Run, Hide, Fight Back

Run, Hide, Fight Back

Six teens must band together to survive after a shooting breaks out.When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has...

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Title:Run, Hide, Fight Back
Author:April Henry
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Run, Hide, Fight Back Reviews

  • Chrissie Morrison

    When a mass shooting breaks out at a Portland mall, the people inside have three choices -- run, hide, or fight back...  And, since there are several shooters armed with semi-automatic weapons, the wrong choice will likely lead to death. When Amina decided to shut herself into the store where she worked, hoping that the metal security gate would provide enough protection, she didn't close herself in alone. There were six teens inside, and they would all have to work together to try and get out a

    When a mass shooting breaks out at a Portland mall, the people inside have three choices -- run, hide, or fight back...  And, since there are several shooters armed with semi-automatic weapons, the wrong choice will likely lead to death. When Amina decided to shut herself into the store where she worked, hoping that the metal security gate would provide enough protection, she didn't close herself in alone. There were six teens inside, and they would all have to work together to try and get out alive.

    It's a diverse group of teens, so I thought of this as kind of like

    written as a thriller.  And, I have to admit...  Although I loved how this story kept me on the edge of my seat, I am not sure I will be able to go into a shopping mall for a while.  (I thought

    was traumatizing at the time, but this is so much more realistic and terrifying.)

    Happy Reading!

  • Amy

    Many thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

    This was one of the best April Henry books I've read. She is always a HUGE draw in my library and many, many of my middle school students blaze through her books. I already know that I will need to order multiple copies of this one to fill the demand. And, this is one that I am happy to do so for because it is WORTH it to have that many on your shelves.

    Many thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

    This was one of the best April Henry books I've read. She is always a HUGE draw in my library and many, many of my middle school students blaze through her books. I already know that I will need to order multiple copies of this one to fill the demand. And, this is one that I am happy to do so for because it is WORTH it to have that many on your shelves.

    follows the story of 6 teens who are trapped in a mall when an active shooter situation unfolds. The mall is taken over by a group of domestic terrorists who are trying to draw attention to their anti-government agenda. They release some, kill many, and hold a large group hostage. Unbeknownst to them though is a group of 5 other teenagers hiding in one of the storefronts. These 5 try to find a way to escape, while also trying to unravel what is happening and why all of this is going on. The action is fast-paced and the characters are believable. Highly recommend.

    This book is a first purchase book for collections where mysteries and thrillers are popular. There is no language issues, and no explicit sexual content, and I would say it is appropriate for grades 7 and up.

  • Sarah

    I thought that this was a really interesting read on a shooting situation, especially in light of the recent shootings in the country. When a shooting takes place in a mall, a group of teens must come together to try and survive. Told in different points of view, this story was one that is worth reading. There were a lot of things to think about when reading this book and it really made the reader think about what/how they would react in this same situation. There were twists and turns in the st

    I thought that this was a really interesting read on a shooting situation, especially in light of the recent shootings in the country. When a shooting takes place in a mall, a group of teens must come together to try and survive. Told in different points of view, this story was one that is worth reading. There were a lot of things to think about when reading this book and it really made the reader think about what/how they would react in this same situation. There were twists and turns in the story and it was a good, action packed read. Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Autumn

    Received from Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review.

    What I loved: Miranda...So typically female characters written as the damsels in distress. This girl...she found her strength and pushed herself through the whole thing. I loved that.

    What I liked: I liked that all the characters were a little imperfect, a little broken. Everyone had something they didn't want others to know.

    What I hated: Can't say I really hated anything.

    Overall: Well written, well researched...while I hate that the su

    Received from Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review.

    What I loved: Miranda...So typically female characters written as the damsels in distress. This girl...she found her strength and pushed herself through the whole thing. I loved that.

    What I liked: I liked that all the characters were a little imperfect, a little broken. Everyone had something they didn't want others to know.

    What I hated: Can't say I really hated anything.

    Overall: Well written, well researched...while I hate that the subject matter has become our new normal, I think this book was great.

  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    I read Run, Hide, Fight Back in one day.  It's a short book and a very quick read.  The book is told in the normal way, but there are also texts, reports, and social media posts.  Definitely check out the mall map and make sure you read the author's note on all the research that went into this book.

    It seems like a normal day at the mall for a group of teens.  They aren't friends.  Some worked at the mall, others were there shopping (or shoplifting).   The focus is on these teens, but there is al

    I read Run, Hide, Fight Back in one day.  It's a short book and a very quick read.  The book is told in the normal way, but there are also texts, reports, and social media posts.  Definitely check out the mall map and make sure you read the author's note on all the research that went into this book.

    It seems like a normal day at the mall for a group of teens.  They aren't friends.  Some worked at the mall, others were there shopping (or shoplifting).   The focus is on these teens, but there is also the major plot.  There are terrorists in the mall and they started shooting at random.

