An American Werewolf in Piedmont: Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle

Release Date: October 5, 2021
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics

Description

When Becca transfers to a high school in an elite San Francisco suburb, she’s worried she’s not going to fit in. To her surprise, she’s immediately adopted by the most popular girls in school. At first glance, Marley, Arianna, and Mandy are perfect. But at a party under a full moon, Becca learns that they also have a big secret.

Becca’s new friends are werewolves. Their prey? Slimy boys who take advantage of unsuspecting girls. Eager to be accepted, Becca allows her friends to turn her into a werewolf, and finally, for the first time in her life, she feels like she truly belongs.

But then things get complicated. As their pack begins to buckle under the pressure, their moral high ground gets muddier and muddier–and Becca realizes that she might have feelings for one of her new best friends.

My Thoughts

First things first: this is not a story about good girls gone bad. There is no redemption arc or hero’s journey. Squad is populated by morally gray characters who make choices – good, bad, and otherwise – that they’ll have to live with for what’s left of the rest of their lives. Becca wants to be the kind of person who can stare down a sneering man and say, in a voice deep with confidence and attitude, “We are the weirdos, mister.” Because she doesn’t know how to do that on her own, she attaches herself to girls who do. Bravery by proxy, as it were. But power doesn’t change a person, it just makes them more of what they already are. It takes her a while, but eventually the layers of blood and bad-assery wear off and the truth of what her girl gang is doing shines through…

Read the rest of this review at Tor.com.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

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