At its core a coming-of-age story, this novel will grab you by the scruff of the neck and not let go. It is violent, unapologetic, and shameless in a way that is gutsy.
I’m not going to lie, the beginning of the story was tough for me to read.
There’s a lot of violence, physical and psychological, and I actually had to set it aside for a few minutes and get myself prepared for what was happening. Kim, protagonist, is refreshing, a change from many of the female characters we see often these days. She is not bubble-gum flavored, but someone deeply flawed, lost, even in her own head. She is the reason we keep reading the book. We are rooting for her to become who she was meant to be.
Yes, there are some heavy-handed moments that could have been trimmed, or cut altogether. Although the sexual themes are vital to the plot, we could have done with one less sex scene with Walter. But there’s a wonderful sense of tension throughout the novel, from school scenes to confrontations with Kim’s mom, that really make this book a fast-paced, surprising read.
It is not for everyone. As I mentioned, there’s a lot of sexuality, much of it violent and chilling, but if you want a book with an edge, then this one is for you.
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