Review: The Scapegracers

Title: The Scapegracers
Author: Hannah Abigail Clarke
Release date: September 15th, 2020
Rating: ⭐️⭐️


An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process.

Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends.

Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated?

Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.


Character driven stories are a hit or miss for me. While I can appreciate many elements about this book and can see how others may love it, it didn’t quite work for me. The writing is where this book lost me, and not having enough plot to continually pull me into the story. While the characters were ruthless and I wanted to love them, it just didn’t work for me.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this book isn’t good though. If you’re looking for a character-driven book heavy on description that follows a coven of ruthless teen witches (including lesbian & bi rep), this could be perfect for you. It definitely has some great spooky vibes if you’re looking for that. This is one I’m really sad I didn’t like, but I’m excited for it to fall into the hands of readers who’ll love it.

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