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Just Another Girl

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  756 ratings  ·  165 reviews
You resent her. You can't stand her. You might even hate her.

But you don't know her at all.

Hope knows there's only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the perfect boy . . . because that's how the universe works, even though it's so completely wrong.

Parker doesn't fee
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Scholastic
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Elizabeth Eulberg Sorry for the delay, I don't usually look at my book pages (as reviews can be scary), but to answer your question: no. We purposely are vague about Pa…moreSorry for the delay, I don't usually look at my book pages (as reviews can be scary), but to answer your question: no. We purposely are vague about Parker and her life because it'll make for a better reading experience. Hope this helps!(less)
Jenna It should be fine. One of the main characters has a rough home life but there's nothing inappropriate for that age group. …moreIt should be fine. One of the main characters has a rough home life but there's nothing inappropriate for that age group. (less)
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jv poore
A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption that is deliberately over-engineered so that it performs a basic function in a completely unnecessarily convoluted, chain-reaction, kind of way. Not unlike typical teenage girls making relationships exponentially more difficult by playing games and employing tricks instead of just kicking off a clever conversation. Differing from teenage dating, however; there are actual Rube Goldberg competitions. In Just Another Girl, Hope and Brady are part of their hi ...more
Liza Wiemer
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just Another Girl is an intense realistic contemporary novel filled with friendship, unrequited love, deep pain, self-sacrifice, misunderstandings, secrets, tremendous compassion, family dynamics and RUBE GOLDBERG inventions, all sprinkled with Elizabeth Eulberg's wonderful sense of humor. A fast, easy read perfect for all, but especially reluctant readers.

What I love about this novel:
1. Two best friends—Hope and Brady. Hope has been crushing on Brady forever. The portrayal of this relationship
Elle (ellexamines)
2.5 stars. This is a book written for one purpose: subverting the bitch girlfriend trope.

And it worked fine, I guess. Slutshaming was overturned. I empathized with Parker's character and felt that I was inside her head to some degree.

HOWEVER. Not all girlfriends-in-the-way are going to be abuse victims, they just deserve to not be hated anyway. This was definitely not intentional, but the message comes off as “sometimes the other woman will have more going on under the surface” rather than “an
Mary H
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love Elizabeth Eulberg. I really really do. She and her writing are both witty and full of life. Elizabeth has teen characters on lock, and she knows how to bring a story to life. And that's why I found Just Another Girl so disappointing. I have been DREAMING about this story for years. When I was in college, I attempted to write this story in my creative writing class because I wanted it so badly. When I found out Elizabeth was writing it, I jumped for joy because SURELY one of my favorite au ...more
I requested this on a whim. I loved the cover {which is perfect for the story} and was mildly intrigued by the cover.

I went into it and almost immediately started to struggle with Hope. She's got so many amazing things going for her and she can't see anything past Brady and her hatred for Parker. When we finally get Parker's POV, we learn the secret and it made me loathe Hope even more. There are some other great characters {I especially loved Madelyn and Hope's mom}, but I'll let you find them
Kelly Gunderman
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

This book had so many promising points that it completely fulfilled - a feud between two girls for the same boy, learning to understand others who may be dealing with more than you could ever know, and Rube Goldberg machines.

Yes, that was a major part of this book that made me incredibly excited to read it. As someone who has spent countless hours over the years watching videos of Ru
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book really focuses on the power of judging others and perspective. I loved how the characters developed. It was a fun yet emotional read that had me turning the pages!
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:

A surprisingly serious read for Elizabeth Eulberg, Just Another Girl deals with our perceptions of girls, love triangles, and how much we learn when we try to give people the benefit of the doubt. The narrative switches between Hope, who is in love with her best friend Brady, and Parker, who is currently dating Brady and is in a really bad (but also secret) home situation.

When the book starts, we get a lot of Hope’s perspective, and a lot of her pain at
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 3.5

I seriously appreciate what this book is trying to do: give perspective to different circumstances of people. Concept-wise it's really amazing and makes the characters so realistically human, but the writing fell short for me. I miss Eulberg's natural witty banter dialogues that I've come to love and expect in her works but the voice here seems a little strained to me. That said, the way this book tackles a character struggling to survive after being abandoned was moving. Also,
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This book ended up being much different than I thought it would be. It wasn't quite the cute read I was expecting, but I still ended up really appreciating it. I loved the style it was written in. The POV switched between Hope and her biggest rival Parker and we even got one POV chapter from Brady, the guy in the middle. It was a little jarring at first because from Hope's POV we are to hate Parker and even though I thought Hope was way over-dramatic and too boy-crazy, I did kind of h ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. It seemed like it might just be a light contemporary, but it ended up digging deeper into some tough issues than I expected. Honestly, Hope was a little hard to like—I wasn’t a fan of her plan to try and steal her best friend away from his girlfriend, Parker. But I did feel for her—she had spent years pining after this boy who seemed to understand her so completely and knew
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Honestly I had no expectations going into this book. I received this book as an ARC from Yallfest and wasn't too hooked by the jacket blurb, but was willing to give it a shot. And let's just say I am so glad I did. This book was a really great surprise from what I thought it would be.
Based on the blurb, I assumed this book would rely on heavy tropes and a cliche love triangle, two things which I'm getting quickly tired of reading. What made this book great was it did have those things, but it
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. I liked the characters and the complexities of the relationships. I wish Parker's dramas weren't quite so dramatic and intense; I feel like that could have really driven the message home without resorting to extremes to prove the point. My favorite parts were when we saw the same scene from different perspectives. And I would have loved even more of them. Overall though this was enjoyable. ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So now at the end, there's actually no bad guy or good guy win. And we actually get a perspective from someone who looked like a side character for 7/8 of the book, but actullay makes a big impact in the end. There's no complete end, but it's a resolution that's good enough for the reader. ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was cute and so much more than I expected.

