As someone who reviews book, it is no surprise to hear that sometimes books become buried on my shelves. Unfortunately for me, this means that sometimes a hidden gem can become forgotten! When I stumbled across Girl on Point, by Cheryl Guerriero, in my “to review” pile, I had one of those “HEY!” moments and I picked it up immediately. I am so glad I did.
I felt from the start that this one had an original plot. After her sister is killed in a convenience story robbery, Alex, an athletic, straight A student, is devastated. Upon investigation, it is noted that the act was probably one of gang violence but without any certainties, the police cannot do much. Determined to avenge her sister’s murder, Alex disguises herself and joins the gang responsible. Crossing the line into enemy territory, Alex finds herself in danger, her morals questioned, and her life at risk as she infiltrates the world of gang life and dangerous criminals.
This one is a quick, fast paced read. As soon as Alex permeates the gang, the pages seemed to turn themselves. I appreciate pacing like this so I was thrilled that I found myself completely engrossed.
I think Guerriero accomplished something pretty rare within her narrative. The POV comes mostly from a teenaged narrator; however, the plot never seems young or YA. This is most likely due to the fact that this content is incredibly emotional, complex and raw. Gang life is no joke and Guerriero does a brilliant job at giving a glimpse into this lifestyle.
My only complaint, and it was small, was that the ending felt a little bit rushed. It seemed like there was such a significant amount of time building the characters and exploring their various relationships and then everyone is resolved within a chapter at the end with a sort of one liner involving each of them.
Overall, I would say this novel would appeal to readers of all ages. If you like something fast paced or enjoy the simplicity of YA with the complexity of adult fiction, I’d add this to the top of your TBR pile.