A multi layered young adult book about a vigilante 12 year, which you won’t want to stop reading.
Gaby isn’t coping well with the difficulties in her life. She misses her dead father, resents the responsibilities thrust on her by her mother, and hates the criminal neighborhood they’ve moved into. So she does what any preteen girl would do. She decides to clean up the neighborhood herself, one gun toting drug dealer at a time.
What follows next is the origin story of Ninja Girl, a meta discussion of the nature of superheroes within the novel, and the cold hard reality of children trying to fight crime.
Throughout, Gaby is an unreliable narrator of sorts; seemingly unaware of the consequences of her actions, and forgoing any self examination of her motivations. However, Moore is well aware of both of these things, and makes sure that the breadcrumbs are all in place for the reader to pick up.
At times darkly humorous, at times heartbreaking, but always compelling, this was a book I read straight through in one setting.
This is the first book I’ve read by the author, and at first I struggled a little to get over the idea of a normal 12 year old fighting crime. However, I soon realized that I was in safe hands with Moore. She suitably handles the complexities of this tale with apparent simplicity. I look forward to reading more from this author.
I award Lake City Way Ninja Girl…
Lake City Way Ninja Girl is available for $7.53 ebook and $19.95 print book on Amazon.