    Amina is working at Culpeppers and decides to close the metal door that closes off the store.  She is able to get a few others in before it gets all the way down.  Grace had just seen her mom shot and killed.  Javier was hit in the leg.  Cole helped get them in. And Miranda got in just in time.  She was trying to get Parker to come in, but he couldn't find his little sister.  The group stuck in Culpeppers are as different as they can be.  Miranda is addicted to Oxycontin.  She was shoplifting to pay for more and was starting to go into withdrawals.  Grace has an illness that is discussed more.  Amina is Muslim and Miranda accused her of being a terrorist.  Javier was undocumented and using a false social security number to work.  Cole was the youngest brother in his family.  His two older brothers were vets.  Cole was racist and was telling the group how his brothers filled him in on all the dangers in our government.  Yes, he was that type of guy.   The one you see writing tons of crazy sounding posts on social media all the time.

    The terrorists end up being white, US citizens.  They were part of a far right group that wanted to change the country.  While they are there taking hostages and killing people, there are also small parts of a massive gold heist going on.  The shooters are wearing suicide vests, so it's almost impossible to fight back.  They have locked the hostages in with no way to get out of the mall.  They send one boy out with flash drives to spread their message.

    The book goes back and forth between areas and characters during this mass shooting.  There were a lot of discussions on how to get out, how to fight back, if they should stay hidden, or what else is there to do.  Somehow, Miranda decides that she needs to make sure her new friend group all gets out together.  But as the first page states, not everyone will make it out alive.

    Warnings:  Hurtful comments towards an immigrant and the Muslim religion.  Serious hate towards possessions and the US government.  Mass shooting.  A lot of blood and death.  Drug addiction.  A serious illness and the distrust of US treatment for it.  Loss of a parent.  Sexual favors for drugs/money. There are probably more.  It's a pretty intense book, but also needed with all the far right extremist crimes and mass shootings we're having in the US.

    I gave this book 4 stars.  Thank you to Macmillan/Henry Holt for sending me a physical arc to review.

  • Kim

    I received this book free of charge and am reviewing it voluntarily.

    I liked the idea of a group of teenagers fighting back against immediate danger, but this book contained very few surprises, and was fairly predictable. I read through to the end because I wanted to see who survived, but again, it was very anticlimactic. Maybe I'm just reading too many YA thrillers and becoming jaded, but I just wasn't terribly impressed. I'm giving three stars because I did read the entire book and there was so

    I received this book free of charge and am reviewing it voluntarily.

    I liked the idea of a group of teenagers fighting back against immediate danger, but this book contained very few surprises, and was fairly predictable. I read through to the end because I wanted to see who survived, but again, it was very anticlimactic. Maybe I'm just reading too many YA thrillers and becoming jaded, but I just wasn't terribly impressed. I'm giving three stars because I did read the entire book and there was some character growth.

  • emma

    name any social issue that crossed the national stage in 2017 and i'll tell you how this book introduced it, discussed it, solved it, and put it away in the span of half a page.

    it's like a tag-yourself thing except for why this book is getting 2.5 stars.

    review to come / thanks to Macmillan for the ARC!

  • Ivy

    Full review:

    Since this book doesn't come out for a while, I hope it will go through some more revisions to tighten up the many parts of the book that felt messy. On the other hand, it was a really interesting book, and the plot was solid. Shootings are one of the biggest topics in America right now, and to explore how one would affect six teenagers is cool. I like most of the characters, but the MC, Miranda, has a confusing and convoluted history. I didn'

    Full review:

    Since this book doesn't come out for a while, I hope it will go through some more revisions to tighten up the many parts of the book that felt messy. On the other hand, it was a really interesting book, and the plot was solid. Shootings are one of the biggest topics in America right now, and to explore how one would affect six teenagers is cool. I like most of the characters, but the MC, Miranda, has a confusing and convoluted history. I didn't really like her, and she seemed only there as an audience surrogate, never really doing anything. There was no happiness in this book, but it's definitely worth reading, even if you have to fight (ha) your way through it.

    For fans of: Realistic Thrillers, Books With Twists, Short But Snappy Books

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  • Emily Morataya

    Run,Hide,Fight Back by April Henry was a pretty good book. It’s about a shooting that started in a mall and a girl named Miranda and others are trying to survive. At the beginning of the shooting no one knew why it has started, but later on in the story you find out why the shooting started. There is still so many things that happen, but if you want to know more, you could read the book for yourself.

  • Angel

    *I got an ARC from Macmillan/Henry Holt in exchange for an honest review*

    Not gonna lie, I'm going between 2 stars and 3 stars because it was good, kind of. Like, I liked it for the most part (I think), I just did not care for quite a few parts of it. If you want to read more specifically what I mean, you can read the rest of my review but it is entirely spoilers sooooo be warned:

    *I got an ARC from Macmillan/Henry Holt in exchange for an honest review*

    Not gonna lie, I'm going between 2 stars and 3 stars because it was good, kind of. Like, I liked it for the most part (I think), I just did not care for quite a few parts of it. If you want to read more specifically what I mean, you can read the rest of my review but it is entirely spoilers sooooo be warned:

    Anyways, regardless of whether or not you read the spoilers or not, please politely let me know what your thoughts are on my review and about the book! Also, if you are posting spoilerly, please make it really clear that you're discussing spoilers and give people an opportunity to not be spoiled such as doing something like

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    Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!

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