#Review: Tough Girl

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00060]Tough Girl by Libby Heily

Published: January 14th 2013
Paperback: 250 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary
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Source: Received from the author for an honest review
Buy: — Kindle Edition for $3.41





Danger lurks everywhere in eleven year old Reggie’s world—from the bully next door to the unwanted attentions of a creep at school. Raised by her mentally ill mother, Reggie is left to fend for herself in a rough neighborhood. She escapes in daydreams, battling aliens with her alter ego, Tough Girl.
When Reggie’s mother disappears, her fantasy life spirals out of control and starts to invade reality. She is hunted by a creature of her own design, and even Tough Girl is not strong enough to stop him.
Will Reggie survive long enough for her mother to return, or will her dream world take over?
” – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

This is one of the strangest and most exciting books I have read in a long time! Reggie is one fascinating character! Poor and hungry, bullied and mistreated by life and society, she keeps her head up and tries her best. But she has a coping mechanism = Tough Girl. TG helps her by escaping reality and be who she wishes she could be.


This book definitely makes you feel and appreciate your circumstances and you end up feeling really bad for Reggie, and even more connected to her. This story is haunting and it makes you feel for not only for Reggie, but also all the other characters who are stuck in these conditions. There are also the ‘villains’ in this story, whether real or imaginary, who are so well described that they get you worked up without even trying! Even characters who are not supposed to be villains but yet still are in my opinion, are in this book. For example, one character buys her love with food, and even though you know she needs it, you also feel very bad for her.

The imaginary world is absolutely crazy and so imaginative! Even though I prefer to hear from Reggie and not TG, I appreciate the intricacy in which these two stories were woven together!

This isn’t a book for very sensitive readers, but for readers who don’t mind a different take on struggle and what it is like to be truly alone in life. There are quite a few twists in the story and by the end it all makes perfect sense, so I don’t want to spoil anything. Definitely give this book a read when you need something a little different from the normal!


This got a 8/10 from me.