Alexandra Campbell’s life comes to a crashing halt the night her younger sister is killed during a convenience store robbery. Shattered by guilt, Alex distances herself from her friends and family. Months later, with the police investigation stalled, she fears justice may never be served. Determined to avenge her sister’s murder, Alex disguises herself and joins the gang responsible for the shooting. To identify the one who pulled the trigger, she must put her own life at risk in a world of dangerous criminals. But the longer she plays her new game, the more the lines blur between loyalty and betrayal.
I was in serious need of an unputdownable book. I couldn’t finish my last read, so I wanted something fast-paced and short, something I could devour in a day. My instinct told me Girl On Point would be a good option and I ended up finishing it in a sitting. I really enjoyed it!
I had requested this one on a whim, mainly because I love books and films about undercover agents and revenge stories where people have nothing to lose. Girl On Point seemed to feature all those ingredients: a young woman infiltrating a dangerous all-girl gang while trying to discover what happened to her sister. I need to confess that the first pages didn’t impress me and I started wondering if I had made a good decision. A basketball match isn’t the best way to win me over, but I kept on reading because the blurb had me intrigued. To be honest, I felt everything happened too quickly at first and I wasn’t entirely convinced, but then the scenery changed and Alex moved to a hotel to start working on her revenge. And I was hooked. Inevitably captivated.
I really liked Alex, which I still don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing. She was so brave and willing to sacrifice everything! I admit that the scene with the gun left me a bit shocked. I also loved how she made friends with the girls and learned to get what she wanted from them (and even though I would’ve never followed her actions, I kind of admired her). Reading this kind of books makes me realize I’m a coward, but it’s okay, I admit it, let’s move on!
I guess this is what you’d call a YA novel… the main character is seventeen years old and she’s still going to high school. But I didn’t mind. The book was violent, dangerous and addictive. The writing was straightforward but the author did a great job of describing the gang, the girls, and their robberies and dealings. I could picture it all in my head and I honestly would’ve have minded if the book had been a bit longer. At first, I wondered how Alex would keep her parents in the dark about her activities, but in the end, I believe it was done pretty well. I didn’t think it was too unrealistic and she was smart enough to say what her father wanted to hear (I also liked the part where she gave a woman 20 dollars to talk to him).
I can’t say the ending shocked me, as I was expecting that revelation from the beginning, but I still thought it was a good conclusion to the story and I think I would’ve chosen the same outcome. I quite enjoyed the final chapters where we were told what happened afterwards. A really nice surprise.
Netgalley, Red Adept Publishing, 2017