Author: Kady Cross
Publisher by: Harlequin Teen
Published on: March 28, 2017
Genres: Mature YA, Young Adult Romance
Page Count: 288
A brutally honest, uncompromising story about a teen girl who decides to take matters into her own hands.
It's senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend's attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own.
Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley's revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can't turn back from?
So when Vigilante popped up on my radar, I knew I needed to get my hands on this book. I’ve only read Kady Cross’ Steampunk series but this synopsis compelled me to want to read it. Vigilante was a book that dealt with some sensitive subjects like rape and violence. It was a fast paced read that will definitely be a conversation starter.
Hadley was an interesting character. She was angry, passionate, and most of all loyal. Losing her best friend, Magda, to suicide was devastating but the everything that lead up to it left her frustrated. In her mind no one did anything to get justice for Magda and she didn’t want to let them get away with what they had done.
I liked the fact that Hadley wanted to get justice for her friend. I do think she was both fueld by anger and a bit of guilt. I didn’t always agree how did things or how she jeopardized her own safety, but I understood her reasoning.
The story felt realistic in terms of the assault and how easily we can quickly we can blame the victim instead of the accused. This story had a good message but it also came across as a bit preachy. For me that took away from the authentic feel of story. I liked this story but didn’t love it. Regardless, this is definitely a book that will start a conversation.