What’s the last book that made you stop and think, “what the actual hell am I reading?” Because that’s exactly what The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis did to me! I’ve never read anything by McGinnis before and wasn’t sure what to expect, but it sure as hell wasn’t whatever I just finished reading.
This story follows two POVs, from teenage ex-best friends, Tress and Felicity. Tress lost her parents, and Felicity was with them the night they disappeared, but she doesn’t remember anything. Now, years later, Tress wants answers and is willing to do anything to get information about her parents, including keeping Felicity hostage.
In this book we see everything from flashbacks to terrible childhood memories, a trashy, roadside zoo, drunk teenagers, drama, dysfunctional families, and of course, a desperate need for answers. I felt like the book was a bit disjointed and had too much packed in, but then realized it’s actually part one of a duology. I can only assume the second book will bring everything together and provide more answers than questions.
If you’re looking for a YA thriller that’s more on the wild side, check out this book. But keep in mind that it’s not a standalone, and you’ll be waiting to see what happens. For real. The ending is nuts and will make you scream and immediately want more information!
Thank you so much Harper Collins Canada and HCC Frenzy for sending me a digital ARC of The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis. It’s available now wherever books are sold.