Atlanta Burns ( Atlants Burns #1+2)
by Chuck Wendig
Synopsis from Goodreads:
You don’t mess with Atlanta Burns.
Everyone knows that. And that’s kinda how she likes it—until the day Atlanta is drawn into a battle against two groups of bullies and saves a pair of new, unexpected friends. But actions have consequences, and when another teen turns up dead—by an apparent suicide—Atlanta knows foul play is involved. And worse: she knows it’s her fault.
You go poking rattlesnakes, maybe you get bit.
Afraid of stirring up the snakes further by investigating, Atlanta turns her focus to the killing of a neighborhood dog. All paths lead to a rural dogfighting ring, and once more Atlanta finds herself face-to-face with bullies of the worst sort. Atlanta cannot abide letting bad men do awful things to those who don’t deserve it. So she sets out to unleash her own brand of teenage justice.
Will Atlanta triumph? Or is fighting back just asking for a face full of bad news?
Dark gritty wonderful!
She’s a negative young lady who has seen some dark things and has done something that has made the town rather scared of her. She sticks up for those who need someone to stick up for them. Even if she doesn’t want to.
Atlanta was a great broken, vulnerable, kick butt character that swore like a sailor and was tough as nails. She had moments where she was rather funny and through out the book I couldn’t help admire her and her tenacity.
The story its self is chock full of triggers. Rape, Animal abuse, Homophobia, lots of blood and violence. Still it made all for an interesting heart string pulling story. Kind of hard to read because of all the violent stuff that was going on but there were good times too. Reading about her actually developing friendships and trying to mend things with her mother were rather pleasant breaks from the darkness.
Dark, Violent, and a great story if you can handle it. I personally hope there is more Atlanta Burns stories in the future.