Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on March 15th 2016
Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston’s latest brave and unforgettable heroine.
Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.
In every class, there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story and she's not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.
If there is a friendship book out there that deserves recognition, it’s Exit, Pursued by a Bear. The things that happen in this book are just horrible and really hard to read about, but it happens in real life and although the things that Hermione goes through are horrible, it was nice to see that she had so much support behind her. A lot of girls aren’t that lucky.
Like I said above, Hermione and her group of friends have such a wonderful relationship and it really is so amazing to see them be there for each other in time of need. Polly really impressed me, she’s Hermione’s best friend, I really loved how she was there for Hermione through every step and the fact that she took up for her best friend, no matter what. She even put stuff that was going on with her on the back burner because of what Hermione was going through and that is something that I admired so much.
With all of that being said, this book is not for the faint of heart. It deals with some very tough subjects that some people may not be able to handle. But, it is all handled very well and written with such thought, compassion and empathy. The author really done a wonderful job with that aspect of this book and her writing made you sympathize with the characters and what they were dealing with. You really felt every emotion, including rage, sadness and the need for justice.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear is a book that a lot of people are talking about, with good reason. This is a book that I’d recommend to everyone.