Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Posted March 24, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / Kady Cross

Vigilante…by Kady Cross


by: Kady Cross
Published by:Harlequin Teen on March 28th 2017
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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?

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hadley’s best friend Magda is sexually assaulted. The boys who did it get away without any consequences. Magda commits suicide. Hadley vows revenge. She dons a pink ski mask and attempts to gain ‘justice’ for Magda.

‘Vigilante’ is a raw look at rape culture, suicide, PTSD and male privilege in our society.  Hadley attempts to take back some of the power that was taken from Magda. Although I didn’t  necessarily agree with how Hadley takes back power, I did love how Cross portrayed Hadley as strong and passionate. I also loved the background characters such as Zoe and Gabe. They gave Hadley the support she needed. I also liked how realistically flawed all the characters were.

The pace of the book was definitely fast.  I flew through it. The prose was also well done and easy to read.

I do think that the story did come on a little strong as fare as ‘rape culture’ in our society is concerned. Also, I would have liked more details of how Drew’s attorney got him and his friends off on the rape charge. There seemed to be a ton of evidence against him. Including evidence that he drugged Magda.

The deep undertone of ‘Vigilante’ is that Magda was not the only one affected by her rape. Her family and friends and even her community was deeply affected as well.

Even though I think that ‘Vigilante’ will no doubt be a trigger for some, it is an important read. ‘Vigilante’ opens a starting point for discussion.



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About Kady Cross

Kady Cross is a pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a pride of cats. She likes singing with Rock Band on the 360, British guys, Vietnamese food, and makeup (she’s hopelessly addicted to YouTube makeup tutorials!). When she’s not writing Kady likes to catch up on her favorite TV shows, read a good book or make her own cosmetics.

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One response to “Vigilante…by Kady Cross

  1. danielle hammelef

    Wow! This book deals with difficult issues to handle for me. I will read this to gain a better insight into the feelings and thoughts of these circumstances.

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