Praise forExit, Pursued by aBear
"This story of a cheerleader rising up after a traumatic event will give you Veronica Mars-level feels that will stay with you long after you finish." Seventeen Magazine
"E.K. Johnston's latest gripping novel for young adults . . .is both a well-plotted whodunit and a tightly woven examination of how we as a society respond to and often judge rape victims." The Chicago Tribune
"E.K. Johnston has a seemingly limitless range. This is realistic fiction at its best." The Globe & Mail
"Soberly triumphant." Toronto Star
"Exit, Pursued by a Bearis both a tenderly written, heartfelt coming of age and an incisive, sensitive examination of trauma after an assault. Fresh, memorable, and thought-provoking."
Courtney Summers, author ofAll the Rage
"A unflinching exploration of what it means to be a girl, what it means to be a friend, and what it means to be a survivor. A determined, transformative book that every teen girl should read."
Tess Sharpe, author ofFar From You
Gripping and devastating. Anne Ursu, author ofThe Real Boy.
"Exit, Pursued by a Bearis a must-read. Bracing, intimate, tense, and delightful." Martha Brockenbrough, author ofThe Game of Love and Death.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear is a story about a girl. A cautionary tale about someone who didn't want to be a cautionary tale. An important book for girls. For boys. For adults. For mothers and fathers and daughters and sons and girlfriends and boyfriends. An important book without being an 'Issue Book.' And I loved it. New York Timesbestselling authorJessica Day George
"I WAS NOT WARNED THAT I WOULD CRY THIS MUCH." New York Timesbestselling authorRachel Hartman
"Johnston s clever but never precious update of Shakespeare sThe Winter s Taleis unflinching but not at all graphic in its treatment of sexual violence....Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around." Kirkus Reviews, starred.
"Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesn t focus on victimhood." Booklist, starred.
A beautifully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable, this is a must-buy for high school collections. SLJ, starred.
"While Hermione is a victim, Johnson never portrays her as victimized, instead focusing on how Hermione reasserts control over her life with help from family, friends, and therapy, using her own decisions to push back against something in which she had no such choice." PW, starred.
"The reader is kept engaged, and like Hermione hopeful, even in the darkest moments. [...]Exit, Pursued by a Bearis a story of triumph, not just survival." Quill & Quire, starred.
"Johnston creates a strong female main character that will not be afraid, and refuses to be a cautionary tale or a pariah. SLC, starred
"Exit, Pursued by a Bear is an important new novel comparable with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. VOYA.
"Should a young reader ever need guidance following an assault, she could do much worse than to emulate Hermione Winters." Bookpage, Top Pick
"A raw, powerful story that ll stay with you long after it s over. Buzzfeed
"Crisp, engaging writing, strong characterization and a steady hand distinguish this thought-provoking novel about coping and community." Shelf Awareness
"I have not been so deliciously surprised by a book in a long time." Grace Wright, Parnassus Books