Heroine by Mindy McginnisHeroine by Mindy Mcginnis


byMindy Mcginnis

Hardcover | March 12, 2019

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month! 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.

Title:HeroineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inPublished:March 12, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062847198

ISBN - 13:9780062847195


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting yet important The more Mindy McGinnis I read the more I am blown away by her words. I first read This Darkness Mine, which was one of the strangest books I have ever read, and her talent in telling that story is very clear. Coming into this book I knew I would be expecting something completely different, and I was even more impressed with the quality of writing in Heroine. Heroine is upsetting. It's dark, but it's also terrifying in its portrayal of how simple it is to lose yourself in addiction. I just finished it about an hour ago and I'm honestly finding it difficult to come up with the words to describe how I feel. This book broke my heart over and over, but kept me completely engrossed with the main character Mickey. I wanted to see her thrive, to see her beat this addiction, to see her happy, I felt so strongly about her well-being that there was no way I could ever put this book down. The most striking part of this book was seeing the justifications made by Mickey. Anytime the book explored her thought process it showed how simple it was to convince yourself that what you are doing is the best thing, and that it is your only option, and this is exactly what Mickey felt as she dealt with her injury that led her to painkillers. It's a YA must read.
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A hard but important read HEROINE came in hot. The opening sentence of: "When I wake up, all my friends are dead," set a tone that initially scared me off, but I’m happy I came back around because while HEROINE was a heavy read, it also had the signature Mindy McGinnis flare for tackling tough subjects with an unflinching perspective. Mickey, determined and focused to get a scholarship for softball, was up against the clock to recover from her injuries in order to play in her final high school softball season, which immediately set the stage for her impending addiction. Because while Mickey’s initial goal of healing quickly had her popping pills, the euphoria of pharmaceutically induced happiness got Mickey hooked. As her addiction progressed, HEROINE became a master’s class in tracing a user’s rationalization process; the twisting and contorting of facts in order justify taking higher doses. Casting Mickey’s mother as a nurse doubled-down on the idea of how easy it is to fall into addiction and while I turned each page, transfixed, I dreaded when the prologue would circle back around. With McGinnis’s reputation for bleak endings, I honestly didn’t know if Mickey would make it out alive. Deeply uncomfortable and entirely necessary, HEROINE should be required reading in schools.
Date published: 2019-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important Read! This book isn't perfect, contrary to my 5 star rating, but it is important look at the new route into addiction. I hope the Sackler family is inundated with copies of this book and legally held to account for the disaster they have unleashed on America. But that is separate from Mickey Catalan's addiction story. Mickey is in a car accident with her best friend, she suffers a hip fracture and her friend gets a broken arm. Both are elite athletes at their high school, entering their final year - meaning scouting season. Mickey is prescribed Oxys, and quickly finds herself in the world of underground prescription pill mills to keep her ability to perform up. The story unfolds predictably from there. However, I highly recommend this story because it humanizes addiction - the new face of addiction isn't a party girl gone awry but unsuspecting persons who are basically prescribed heroin by their doctor.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A realistic novel on addiction Getting addicted to opioids is a scary thing - and it is so easy when the drug is prescribed as a painkiller by your family doctor. McGinnis describes the ease with which Mickey, a successful athlete, goes down the slippery slope of drug addiction. The author describes the experience and the decisions made with honesty and forthrightness. As I was reading the novel, I could only shake my head in sadness of the path our heroine takes from using oxycontin to heroin. This novel is definitely not filled with fluff. Instead it is brutal and realistic.Heroine was a book that I could not put down. While reading, Mickey Catalan became someone that I cared about. There were times in the novel when I hoped for a good outcome for her - and yet wasn't sure she would get it. She is loved - by family and friends - and yet she moves freely and with conscious thought towards addition. The novel shows how easy it is for her to do so - and how she advocates for herself to go down the path she has chosen.This novel is described as a Young Adult novel and discusses an issue that some teens are faced with. The content, however, is too mature for the younger teen - or one that would not have the ability to process such a harsh reality. However, it is a reality that needs to come out into the open; it is a reality that young people need to consider as drug addiction is so easy to fall into.I enjoyed this well-written novel and recommend that should be read by both young and older readers as it deals with a topic that affects so many lives.
Date published: 2019-03-16

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