V for violated. V for vilified. V for vigilant. And now V for validated. Amidst the numerous fight scenes you'd expect from a book titled Vigilante, this book tells you over and over until you believe it that the only people who can prevent rape are rapists. It tells you that no one is ever "asking for it" and consent is necessary, and not saying "no" doesn't mean "yes". This book tells you what you desperately need to hear when you grow up in a world of "don't get drunk", "don't go off with him alone", "don't wear that unless you're ready for the consequences". It perfectly captures the way the justice system fails us, the way those with the power to protect us fail us, and the way we often fail ourselves and each other. But it also shows us how and why we need to do better. Above all Vigilante was healing to read.— From Kinsey's Picks
A brutally honest, uncompromising story about a teen girl who decides to take matters into her own hands
It's senior year, and Hadley and her best friend, Magda, should be starting the year together. Instead, Magda is dead and Hadley is alone. Raped at a party the year before and humiliated, Magda was driven to take her own life and Hadley is forced to see her friend's attackers in the classroom every day. Devastated, enraged and needing an outlet for her grief, Hadley decides to get a little justice of her own.
Donning a pink ski mask and fueled by anger, Hadley goes after each of the guys one by one, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda. As the legend of the pink-masked Vigilante begins to take on a life of its own, Hadley's revenge takes a turn for the dangerous. Could her need for vengeance lead her down a path she can't turn back from?