#ReadWithPride: Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Perfect for followers of:

  • Teen Wolf however make it homosexual(er)
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Heathers meets Mean Girls
  • Hannah Capin’s Golden Boys Beware

Girls turning into werewolves and getting revenge on sexual predators? Sign me the f*** up! Sharpen your claws, readers, as a result of this one’s not for the weak of coronary heart. As a premise, Squad hooks you from the primary sentence.

The within the graphic novel holds up the promise of the premise. It’s a fast-paced story following Becca, the brand new woman in school, who finds herself drawn into the favored women clique in school who’re, unbeknownst to her, precise werewolves. When an unlucky encounter with a pushy man results in Becca studying the reality about her new associates and being invited into the pack, the enjoyable begins. Full moon after full moon, the women take revenge on sexual predators and poisonous males. But when traces start to blur between those that deserve their deadly destiny and boys solely being within the mistaken place on the mistaken time, issues take an advanced flip for Becca and her associates.

Squad is an extremely fast-paced learn. There isn’t ever a lull and also you’re in Becca’s head proper from the beginning. As she will get to know the women and their secrets and techniques, Becca herself additionally modifications. I preferred that we acquired to see her selecting her associates and energy over remaining unvoiced and even the ethical wrestle she felt compelled to disregard in favour of doing what her associates instructed her to—it actually spoke to the “pack mentality” of all of it.

Fans of revenge tales can even get their pound of flesh (pun very a lot meant) whereas studying Squad. It’s positively satisfying to see the unhealthy guys getting what they deserve and in that facet, it jogged my memory of one other sapphic learn of this 12 months, Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin. I feel that this can make lovers of that style howl like a wolf in help no less than as soon as whereas studying.

Really, the one factor I simply didn’t mesh with was the dynamic of the ‘squad’. The ‘friendship’ between the 4 women is paying homage to the friendships in early Gossip Girl years. There are numerous facet feedback and micro-aggressions that stay unchallenged all through the story. Especially with regards to commentary regarding meals consumption, unhealthy weight-reduction plan and sizes in addition to some racist remarks, I’d have wished for them to both be no less than addressed outright by the characters or just acknowledged as mistaken. Really, that jogged my memory of ‘older’ plots and good friend teams in tv and literature that have been dangerous slightly than uplifting, and infrequently challenged. It’s laborious to be sympathetic of the very women that tear one another down with seemingly off-hand feedback. Still, I did get pleasure from flying by means of this graphic novel. If you’re in want of a fast-paced palate cleanser, then this positively is the learn for you this fall.

With beautiful art work, color palettes paying homage to Heathers and Mean Girls, and a fast-paced narrative that makes the pages fly by, Squad is the right learn for followers of revenge tales, unapologetic woman energy, and anybody who ever wished to chew again!

Squad is offered from Amazon, Book Depository, and different good e-book retailers, like your native bookstore, as of October fifth 2021.

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Synopsis | Goodreads

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When Becca transfers to a highschool in an elite San Francisco suburb, she’s anxious she’s not going to slot in. To her shock, she’s instantly adopted by the most well-liked women at school. At first look, Marley, Arianna, and Mandy are excellent. But at a celebration below a full moon, Becca learns that additionally they have a giant secret.

Becca’s new associates are werewolves. Their prey? Slimy boys who reap the benefits of unsuspecting women. Eager to be accepted, Becca permits her associates to show her right into a werewolf, and at last, for the primary time in her life, she appears like she actually belongs.

But issues get difficult when Arianna’s predatory boyfriend is killed, and the cops start looking for a serial killer. As their pack begins to buckle below the stress—and their ethical excessive floor will get muddier and muddier—Becca realizes that she may need emotions for considered one of her new finest associates.

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