A gritty read for a woke generation. —KIRKUS
[McLaughin’s] best book yet. —BOING BOING
At Jonesville High, casual misogyny runs rampant, slut-shaming is a given, and school athletes are glorified above all else. Best friends Suze, Nikki, Ani, and Lydia swear they’ll always have each other’s backs against predatory guys—so when Suze suddenly starts dating wrestling star and toxic douchebag Tarkin Shaw, it’s a big betrayal.
Turns out, it’s not a relationship—it’s blackmail. At first, Suze feels like she has no choice but to go along with it, but when Tarkin starts demanding more, she enlists the help of intelligent misfits DeShawn and Marcus to beat Tarkin at his own game. As Marcus points out, what could possibly go wrong?
The answer: everything. And by the time the teens realize they’re fighting against forces much bigger than the Tarkin Shaws of the world, losing isn’t an option.
A gritty read for a woke generation.—KIRKUS
[McLaughin’s] best book yet . . . a gripping thriller about sextortion, high school, revenge and justice. . . . I read this book at a single sitting, and marveled at the economy and drive of its plotting, to say nothing of the artful weaving of deep themes into a crackling thriller. McLaughlin has merged politics with a cyber-heist plot in a way that is fierce and smart.—BOING BOING
McLaughlin has crafted a compelling novel that is somehow both timely and timeless: a perfect storm of topical issues affecting our society—and especially connected teens—today, but also an enduring lesson in empathy which reminds us that the truth behind the clickbait headlines often is hidden.—E.C. MYERS, author of the Andre Norton Award–winning Fair Coin, Quantum Coin, The Silence of Six, and more
A relentless and fierce thriller crossed with an incisive story of gender, class and race. It grabs and grabs and never lets go.—CORY DOCTOROW, author of Little Brother and Radicalized