Thelma and Louise gets remade in this powerful, darkly funny teen novel from acclaimed authors Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry. Two teenage girls who have had enough of the controlling men in their lives take their rage on the road to make a new life for themselves.
Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.
Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and a lifetime of barely getting by.
One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. One hour later, they’re armed with a plan that will take them from their small Michigan town to Chicago.
All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible can’t hurt.
Chased by the oppression, toxicity, and powerlessness that has held them down, Winona and Lucille must reclaim their strength if they are going to make their daring escape—and get away with it.
Crime does pay in the latest novel by Cavallaro (the Charlotte Holmes series) and Henry (The Love That Split the World), inspired by Thelma and Louise. In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Winona is the seemingly perfect daughter of weatherman/local philanthropist Stormy Olsen, who is beloved in public but secretly abusive. Lucille's childhood has been cut short by having to help her single mother make ends meet and dealing with her menacing, drug-dealing older brother. After the girls meet outside a police station one night, they establish a sustaining friendship. When Winona learns that her mother, once presumed dead, is alive and living in Las Vegas, she fears more abuse from her father. The two high school seniors steal cash and a car, then embark on a journey that involves more theft, illegal gambling, a drug-dealing scam, and a feigned kidnapping. Though some readers may have trouble suspending disbelief as the teens' capers grow increasingly outlandish, the celebration of young women's autonomy taken from men and fueled by rage is enjoyable, and fans of nonstop action will enjoy the collaborative novel's unrelenting pace. Ages 14 up.