by Chuck Wendig – Atlanta Burns is one helluva protagonist! This 17-year-old high-school junior has a reputation in her small town, one she earned with the help of a .410 shotgun. The problem with a reputation based on a spectacular act of self-preservation is that it grows in the retelling. Now Atlanta finds herself in the role of protecting and avenging spirit when a couple of groups of racist and homophobic bullies won’t let her mind her own business… which is what she really prefers.
Profane, damaged, prickly, Atlanta is damaged goods. And she’s good damaged, as she uses her pain and history to help her find the strength she needs to deal with her messed-up life and with the shitstains who are tormenting and even torturing the two guys who have somehow become her only friends.
I don’t know how Chuck Wendig managed to get into the head of a messed-up teenage girl, but he’s spot on. I’m looking forward to the other 3 novellas in this series. (finished 3/26/2012)