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Girls Like Me

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,130 ratings  ·  266 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl bully in school.  When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn't want to tell him who she is.   But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake’s love p ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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The cover is the best part of the book.

Shay Summers is 15, her dad died a year ago, she hates her stepmother, and she's fat. She's best friends with a gay boy and a girl who has a tumor that will kill her. That's what we know about her. It's ALL we get to know about her. Yet, the story hinges on the fact she's hated at school by a girl named Kelly (of course) who chooses to hate her apparent reason. We get no backstory on Shay nor on Kelly nor on what looks like a whole school that lik
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, but I decided to round up because I finished it (it's a quick read btw, took me an hour)

first of all
poetry isnt just about
adding line breaks
to every sentence

Honestly, this book could've been better if they didn't make it a "poetic" take on teen angst. I had so much trouble distinguishing who was speaking and who was being talked about. It just switched between Dash and Boots and Shay and back again with very little warning. I hope the book was more clear. The book is moderat
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The cover's
plot sounds
characters are easy
to like/relate to.
that use of

This would have been way, way better in prose. A lot of parts were too cheesy and seemed a little too trying hard. Still, I give it two stars for ~diversity (which should already be a given at this point in time), secret relationships, teen angst, family drama.

Here are some excerpts:
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Dayna ✨
Jun 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is actually really impressive because instead of choosing just one overused YA cliche, Lola St.Vil chose to use all of them.

(1) The token gay friend with the disappointed father who doesn't understand homosexuality cliche.

(2) The edgy girl with cancer who doesn't want to die a virgin cliche.

(3) The dead parent / evil stepmother cliche.

(4) The girl who doesn't think she's beautiful until a guy tells her she is cliche.

(5) The hottest guy in school falls for random unpopular girl cliche

It's rare that I give books a one-star rating based on how boring they were. The fact that I found this book completely boring was only half the problem.

The other half was the writing style.

Now, don't get me wrong, I've read books with writing styles like this before and liked them just fine. A lot of Ellen Hopkins's books, as well as Sold come to mind. I didn't look at this book, see the writing, and immediately go "Nah, it sucks."

But the way this style of writing was utilized was just.
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

This was confusing to follow and I REALLY didn't like the romance.
Valeria Navarro (Valesbookshelf)
In love with that ending!
As soon as I finished the last word i was like
"Okay, when can I see the movie?" This is a must read for teens that have ever gone through bullying of any sorts
Fabulous Book Fiend
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of this book before, but it was featured in my library and I saw that it was written in a mixture of verse, emails and text messages and so I was intrigued. I'll also admit that the cover drew me in too, i really love that cover. I like the simplicity and I like the fact that we have shay texting right there on the cover, letting the reader know the kind of thing they are in for.

Because this book is written in verse and texts, it is obviously a very quick read. This is a, sit
Kamryn Koble
Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
As I was leaving the library, this YA novel in verse immediately caught my eye. I flipped through it, it seemed interesting, I ended up reading it in one evening. What? How? /Why?/

Fat Girl Shay's entire existence hinges on Mean and Popular Kelly's unexplained hatred of her. With her loyal side kicks Gay With Homophobic Family Dash and Teen Dying of Cancer Boots, she tries to brave school. Catching glimpses of Hot God Blake is all she lives for, besides hating her Evil Yoga and Skinless Chicken S
Vicky Marie
Nov 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: verse, ya
A cliche story that adds nothing new to the fat-girl-and-popular-boy-fall-in-love tale. There's literally nothing else to it. Bullied, overweight girl falls in love with the cute, popular boy. That's all, folks! Yeah it tries to add depth with the loss of her father and her best friend's cancer, but those plot lines seem so insignificant compared to the general woe-is-me feeling encompassing the novel.

I get it. It's rough being a big girl, and I mean rough. Not two years ago I used to be 230 po
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Very cliche and predictable, however, I'm still smiling. ;))) ...more
Darlene I read WAY to many books
34% DNF!!!

I have never EVERRRRRR been so disappointed in a book... in YA... been awhile... i had this on my self for awhile.. never read the reviews... so i finally got to it... AND IM SO SAD!!!

Now the blurb was what made me wanna read this a chubby 15 year old girl struggling with the death of her father, "evil" step mom and mean girls at school.. plus a anonymous crush!! I was down!! Plus the coverrr!! LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS!! I was sooo excited!

Then it weeennnnttt down hill when i read

Page on
J.T.  Yorke
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Zero stars! WTF?!

