This book was absolutely awful and I’m so disappointed because I love McGinnis’ other books. The ones I have read, anyway. I don’t have much to say about The Initial Insult other than I found the characters very difficult to get along with and the plot itself was dull. Nothing about it appealed to me, really, so I kind of just chugged through it and was glad when it ended. Is this because I haven’t read any Poe? Maybe. But I bet most teenagers haven’t, so really this should have been more accessible if that were the case.