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Girls Like Us

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  621 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.
Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is that they’re dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

In rural Georgia, Izella is wise beyond her years, but burdened with the resp
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
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Dylan
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars.

I guess this just....wasn't what I wanted/was expecting.

I thought this book was going to focus on abortion, since the synopsis says that it's so timely, but its hardly spoken about? It says that it's about woman's right to choose her future, but the majority of the characters ended up doing what's expected of them and nothing against "the norm".

Idk, I just wish this took place now vs the 70s, I think it would have done a lot better in that timeline.
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Bookishrealm
Update! Here’s my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....

Damn....
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Michelle
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book
The Nerd Daily
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell

Girls Like Us was a masterpiece that weaved the stories of four girls dealing with unexpected pregnancies in the summer of 1972. This story follows two sisters, Ola and Izella. and two strangers, Missippi and Sue, as they try to deal with matters that no teenager should ever have to deal with. This was such a moving and timely story that I read in one sitting as once I started reading, I could not put it down. This book sucks you
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Lost in Book Land
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Welcome Back!


I know it's been a little while, I know what my posting goals were, however, I took a small break for a few reasons. First, due to mental health, I was feeling a bit down and I just needed some time to work through some things and second because of the holidays. So I took part of the week before Thanksgiving and the entire week of Thanksgiving to kind of collect myself and treat myself. I am in a much better headspace now and have been able to resolve the things that were bothering
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Feiwel & Friends, and RockStar Book Tours for this free copy.

So I read one of my friend’s reviews before I started this book, and she said that it was a pretty tough book emotionally to read. Not in those words specifically, but that’s pretty much the vibe I got from her review.

Well I wasn’t freaking ready for it.





This book really gave me similar feelings to wha
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Kim Quindlen
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Truly one of the most beautifully written and compelling stories I’ve read in a long time. Heartbreaking and sweet and poignant. Randi Pink is an absolute talent.
〰️Beth〰️
Powerful and timely.

No Spoilers
Young girls dealing with unexpected pregnancy prior to Roe vs Wade. A fast paced and emotional read with relatable characters.
Jamie
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4.5) This book physically and narratively embodies the Shakespeare quote "though she be but little, she is fierce." It's short and concise but full of pain and joy and beauty as we read about these girls who face unwanted pregnancy in a country that criminalizes choice. Ms. Pearline is a true pearl that I will not soon forget. The bond forged between the girls is beautiful and longlasting, but it should never have had to happen the way it did. Supporting reproductive freedom = protecting lives ...more
Tina
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A timely novel, telling stories of young women who are victims of others, their own choices, and the times the live in. A deeply moving and appropriate book at a time when women’s bodies are being regulated.
Ola and Eliza live with their mother Evangeline who is religious and prides Hesiod in raising Christian girls who are prepared to be good wives. She does charity for anyone she can, feeds everyone, and even visits the girl that everyone else looks down upon, Mississippi. When younger Eliza r
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Paige Green
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Author: Randi Pink

Book Series: Standalone.

Rating: 3.5/5

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Recommended Age: 16+ (pregnancy, sex)

Synopsis: Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.
Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is
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Bonnie Wells
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I didn't know anything going into this besides it revolving around teen pregnancy, so I was surprised to see exactly the direction this book took. For the most part, it was a pleasant surprise. I went through a lot of feelings as I read this. In the beginning, I felt it was hard to get into. Once I got a grasp on things I found it to be enjoyable enough. But then when we got to see the relationships between the characters I really found myself enjoying it. Really, it was almost a five star, but ...more
Audrey (Warped Shelves)
A nice story, but nothing profound. I think what drew me away from this story is that I could feel that the author was going for profundity, and it came across pitifully. That sounds really harsh, and I don't mean for it to! I did like all of the girls (Except for the last, the modern, narrator; she was obnoxious) and I liked the different perspectives on the same issue--teen pregnancy. But at the end of the day, Girls Like Us didn't move or change me in any way. It is simply a good story, and n ...more
Aliena Jackson
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nostalgia
I sit here crying. This book feels like giving up.

