Nora O'Malley's been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother's protégé. But when her mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.
For five years Nora's been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:
#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they're all friends, Wes didn't know about her and Iris.
#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It's a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:
#3: Right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it.
The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora's something else entirely. They have no idea who they're really holding hostage. This feminist, suspenseful thriller full of twists and turns stars a bisexual teen who's unapologetically herself... even when she's being someone else.
"Nora is a survivor of domestic, psychological, and sexual abuse, and was forced by her mother to adopt multiple identities, leaving her relationship with herself unsteady, and Sharpe (Barbed Wire Heart) focuses as much on her trauma — and the systems of power that enable and excuse abuse — as on mystery and heart-pounding action.... The small, complex cast of characters and emotional core make this a poignant thriller." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||14 and up|
|Publication Date||Jan 26, 2021|
|Publisher||G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers|