My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Atlanta Burns is an angry young woman who has, in her own words, "been through some bad shit." The exact nature of that particular metaphorical excrement isn't immediately spelled out, but the aftermath has left her an outcast, feared and shunned even by her former friends. When she takes on a particularly psychotic set of school bullies, she stumbles into some local secrets that foretell more bad times ahead in future installments of this series.
The violence and language would probably scare off the average YA publisher. That's why I'm so glad that the e-book revolution allows stuff like this to find a readership, because this is a really good book. It's very realistic in its portrayal of the relentless tension and dread that's familiar to anyone who's ever been bullied, that sense that you can't get away, no one will help, and there's no way out, save suicide or violence. I doubt school authorities would condone the way Atlanta takes matters (and her trusty .410 scatter-gun) into her own hands, but it makes for a compelling revenge fantasy.
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