Three screws in her hip.
Two months until spring training.
One answer to all her problems.
Mickey Catalan’s life has been littered with struggles—from the scars that tell of past injuries to her parents’ divorce to the daily complexity of finding the right words to fit in socially. Mickey is no stranger to pain, emotional or physical.
When a car crash sidelines her months before softball season, Mickey 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 back there.
The pills do more than take away the 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.
Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis lays bare and honest exploration of the opioid crisis through the eyes of one girl., a visceral and necessary story about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.
What to say about this book? It’s one that everyone needs. Though there is a content warning at the beginning that this book may not be the best choice for those struggling with addiction or a recovering addict. I am a recovering alcoholic and this was hard for me to read.
Mindy McGinnis knows how to write a story that will tear apart your emotions and stomp all over them. Because I have somewhat of an understanding of what Mickey was going through, I think I felt more for her than someone that doesn’t have that same understanding. McGinnis really nailed the portrayal of Mickey falling into the trap of addiction and how it can take down anyone. I think it was really interesting that Mickey and her best friend seemed to be two sides of the same coin. Mickey was the one that fell into addiction and her best friend fought the temptation.
This story was powerful and is one that needs to be read by everyone. The author showed just how easy it is to get tangled up with drugs and even for those that have a wonderful future laid out for them.
There isn’t too much I want to say about this story because there was so much to it, but also it was very character-driven. I just have to say that this book hurt. It was powerful and important and needs to be read by as many people as possible.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.