Heroine by Mindy McGinnis is a YA Contemporary of overcoming addiction.
“An Amazon Best Book of the Month! A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisis—the deadliest drug epidemic in American history—through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.
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.”
Published: 12 March 2019
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: Hardcover from Local Library
This was an interesting one to read, and I think it’s one that readers of all ages should seek out. Especially with the drug epidemic currently out there.
It’s a story that can give some insight to the struggles of addiction and overcoming the obstacles. It touches on the importance of support systems while giving hope for people who may find themselves in similar circumstances.
I really enjoyed the main character and seeing her transformation from rock bottom to a brighter future. I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars, and HIGHLY recommend it especially to the younger generation.
With that being said, this book could be triggering. It is pretty detailed and I think gives a pretty realistic depiction of what it could be like to get back on your feet after such a tragic and life-altering accident. The writing is both horrifying and hopeful.
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