by: Kady Cross
Published by:Harlequin Teen
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
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?
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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