It's written in verse, very very bad verse. Long sentences broken up pointlessly. There are a few text message portions and I found those easier and more straightforward to read.

This seemed like it would be an uplifting book for girls about body image, self esteem, identity, etc. NOPE. This is the standard 'find a man to validate you' type of book. Which is fine, whatever, not every book has to be empowering I guess (smh). But this book is just feeding girls LIES about relatio
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Written in a gorgeous poem style which is growing in popularity in the YA fiction genre, this is the saga of Shay Summers; the "pretty-faced fat girl who reads, writes and thinks too much." Living with her step-mom after the death of her father, Shay and her two friends, Dash and Boots, take on the troubles of high school, families, and romance while fat or gay or dying. It is touching, funny, beautiful, diverse and powerfully enjoyable. It is like a lovely mashup of Eleanor & Park with The Faul ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Don't always like novels in verse, but this book felt nearly perfect to me. ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: diversity
Every single trope in this story is gross.
Claude's Bookzone
Jul 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Sarah Hanine
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I really liked this book. I loved how the author used poems to Express the protagonists motivations and support. I would suggest this book for those that enjoy reading a love story that takes place during high school and it is present day conversations.
Raney Simmon
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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This book was such a delight for me to read. It was quirky, had a diverse set of characters and the writing style was different from any of the young adult literature I’ve been reading recently. I enjoyed it a whole lot more than I thought I would and was sad when it ended. However, there were some things in the book that were a complete cliché that made the book a little less enjoyable for me t
Andrea Trenary
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This was super cute.
Though I will say at certain parts I found the way it was written hard to follow but I still thought it was cute.
Daline Sousa
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Life isn't always what you expect it to be. Sometimes it's worse. Other times it's better. In this book Shay goes though many tough times. Her dad passed away and she gets bullied. Shay is insecure over her body because she's on the heavier side. She is kind and humorous but many people judge before they know.

When she meets a guy over social media and get to know each other, they really start to hit it off. He wants to meet with her and she wants to meet with him, but since she doesn't have much
Maxine Livingstone
Told in a verse like form of poetry this book deals with body issues, LGBTQ, love, death, divorce and dying.

We have the main protagonist Shay who is a big girl as you can see on the cover of the book. She happens to fall in love with a boy at school who is popular and is nick named a prince or something by the entire student body. Shay is very insecure of the way she looks. This is due to the bullying that she has to go through on daily basis. Not only is she dealing with how she looks and bully
A quick read. At times a difficult read - because there's so much raw feeling/emotion, and hard topics. Like, this covers the gamut, y'all: parental death; step-drama; terminal illness of BFF; the other BFF struggling with nonacceptance from parental units; intense (evil) bullying; the whole virtual-vs-reality romance thing ... it's all here. And it's real. And I think the verse format really brings something to it - makes you look at it differently, closer maybe, than if you were reading a pros ...more
Bethany Parker
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can say with certainty that this is not middle school appropriate, but it definitely does a fantastic job of illustrating the inner workings of a teenage girl's mind. I appreciate how realistic the characters are, for the most part, although the typical "popular girl" trope is a little overused. I would've loved to see the "mean girl" with even a fraction of the character development that the two main characters had. All in all, it was a cute, quick read about falling in love over text and fal ...more
Cait S
May 08, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
I think this is the first time I have ever DNF'd a novel written in verse. The writing here felt so stilted and awkward, like random words were left out of sentences. I kept re-reading bits and doing the "I don't fucking get it" head tilt. I'm sure this will work for some, but it didn't work for me. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. Fun format. Some parts authentic (felt like I was back in high school)-other parts a little too cool to be true. Author’s use of language is bold. A few unfinished/unresolved issues with characters, but perhaps they need not be. Overall engrossing read, and reminder of how wonderful it is to no longer be a teenager.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel-in-verse
Very much a teen romance book, predictable but with smart choices and use of the novel in verse style.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! Every word, every verse, every character, everything is so meaningful and beautiful. So LOVE it!
Signe Hansen
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yeah, so it's super predictable but it's also super sweet. And honestly, that's more important to me, so... ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
The main character is extremely problematic, non of her important issues get resolved by the books end. She looks down on girls who like make up and nice clothes like shes somehow better than them because she's "different" and likes to read. Also the online love interest feels like it will get girls to follow after an online predator. ...more
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“She thought I was being mean
I was
That's what happens when half of you
is underground”
“Are you ok? they'll say.
Tomorrow is one-year anniversary
Of my dad's death, and since he's still
Dead, I am not okay.”
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