Friday, July 26th 2019


HeroineHeroine by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 12th 2019
Pages: 432

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.

I had just finished reading Beautiful Boy when I picked this one up. So I went from a non-fiction/memoir written by a father of an addict to reading a fiction book about an addict. I was in a mood apparently. TW for addiction and drug use.

This book didn’t really surprise me with where the storyline went but it did surprise me with how much I ended up caring for the main character. I was yelling at some of her choices and trying to will her to do the right thing rather than continue the trend on a downward spiral.

What I really appreciated was that in the end, her relationships were messy or ruined. There is a friendship that is highlighted throughout the novel that starts to unravel as she becomes more and more addicted and some friendships cannot survive the stress and alienation. It felt real.