Lexi Cushman
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing! I loved how it captured the stories of different girls and never once got confusing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic stories of love and triumph.
iz
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
this was good and also bad. the ending nearly brought it down to two stars for me but I did still enjoy this.
Amy Layton
Oh my god.  This is the historical fiction to end all historical fictions.  When three girls fall pregnant, their lives are turned upside down.  Ola relies on her younger sister, Izella, in hopes to find an abortion--and to not tell their mother, Evangelist.  Missippi is fourteen and doesn't quite know the extent of her predicament--not only is she pregnant, but her father wants to know who did this to her even though she promised her rapist she'd never tell.  Susan is of another world entirely- ...more
Genesee Rickel
Full review to come. 4 stars for importance, 3 stars for enjoyment cuz this topic is personally difficult for me.

WASHYARG draft review
This book is a powerful testament to what unplanned pregnancies meant to women, specifically teen girls, prior to Roe vs. Wade. Taking place in 1972 in rural Georgia and Chicago, our four narrators, Ola (16), Izella (15), Missippi (14) and Sue (17) all have different circumstances surrounding their pregnancies, both in terms of partners, support, and prior sexual
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Kristen
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, blm
Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was beautiful and heartbreaking and paints a picture of the difficulties teen mothers faced in the 70's. Four young girls share their pregnancy stories (or in Izella's case, her sister's story). The girls come from different backgrounds and situations, and they are all looking for a little kindness, a little acceptance, and a way to move forward.

There are some fantastic side characters (a woman who houses teenage girl
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Ivana
This book is about a woman’s right to choose, a timely issue that should be written about and discussed more. It follows the lives of different girls who are affected by unplanned pregnancies in 1972, and ends in the present day/future.

I wanted to like this book so much, but ultimately it didn’t read like YA. It didn’t have much dialogue and was pretty dry for teenage readers. It was also inconsistent, starting as a slow-paced historical fiction novel and ending dramatically and abruptly in the
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Gemini
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favorites
Absolutely Amazing

I loved this book so much. The story was haunting, yet inspiring. I became so invested in these girls and their lives. In the end, they all made me so proud. They were so strong and so brave. The writing was superb. I felt like I could see every chapter playing out right in front of me. I would love to see this turned into a movie, but a film couldn’t do it justice. This is a book that I know I’ll read again.
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This was an I interesting, readable story about three girls who had unwanted pregnancies in the year before the abortion laws were relaxed in America. I liked the characters a lot, they all came from really different backgrounds but still had a lot in common.
Lorna
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read, however when I reached the last chapter, it went from a solid 5 to a generous 4.

I feel like I havnt quite understood it properly and the ending could have been so much better.

All said and done I was desparate to pick this book back up each night.
Samantha land
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the inclusiveness and positivity that this book provided. I felt the girl power throughout it.
Elise  - ABook&ACup
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Must read. It feels real and moving and it was so easy to connect with the characters.
A short but beautiful story on the importance of women's rights as well as how we can support each other and make each other grow!
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Gwenevere Parker
sad ending but all in are very good with a strong message
Jessica
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book broke my heart. It is sad and powerful and real. And, it is my story too. It is the story of so many women. We have to guard our rights. For us. For our sisters. For our daughters.
Constance
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t wait to read this book!!! The time is now, The issue is being discussed in the news everywhere about women, the atmosphere is ripe,and who better to hear it from...than a woman !!!!
Eleanor
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, and I understand how she presented the options (with Ola and the juice she drank, and with Sue's family discussing adoption), but then they all just returned, with their babies, except for Ola, to continue their lives. I liked the characters and there were some sentences where I thought, "well, damn." But, I think my main problem with this book was that the synopsis is seemingly so far from what actually happens in the novel. The synopsis makes it sound like these fou ...more
Elly Swartz
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girls Like Us by Randi Pink casts a powerful lens on the issue of a woman’s right to choose at an important time in our history. Pink masterfully weaves a story with heart and soul that reflects how unplanned pregnancy touches the lives of 4 girls in 4 very different and compelling ways. Honest. Raw. Moving. Powerful. A must read.

I received an arc of this book.
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Randi Pink grew up in the South and attended a mostly white high school. She lives with her husband and their two rescue dogs in Birmingham, Alabama, where she works for a branch of National Public Radio. Into White is her fiction debut.

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“Real pain existed there. Not only the pain of pregnancy, but the pain of denying it. That type of denial took work.” 0 likes
“Izella shook her thoughts away again, trying to reorganize herself into the sister with the right answer. Best thing for everybody was no baby. No baby for Evangelist to know about, no baby to send Walter into the shakes, no baby to split Ola from a girl into a mama.” 0 likes
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