of. Aware that I was about to say ‘crazy’ along with words like “you shouldn’t have done that”. It’s a reflex. Something that has been ingrained in me. ‘Do no harm’ ‘Be nice’ ‘you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar’. But what if I don’t want to catch a fly? [..] ‘Thank you’ I say instead.
This book is such a great message girls and for young women around the world!
For all women in general!
All human females [that cover!] in this world should read this book!
Every sister should gift at least one copy of this book to another sister!
[because we are ALL sisters! Same way men refer to each other as “brothers”]
Think about it! Think about three girls you love and then realize
that one of them is statistically likely to be sexually abused!
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!
Let’s NOT teach girls to be ‘NICE’ no matter what!!
let’s teach them to be SAFE
Let’s teach them to love themselves
Let’s teach them to stop abuse
Let’s teach them to protect themselves and others in need
Let’s teach them to be brave, loyal and supportive
Let’s teach them to stop to slut-shaming, sexual bullying and victim blaming
and never insult other women and add their writing to the writing in the bathroom walls!
let’s teach them that “boys will be boys” is not an acceptable excuse for inappropriateness
Because I don’t care what that old song said [emphasis on “OLD”]
This is not a “man’s world”
This is OUR world too!
SISTERS OF THE WORLD…
READ THIS BOOK! GIFT THIS BOOK!
[I already gifted two copies!]
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