Author: Hannah Abigail Clarke
Published: September 15, 2020
Series: Scapegracers #1
<i>Thank you so much to Erewhon Books for providing an advance reading copy of Clarke’s The Scapegracers in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.</i>
Eloise Pike, or better known Sideways Pike (because she’s not straight. I swear I snorted so loud when I read that), is a witch. Everyone knows. She’s a weirdo, a loner. Mean Girls Jing, Daisy and Yates–I mean, the ‘triumvirate’ clique of West High invites Sideways to throw them a few tricks. Sideways’s trick goes haywire that leads her in finding a spot among the three hosts as they fight against evil.
The moment I read the first chapter, I knew this was going to be lit. Gays, high school, witches, drama? Count me in! The Scapegracers is like Heathers if only the three Heathers were witches, Veronica is into magic and hot girls, JD is a pretty lesbian-soul-sucking teen (I mean he definitely was a soul sucking teen) and no one dies from suicide and Veronica doesn’t kill JD. Oh, and by the way, Veronica here definitely wears the red scrunchie (or robe, that is. You know, witch things).
What I really loved about this book is the voice of Sideways. Some people might get annoyed with it but damn that’s how a teenager in highschool belonging to the bottom of highschool’s low hierarchy-loner would sound like! The anxiety, the yearning to fit in, the thoughts that you wouldn’t dare get out of your mouth, or your soul (cough cough), the inner confidence despite the lack of it outside. I relate to her a lot, and I like to think I’m a teenager still. The voices of Jing, Daisy and Yates were also wonderfully done. It’s been so long since I read a book with such distinct and consistent voices.
Another thing I loved about this novel is how you can’t easily trust anyone. They’re all different from who they really are. The three mean girls in this story are so far from being the mean girls they are supposed to be. They have a friendship that is rock solid. They stick for one another. What hurts one hurts all. It’s a friendship that we all yearn and deserve to have. Women sticking with one another; women protecting one another. They are each powerful on their own right, but together, they are unbeatable.
I really enjoyed reading this. As this is set in high school, of course there are cliché tropes but nothing like the usual tropes. I could list them all here but this would be too long. It is also why I loved this book so much. Definitely a recommended read! I’ll be looking forward to the second book. The end got me both frustrated, mad and melting in sweetness. I’m expecting a badass revenge unleashing Daisy’s all glory and nastiness.