When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices—run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.
Run, Hide, Fight Back April Henry Henry, Holt and Co, 2019 Source: E-Galley
Run, Hide, Fight Back is not for sensitive readers who fear mass shootings. I had a rough time with the first section. This situation could happen anywhere and was incredibly realistic, stressful and action-packed. Once the shooting was done and the mystery started, I had an easier time reading.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters. It was amazing that they were so distinct considering that the book was so short. The author didn’t shy away from the differences that they had between each other, either. It showed both sides to each story. Unfortunately, I saw the twist coming from a mile away, but I don’t think that teens, especially younger ones, will. One of the storylines is abandoned for so long that I forgot about it, but I figured out what was going on once that storyline was reintroduced. Again, I don’t think that teens necessarily will figure it out.
I think that older teens will appreciate the issues and the quick read. If younger teens can handle violence and stressful situations, they will not be able to put Run, Hide, Fight Back down.
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Over the course of her adventures—or misadventures—this little bold lady will handle a crisis with a local celebrity who has her eyes on Maud’s apartment, foil the engagement of her long-ago lover, and dispose of some pesky neighbors. But when the local authorities are called to investigate a murder in her apartment complex, will Maud be able to avoid suspicion, or will Detective Inspector Irene Huss see through her charade?
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