by Emma Kress
Narrated by Rachel Jacobs
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Pub Date 03 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 03 Aug 2021
A fierce team of girls takes back the night in this propulsive, electrifying, and high-stakes YA debut from Emma Kress
Zoe Alamandar has one goal: win the State Field Hockey Championships and earn a scholarship that will get her the hell out of Central New York. She and her co-captain Ava Cervantes have assembled a fierce team of dedicated girls who will work hard and play by the rules.
But after Zoe is sexually assaulted at a party, she finds a new goal: make sure no girl feels unsafe again. Zoe and her teammates decide to stop playing by the rules and take justice into their own hands. Soon, their suburban town has a team of superheroes meting out punishments, but one night of vigilantism may cost Zoe her team, the championship, her scholarship, and her future.
Perfect for fans who loved the female friendships of Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie and the bite of Courtney Summer’s Sadie.
"[A] contemporary feminist debut. . . . A timely and absorbing character study of a sexual assault survivor." ―Kikus Reviews
"[Kress] renders Zoe’s trauma unflinchingly and compassionately, making this a worthwhile look at sexism and the healing power of speaking out―as well as a passionate love letter to an underappreciated sport." ―Publishers Weekly
“Kress’s fierce characters show that, together, girls can be something bigger. Their story shows how loyalty, dedication, and an occasional bent rule can make the world a better place.” ―Adrienne Kisner, author of Six Angry Girls and Dear Rachel Maddow
“Vibrant, daring, and deep, Dangerous Play is both a thrilling ride and a profound exploration of female friendship, rape culture, and the difficulty of doing the right thing in a world built on wrongs. An unflinching and empowering debut.” ―Corey Ann Haydu, author of Ever Cursed
"I want to put this book in the hands of every teenager I know. For anyone - especially any girl - who needs to find the power that comes from speaking up and speaking out, this gorgeous debut is a game-changer." ―Rachel Person, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs
|DURATION||9 Hours, 39 Minutes, 57 Seconds|
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Average rating from 29 members
This was a strong and powerful read about badass field hockey girls learning parkour to carry out their vigilantism against the teen boys who sexually assault them and their friends. Hard to listen to at times, and it infuriated me hearing what these girls go through and how they are brushed off and ignored. Very well written and read, a great new book.
This book was deep! And a beautiful read about strong women and the problems in our society! A must read for every person on this planet! Thank you publisher and Netgalley for a copy!
Wow!! Honestly, this was an impulse ARC request I made and I 110% loved it! This book is super empowering YA lit with some heavy themes of sexual harassment, assault, and rape, set among a high school girls’ field hockey team. I loved the characters. I loved the messages. I loved the bits of humor and romance that were weaved throughout. I found the characters to be very relatable I was really invested in their stories. This book has a lot of heart. Thank you NetGalley, author and publisher for the arc in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.