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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. But 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.

Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers 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 in this visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.

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"From the novel’s opening line, the reader awaits the tragic outcome. What matters are the details — the lying, the stealing, the fear about college scholarships, the pain confronted in the weight room, and the desperate desire to win — because they force the reader to empathize with Mickey’s escalating need.... The writing is visceral, and following Mickey as she rationalizes about her addiction is educative and frightening. Even more frightening are the descriptive passages that reveal how pleasant the drugs make her feel. By the end, readers understand how heroin can infiltrate even the most promising lives." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 15 and up
Author Mindy McGinnis
ISBN 0062847198
Publication Date Mar 12, 2019
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books
Language English