Written by:
Mindy McGinnis
Narrated by:
Brittany Pressley
Price: $24.99 $5.99

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2019
8 hours 34 minutes
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. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.

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.

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.
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Brook D.

It was a good book, a good story line, and it was an easy listen.

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Sandra A.

This book was heavy and hard to read. I think one of the reasons I finished it in two days is because I wanted to stop feeling so sad for where the story was going. The first line of the books tells the reader how bad things are going to get. “When I wake up, all my friends are dead.” I had this on my TBR since it came out and wasn’t sure I would be able to read it; I thought it might just be too hard, but in a time when opiates seems to be commonplace, it is important to understand how the addiction can not only ruin your life, but kill as well, and kill fast. I like Mickey and felt for her as she fell lower and lower. I also liked her friends, and the reality that Mickey chose heroine over them and the creeping addiction that dug its claws in and took hold. This is an important book to read, but also be cautious of those that may have trigger issues because Mindy McGinnis, like in all her books, will bring you right into the grittiest, most difficult places, and leave you there to feel it all thoroughly.

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