Punch Like A Girl

Punch Like A Girl

eBook - 2015
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Nobody understands why Tori has suddenly become so moody and violent. When she attacks a stranger in a store, she ends up doing community service at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. She bonds with a little girl named Casey, but when Casey is abducted while in Tori's care, Tori is racked with guilt, certain that she should have been able to prevent the abduction. During the search for Casey, Tori comes face to face with an ex-boyfriend who sexually assaulted her at a party. Only when she speaks out about the assault is she able to begin to heal.
Publisher: [United States] : Orca Book Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2015
ISBN: 9781459808300
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Call Number: eBook


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Jun 24, 2016

this was a really interesting book

Apr 28, 2016

Another good book by Karen Krossing . Really enjoyed the flow of the book and how she made the characters believable . The interaction at the Shelter with the little girl and the people who worked there was quite well done . Overall a very good story and would recommend this book .

Nov 06, 2015

Touching book about how abuse affects someone deeply bringing both bad (loss of trust) and good (a better sense of people and more compassion).

The symbolism reflects that Tori could have veered off her path but was able to keep on keeping on with her own strength and the loving arms of her friends (in one case a very small one).

Aug 05, 2015

Punch Like a Girl by Karen Krossing was a big surprise to me! From the title of the book and the description, I was looking forward to reading a book about third wave feminism and gender stereotypes. Although, that was not what the book was solely about, it did not disappoint me at all. Empowering females and finding your strength played a huge part in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The novel, Punch Like a Girl holds a teenage girl Tori, who shaves her head after breaking up with her abusive and controlling boyfriend, Matt. She refuses to tell her friends and family about why her relationship ended, and instead takes her anger out physically on numerous people who cross her, which makes her family and friends worried. After punching a man at the mall, Tori is required to do 175 hours of community service at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Some of the many themes Punch Like a Girl displayed were domestic violence, sexual abuse, and gender roles, which could be triggering to many people
Punch Like a Girl was such an interesting read, and inspired me in many ways. The main character, Tori, did a great job at destroying the gender roles placed upon her. She shaved her head completely, which surprised her whole family, and learned how to fight. Her skills in self-defence helped and protected her numerous times. Whenever someone Tori cared for was in trouble, and when she had to protect herself in unfortunate circumstances, she tried her hardest to stand up for herself and other people. Tori was truly motivating and the story will definitely motivate readers to start to stand up for themselves, no matter how many people say you should back down. Punch Like a Girl shows readers how to be strong in the most non-cheesy way possible.
This book was really amazing and should be read by everyone, especially young girls who are told by society that they need to be small and quiet. Many young girls feel this way, and need to be encouraged to do something big in this world. .
I am looking forward to reading Karen Krossing’s other novels!


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Apr 12, 2015

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Jun 30, 2016

A girl named Tori wants to look tough so she cut her hair and now she is bold.


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Jun 24, 2016

“It’s not the girl in the fight; it’s the fight in the girl.”


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