Heroine by Mindy McGinnis is a book about an incredibly important topic, but not the sort of thing I think I would enjoy reading. Which is a real shame because it’s actually very highly rated on Goodreads. But nothing about a drug focus, or drug addiction focus, is really all that appealing to me. This is such a dark topic and, while I can occasionally bring myself to read them, drug addiction is more difficult. And the funny thing is that I find myself really wanting to pass this book up, but also feeling as though I shouldn’t since my count for books read that discuss this particular subject is rather dismal. And when you’ve only read a small number of things in a particular subject, it stands to reason that your understanding of them might be pretty dismal as well.
There’s also the fact that this book centers around a character who develops a drug addiction due to a sports injury. I happen to have a rather large distaste for sports and I personally know someone who has been through something similar. The situation, therefore, is a bit uncomfortable as far as reading goes. I am aware, at least, of the importance of this novel and so I would suggest that, if it interests you at all, you should pick it up. As for me, I haven’t quite decided yet, so if you think I really should give this one a try or if you think it’s not worth reading, feel free to let me know in the comments below.
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.
How do you feel about this particular novel? Is it one that you might be interested in reading? One that you feel you’ll pass up? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And happy reading!