Rating 4/5 – The Girl Who Could Move Shit with Her Mind by Jackson Ford is one of the best books I’ve read this year with one of the best beginnings I’ve read in a very long time. Two government agents crash through a window, no rope, on a high floor and plummeting down with the speed of gravity. Through this was are introduced to Teagan Frost, the world only telekinetic – at least she thinks so. The government wants to study her but she avoids becoming an alien autopsy by working for them. They use her abilities to get to places most ordinary humans can’t get to. She wants to be normal, like life, have friends, and party. But that’s impossible. Then at the scene of her last job a body turns up. The body is killed In a way that it seems only Teagan can pull off. The side effect of being the only telekinetic is everyone is nervous around her. Nervous co-workers are one thing. A nervous government spy agency is another. So the government spy agency does what all spy agencies in all novels do; put a kill order on Teagan. There begins an action-packed story filled with twists and turns and plenty of surprises. This book is fast-paced, funny, and has some interesting characters.
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind – Ready Set Action
The Girl who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind has one setting, 100mph. I’m not kidding about how fast-paced this one got. We’re given a tight ticking clock and Teagan’s life gets absolutely insane as the story unfolds itself. There is a part of this that was a little forced. The whole “romance” thing just didn’t feel like we needed it. I don’t have a problem with romance in some cases but sometimes you just want your hero to do the thing, beat the “bad guy” and move on. I don’t me you have to be all James Bond slutty about it but it felt like a romance had to be added because the author felt like it had to happen. There’d be this Die Hard level action sequence, you’re pumped for a twist reveal more of exactly what’s going on, but let’s stop for a second because Teagan has a potential boyfriend. (Okay, it really wasn’t THAT bad, but it sure as hell felt that way.) It does not completely take away from watch Teagan move through The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind, especially when you get to the twists. Let’s talk about the twists.
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind – More than Meets the Eye
It almost impossible to talk about the twist in The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind without spoiling everything, but I’m going to try. So forgive the vague, it’s an unfortunate byproduct. IMO, there are two types of twists you get from action-adventure. The first is the twist that reveals more about the character, something they have to live with or defines their actions in the story. (A sad reality is that too many writers think women heroes have to have sexual assault twists because imagination in misogyny tends to be limited. Note: No, Teagan does not have that background, thank Ra.) The other kind is the dreaded plot-twist. All action books need plot twists and they have to be really good to get you to the last page. There are a few twists in The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind. Some are logical. The character lives with a certain conceit then it’s pulled out from her. (Sort of a “Well, if they’re superheroes, why do you think vampires are impossible?” sort of thing.) The character twists are great, but the major plot twist, I think if you’re a face of this genre you’ll totally love where things go. Especially the hints of what could be.
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind – White Men and Their Stereotype
My only problem with the characters was the one of color and her “survived the hood and drugs” stereotype. I grew up in “the hood.” (Brownville and Flatbush baby.) Most of my friends were in “the hood.” Do you know what we had more of than drugs and gangs? Working-class families. There were areas of trouble, (like any neighborhood, black, white, or Asian, but for the most part we had lawyers, doctors, teachers, salespeople, business owners. Not every character of color has got to come from a tough background of drugs and violence. I find that shit personally annoying. It’s being influenced by rap songs and not reality. And we people of color can always tell.
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind is my introduction to Jackson Ford and this writer has a new fan. He’s got a great handle on the plot, give us interesting characters, and stays within the rules of the world he builds in. The world-building is done through the action, and the action is John Wick fun. I hope this is a series because I want to see more from this world and these characters. I highly recommend The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind be part of your required reading.