My favorite moment of YallFest was the moment David Levithan handed me Just Another Girl and told me I needed to read it. Like, any book David hands me I would probably read - for real. Plus just look at that cover! And Elizabeth is so dang lovely. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read Just Another Girl.

Alright, how many of you are tired of the same ol’ love triangle story? You know, girl is in love with her boy BFF but he has this super h
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book quite simply NEEDS to be taught in high schools. I think it's true of any book that they give us the unique opportunity of truly walk in someone else's shoes. JUST ANOTHER GIRL really takes that idea to the next level by delivering a powerful multi-POV story in which we truly get to see how wrong our perceptions of other people can be, and how our misconceptions of the perceived perfection of someone else's life can be not only entirely false but also dangerous.

This book really tackles
Sarah Reese
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Review of an ARC from Scholastic.

I cannot handle how predictable this book was. The plot seemed so much more promising than what was actually delivered (not that it sounded super life-changing to begin with).
It's basically your typical "in love with my best friend" story with someone else in the way. However, (plot twist) the "someone in the way" has this big problem in her life that means she's not as perfect as she seems!
*Gasp* I just can't handle how shocking that turn of events is!!!

This bo
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed this book so, so much!
The reason I’m rating it 4 stars is because it's incredibly short, 256 pages are not enough to build plot and develop characters for this kind of story; it’s a story that needs to be told and it deserves depth.

From our high school days most of us are familiar with Hope's jealousy, that pang we feel when we see our crush, or even our best friend, getting along with someone else; we feel this person is here to only annoy us and don’t stop to think that, if given a c
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Eulberg, Elizabeth Just Another Girl, 256 pages. Scholastic Point, MARCH 2017. $18. Language: PG-13 (23 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (minor sleaziness); Violence: G.

Hope and Brady have been best friends since they were little. For three years, Hope has been secretly in love with him, but Brady only has eyes for his perfect girlfriend Parker – at least that’s how Hope sees it. Parker, however, has much bigger problems than Hope’s jealousy. Since her dad was arrested and her mom walked out,
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ya-realistic, mg, 2019
It is the summer before junior year and Hope is determined to land her longtime crush, Brady. The moment feels perfect, the mood is right, and she is about to share her feelings with Brady when, enter new girl, Parker, with beautiful blonde hair and a slim physique. There is an instant rivalry, and Hope decides the only way to steal him from Parker is to create a regional, competition-worthy Rube-Goldberg machine.
I think the story starts to truly engage the reader when it switches to Parker’s pe
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Girls and women need to read this book!! We're so awful to each other - and we have no idea what other girls/women are going through! If you think someone else's life is perfect, you don't know enough about them! That's paraphrased from somewhere but I can't remember who said/wrote it.

Each of the major characters has their flaws, but they do their best to hide them from the other two, everyone else, and even from themselves at times.

Being in band, the cheerleaders were our mortal enemies. I'd l
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Probably more like 2.5, if I'm honest.

I really wanted to like this more. While I never adore Eulberg's work, I do consistently enjoy her books. Her writing is fast-paced and her storylines are usually pretty cute. This is about two girls who both like the same boy (a storyline that never gets old). One is his best friend, and the other is his girlfriend. While I appreciate the thought that you never really know what somebody else's life is like, I really struggled with the narration of this one-
BookChic Club
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm such a huge fan of Eulberg's books and this novel was one of her best. I really enjoyed the start of it thinking it's just from Hope's perspective but after about 80 pages, it switches over to Parker's POV. We even get a chapter from Brady's POV toward the end of the book. It's such a great way of giving more insight into each of these three characters and into their lives, showing there's much more going on in peoples' lives than we may think. I also loved Hope and Brady's friendship; even ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Cadence S.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book Just Another Girl, by Elizabeth Eulberg was very good. It was filled with many suprises and a lot of action. One thing I liked the most about this book was that it switched off prospectives of the three main characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes books with action, romance, and suprises.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked it because it was about how a girl thought the girl who was dating her best friend who she wanted to be with, was rude and mean and was spoiled but really she had nothing and nobody to look out for her, she was left there hopeless, until they break up and that brings the girls closer than ever and even though they aren’t best friends Th way are friends and learn not everything is about them and not everyone is perfect.
Alexis U
This was a amazing book!
Cesia Martinez
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such an inspiring book because it shows that sometimes not everyone is living a happy life even though they may seem like it. We should now someone's story before judging their character. ...more
Kennedyf froehlich
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved this book so much
Lauren Mccutcheon
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book. Totally recommended
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Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, Just Another Girl, Past Perfec

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