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Heroine

By: Mindy McGinnis
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
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Publisher's Summary

A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisis - the deadliest drug epidemic in American history - through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.

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.

©2019 Mindy McGinnis (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Intense and Unapologetic

Even before you get to the chilling first line (“When I wake up, all my friends are dead”) you know that this is the sort of story where everything is eventually going to fall apart, and you’ve come to watch the train wreck and hope that something can be saved at the end, and you can’t be entirely sure that it will be.

I listened to this book in a single day, after seeing the prologue and first three chapters in a preview shared on Twitter last week. The first-person voice is made all the more powerful by the narration which pulls you in and adds depth you don’t get from a page.

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Heroine Book Review

My first reaction after reading this book was, "Damn!" I won an ARC copy of Heroine a week before its release, so I made room for it, throwing all other books on my TBR list out of the way to get to it as soon as possible. I read it the day of its release, after having finished The Cuckoo's Calling just two days before. I didn't start any other book but chose to wait until I received the audiobook I pre-ordered in order to read this book right away. 

I didn't really know what to expect. I will admit that I was kind of scared/nervous to read this book. I knew, after reading the blurb in the back of the book, that this was going to be a book that hit on a very serious topic. I knew that it was going to bring into awareness a very important issues. I wasn't sure if I could handle it, didn't know if I was prepared to read something like this. When I first started, the very first chapter grabbed my attention. The structure of the novel and its introduction of Mickey's accident at the beginning allowed me to be interested in her and what was going to happen to her. I wanted to know what she was going to go through and the complications that were going to arise as a result of the accident. 

The progression of the story allowed me to see Mickey's growing problem. It allowed me to empathize with this character. Reading her story allowed me to not only empathize with her but with anyone who had a story like her. The entire story brought to my awareness the struggles with addiction and the ignorance most of us have about how those individuals got to that state. This was a very daring story, one that focuses on humanizing people with addiction and shifting the audience's attention to not see them as junkies but as people, people who have made a mistake, people who deserve our attention, our support, and our awareness. 

I would like to note that this novel does have an abundant amount of profanity. I would like to advise that to those of us who do not enjoy books with a lot of that in it. I listened to the audiobook while reading along and found it to be a little uncomfortable, so keep that in mind if you are listening aloud where others can here or if you are choosing a book to read for your teenagers. There is depictions of drug use as well, so again, keep that in mind if you are a parent wondering if this is something you want your youth to read. It is definitely a powerful novel and raises awareness to the severity of drug addiction, but keep in mind that the author does not hold back. I loved the author's willingness to write this novel. 

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Pressley's narration at 1.0 speed was slow but extremely well done. To really get into this story and if you have time, I would recommend listening at this speed. It's a bit dramatized, which I found amazing and the reason I would want to listen to it at this speed. At 1.25 speed, her narration is about as normal conversation speed. For those of us who like to multitask and listen on the go, I recommend listening at at either a 1.50 speed so one does not miss anything. For those who are listening while reading the book, I found 2.0 and 2.5 speed to be the best speeds. 3.0 and 3.5 speed was too fast for me, and I was missing a lot of what the narrator was saying and had to eventually slow down the narrator's reading speed. 

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Not like the others

The characters are so real. I prefer the relationships. Amazing prose. The narration sounds like a young Julia Whelan in this book.

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emotional read

with all mindy Mcginnis books, you expect a certain level of angst and emotion. this one is no exception.

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Really good

I can’t really describe it. I loved the narration and I love the plot. It seemed real and it took me into the life of an addict. It kept my interest.

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I was hooked from the first...

Binge listened to the entire title in just a couple of days!

Narrator, in my opinion, took a little getting used to but the story was so compelling it could be forgiven.

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Cuts you deep

All I have to say is that this audiobook is amazing. It's so real and heartbreaking that I couldn't stop listening. I had to binge the entire book in one day.

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Exquisite

The most accurate in detail and the most poignant story of addiction I’ve ever read. Absolutely stunning writing.

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Timely content, great read, and good audio!

I'm not sure I can say what I think wholly of this book without giving things away. While I can say that we know Mickey wakes up "all [her] friends are dead", we don't exactly know what happened. We don't know how or why or exactly what led them all there. There were moments I wanted to hug Mickey, moments I wanted to throttle her. Same with her friends from softball and her own parents. How could they not see? How could they let her continue down this path of destruction? While I can't say anything as to the facts or the way the drug use was depicted within the story, it *felt* real to me. I felt as if I were in Edith's house standing next to Mickey, Josie, Luther, and Derek. Yelling at them to be smarter, to not make these choices. It all seemed to fly by so quickly.

I'm glad it didn't end up tied neatly in a bow, a package delivered under a tree. I'm happy McGinnis stuck with keeping things more true to life. Her writing was stellar and I was sucked in from the beginning to the end. I love that she doesn't stick to one genre and I never know what I'm going to get from her. I'm sure at some point she'll circle back, but so far I'm loving it.

Brittany Pressley did a great job of taking on the role of Mickey throughout the book. I felt the emotion coming from her and the pacing was really well done. I also had no problems distinguishing who was speaking, even if the text didn't tell me; or when it was thoughts versus her talking out loud. I was thoroughly impressed with her as a narrator and she will definitely be one I'll look out for in the future, as I'm fairly picky with my narrators. :)

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Breath Taking

Wow.... this book was unbelievably good. I think this should be mandatory reading in school. Brittany was absolutely the best auditor for this. So worth every penny you spend on this book.

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