Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig | Review

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You don’t mess with Atlanta Burns.

Everyone knows that. And that’s kinda how she likes it—until the day Atlanta is drawn into a battle against two groups of bullies and saves a pair of new, unexpected friends. But actions have consequences, and when another teen turns up dead—by an apparent suicide—Atlanta knows foul play is involved. And worse: she knows it’s her fault. You go poking rattlesnakes, maybe you get a bit.

Afraid of stirring up the snakes further by investigating, Atlanta turns her focus to the killing of a neighborhood dog. All paths lead to a rural dogfighting ring, and once more Atlanta finds herself face-to-face with bullies of the worst sort. Atlanta cannot abide by letting bad men do awful things to those who don’t deserve it. So she sets out to unleash her own brand of teenage justice.

Will Atlanta triumph? Or is fighting back just asking for a face full of bad news?

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and violence.

Revised edition: Previously published as two volumes, Shotgun Gravy and Bait Dog, this combined edition includes editorial revisions.

I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book was different than most Young Adult novels I have read, in fact, it could be a blurry line to say this is a young adult with strong content. I don’t think I would have chosen this book off the shelf, but I’m glad I had an opportunity to read it.

Atlanta Burns is one tough chick. The characters are raw and gritty, the story is captivating, and who doesn’t love a female vigilante. This book was a lot to take in, but I found the plot to move along nicely. 

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