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Mindy McGinnis

Author of The Female of the Species

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Works by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species (2016) 836 copies
Not a Drop to Drink (2013) 663 copies
A Madness So Discreet (2015) 553 copies
Heroine (2019) 289 copies
Given to the Sea (2017) 250 copies
Be Not Far From Me (2020) 247 copies
The Initial Insult (2021) 238 copies
In a Handful of Dust (2014) 204 copies
This Darkness Mine (2017) 194 copies
The Last Laugh (2022) 82 copies
A Long Stretch of Bad Days (2023) 79 copies
Given to the Earth (2018) 63 copies
Under This Red Rock (2024) 2 copies
Loucura Discreta, Uma (2016) 1 copy

Associated Works

Among the Shadows: 13 Stories of Darkness and Light (2015) — Contributor — 31 copies
Welcome Home: An Anthology on Love and Adoption (2017) — Contributor — 25 copies
Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy (2019) — Editor, some editions — 9 copies
Spring Fevers (2012) — Contributor — 7 copies


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Places of residence
Ohio, USA



Mindy McGinnis is a skilled author who excels in creating stories that are relevant and impactful, evoking strong emotions in readers. Her latest book, UNDER THIS RED ROCK, showcases her exceptional talent to an even greater degree. The protagonist, Neely, has a challenging story to tell, and I advise readers to take note of the trigger warnings provided at the start of the novel.

In UNDER THIS RED ROCK, we get a glimpse into Neely's world, complete with her hallucinations. We witness her struggle to navigate her life while keeping up the facade of being mentally stable and ordinary. Initially, Neely's crush on a coworker and her belief that her demons can't follow her into the cave system where she works as a tour guide enables her to successfully keep up the charade. It's especially satisfying to see her find happiness, given the traumatic experiences she's had to endure during her childhood.

However, UNDER THIS RED ROCK could not be a novel by Ms. McGinnis unless her characters were forced to confront their demons in whatever form they took. Neely's descent into darkness is particularly agonizing since we know that she deserves happiness after the traumas of her childhood. As Neely's story hurtles toward an edge-of-your-seat conclusion, all we can do is hope that she will find closure and a small measure of the peace she so rightly deserves.

What makes UNDER THIS RED ROCK a brutal read is the realization that Neely is the ultimate victim. Her mental health issues directly correlate to the events of her past. Yet, through poverty, a lack of decent health insurance, and familial pressures, she does not obtain the help she needs. UNDER THIS RED ROCK is a tragic story, made more so by the fact that it highlights all the faults of our society.

UNDER THIS RED ROCK is another stellar novel by Ms. McGinnis. As always, her subject matter is timely, making her story pertinent to the ongoing societal discussion of mental health stigmas and the lack of adequate care for those suffering from mental health issues. Neely is a haunting character, not just because of her fragility but also because of her desperation to be "normal." UNDER THIS RED ROCK may be an emotionally difficult book to read, but it is worth the effort.
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jmchshannon | Feb 20, 2024 |
3.75 stars

There is not much water left in the world. 16-year old Lynn lives with her mother in a rural area and they have been able to protect their source of water. Lynn has been very sheltered during her life and has never really known much about the real world or any other people, but she does know they have a neighbour her mother has helped a little bit. Just before her mother decides it’s time for them to leave, she is killed. Now, Lynn is on her own. Lynn has been taught how to protect their home and pond, but she and her mother knew there were people not far away, based on the smoke from their fire.

I listened to the audio and it took a little bit before I was fully paying attention, but it got better and better as the story moved along, I thought. I actually didn’t like Lynn much at first, but she learned and changed.
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LibraryCin | 57 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
Full review and more here!

New anti-drug campaign from this book: "Don't do drugs if you still want to love puppies."

Recommended: Maybe, for certain people/reasons
For people who have no sympathy for addicts, for people who blame the addict for their addiction, for people who might be starting that slide into addiction themselves and need a non-threatening dose of reality

The subject matter makes this an obviously compelling read. The first chapter sets you up to know how bad things get, and the following can be hard to read since you know the inevitable that will happen. Similar to the way it felt reading [b:A Girl Like That|29451548|A Girl Like That|Tanaz Bhathena|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1493218503i/29451548._SY75_.jpg|49725568] actually, except this one didn't really resonate with me as much.

I'll be honest, the reason I didn't get as much behind our MC as usual is probably because I could not relate to her AT ALL. I hate that her name is Mickey, and for a trivial thing, that just irked me every time I had to read it. I have no interest in or knowledge of softball, and competitive sports don't pull me in so much. And for whatever other reasons, I just didn't like her much.

That said, the depiction of drug use here is so realistic, primarily in the thoughts and mentality that can allow someone to get deeper and deeper without realizing it's a problem until something drastic happens. The "It's a prescription" defense, the "it's not like I'm doing [some drug that's more hardcore than theirs] so it's not that bad" reasoning... it's painful to watch.

Still... for me this book won't stick with me, I think. Besides the clever name and cover. I'd probably have it in my classroom because it's a good resource for kids taking on more than they can handle. Oh also, it was really gross at some points. Heads up on that.
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Jenniferforjoy | 16 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
WOW! This book was like no book I have ever read before in a good way. It was about a young girl, Mickey, who became addicted to drugs after a car accident. The story is written through Mickey's perspective where she explains her thoughts and feelings about life and the decisions she is making. At the beginning of the book, she is sober and just taking the medication that was prescribed by her doctor, but as the book progresses she keeps defending why she is taking and using the drugs. The change in mindset over her life choices is quite powerful. It really gave me a different perspective of drug addiction and drug use, which is prevalent in our society today. It would be a great conversation starter for high school students. I would not suggest this book for students below 9th grade.
This book is a heavy topic, but written in a very readable and relatable way. Mickey and the other characters in the book are very likable and as the reader you want to root for them. You want Mickey to make different choices than she is making, but can also understand why she thinks she has to do what she is doing. It also speaks to the many pressures that are placed on the youth of the world today.
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Booksonthehammock | 16 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |



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