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Girls Like Me

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After accepting a ride home, sixteen-year-old Emma Kennedy is raped by a boy from school. But handsome, popular Ross Schroeder tells everyone the sex was consensual, and Emma is immediately branded as a slut. Even Emma's best friend, Jen, doesn't believe Emma's version of events. In fact, she is angry with Emma because she feels betrayed. After all, she liked Ross first.

Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Orca Book Publishers
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of GIRLS LIKE ME by Kristin Butcher in exchange for my honest review.***

Emma has a miscarriage following a rape by a popular athlete and is slut shamed by her peers, doctor and mother. When she tries to warn her former best friend, Jen blames Emma for being jealous.

GIRLS LIKE ME reminded me more of a book from the 1970s, when I was a young adult, than a modern story. From the beginning when Emma’s father refers to her bloody sheets as,
16 year old Emma accepts a car ride home from Ross a guy from the boys volleyball team. In turn he ends up raping her and she is left to deal with the consequences alone.

I started reading Girls like me and the beginning had my heart breaking and tears streaming down my face. The hurt that Emma feels Kristin Butcher does such a great job writing it. I felt like the story was written during the times where when things like this happened you kept everything Hush hush. Her mother doesn't believe he
Ashley Owens
I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

One of the most abrupt endings I've ever read... and the whole thing was really forced and surface and abrupt.

It didn't really make any points that arent already known.

I'm not trying to diminish anyone who has experienced this situation in real life, as a rape victim myself I could never ever do that. But not a lot of care or thought went into this.
Beca ☾
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Girls Like Me is a quick read dealing with heavy but important subject matter. The book tells the story of two high school friends who are both raped on different occasions by the school's star athlete. Butcher does well at writing Emma's shame and guilt surrounding the rape and the events that follow.
While the book has good readability, it often felt forced. The ending was also very abrupt.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Almost everyday there are cases of boys and men being accused of rape and women who just want to be believed but in this world the victim often gets blamed and it isn't without it's reasons thanks to those few that have made false accusations. Ms. Butcher has explored the topic of rape with the characters that have been brought to life through her carefully and well crafted story line and dialogue throughout the story. It is a great book for both female and male teenagers to read right at the be ...more
Booknerdreads Grace Haddad
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
*****Thank you to NetGallery for providing me a complimentary copy of Girls Like Me In exchange for an honest review****

First of, I would like to say, I enjoyed this book a lot, well, enjoy isn’t the right word for a book like this, I was intrigued and it was worth the read.
This book is simple yet holds so many lessons and so much importance.
When reading this I did not get the vibe that this book was from this year because of the way people acted, it reminded me of a 2009 movie. This is a good
Taylor Nabors
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Girls Like Me is a high-intensity read that can be finished quickly. It tells the story of Emma and Jen, two best friends in the thick of high school, when one boy swoops in and changes both of their lives. What Emma thinks is an innocent ride home, turns into the worst night of her life., and the events of that night don’t go away with the sunrise. She tries to explain to her parents and best friend Jen what actually happened - but no one believes her. Until it happened to Jen too. The two put ...more
Jul 24, 2019 added it
16 year old Emma and her best friend Jen make the senior volleyball team and it's going to be AWESOME! They get to go to away games with the boy's team, and it's going to be one big party, especially when Ross, the cutest boy of all the boys notices Emma.
The party ends when Ross offers to take Emma home one night. She hides the rape ad the resulting pregnancy as best she can and tries to move on with her life. Then the rumors start. Rumors so terrible even her best friend believes them. But Jen
Terina Atkins
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Girls Like Me by Kristin Butcher- This is a quick read, high interest, low level book that deals with a topic that is becoming all too common. Emma and Jen are popular juniors, best friends, and crushing on the same popular senior guy named Ross. One afternoon Ross pays Emma some extra attention and the two girls, best friends since forever, suddenly find themselves growing apart. Ross takes Emma home after a game, but decides to rape her before dropping her off. Faced with the guilt and shame o ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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Girls Like Me is a startling novel about rape and slut-shaming in high school. The pacing of this book moves like a runaway train and never slows down at any point, it is a very easy book to read in a single sitting. The book is aimed at younger readers and uses simple language that is easier to follow, it will definitely appeal to its target audience.

The subject matter presented in this story is troubling, and I wonder if it sacrifices believably in exchange for a dramatic plot. There are almos
Michelle Kidwell
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girls Like Me
by Kristin Butcher

Orca Book Publishers

Teens & YA

Pub Date 27 Aug 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Girls Like Me through Orca Book Publishers and Netgalley:

Girls Like Me is a High Interest Novel geared towards teen.

Sixteen year old Emma is raped after accepting a ride home from a boy at school. Ross Schroeder who is handsome and popular tells everyone the sex was consensual. Even Emma’s best friend Jen, does not believe what Emma tells her. Jen feels betrayed because she liked Ross first.
Kate Church
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this book it is very well written. It covers something that happens on a daily basis. I plan to read more by this author.
Lisa Bentley
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Emma Kennedy is a typical high school girl. She is a cheerleader, she is plodding along academically, she has a good circle of friends. Her whole future looks bright. However, when an encounter with the boy she likes turns violent she becomes ostracised by the people she trusts the most.

If I am honest, Girls Like Me is not an original story. There are plenty of others that tackle the same theme. One of the things that I always find I take away from these types of stories is how they are almost c
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
** I received an electronic advance copy of this from NetGalley in return for an honest review.**

I requested to read this because it sounded like it could be an amazing and empowering story. Instead I felt the story was rushed through just to suddenly end with no real closure. The story centers around the belief that no one will believe the truth but, you never get to find out if anyone does. Does the rapist ever get arrested?
And don’t get me started on the parents... Don’t t
Bookworm LLC
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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Emma accepted a ride home from a high school class mate. She didn't make it home as she expected. Ross, a popular guy at her high school raped her and told everyone it was consensual. Emma's best friend is jealous because she likes Ross and feels her best friend deceived her.
This story is one that happens more often then we would like to think. This is about Emma and how her class mates view her after only hearing one side of the story. How, everyone believes the popular guy and not her.
It is a
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be such an easy and interesting read. I see a lot of reviewers complained about the lack of character development, but I feel like maybe it was done intentionally so anyone can relate to the characters. So you can see yourself in them. The book was well written and kept moving at a good pace. The only complaint I have is about the abrupt ending. I would have loved to see the outcome. Other than that, I think it’s a great book to read as a family and discuss the topic of rape ...more
Amanda Caravello
This book surprised me a bit. First, I didn't know that this was more of a novella when I requested to read it. I feel with a topic like the one that this book covers, it could have made for a full length novel. In fact, Emma's story felt rushed to me. I really enjoyed the message behind this and what it was intending the say but it could have been a full length novel with more details and have the events of the story drawn out further. Emma and Jen deserved the chance to have a longer story. Th ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-children
This book had a great beginning. Blood on the sheets. Pain and agony all over on what is happening no and what happened not too long ago experienced by the protagonist Emma are papable yet it slowly goes downhill in the 130 odd pages of the book. One reason is that I didn't like the antagonist Ross (which his first and last name is said way too much in the same line) and not just cause him scum- he just seemed one dimensional. It would be great if this book was continued to be longer and more th ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given an early copy of this Orca Book “Girls Like Me” by Kristin Butcher in exchange for an honest review.
This book was a short young adult story. I have read different books about the subject of rape and bullying. This book reminds me of things that happen daily in people’s lives and the hardships they must go through especially in school.
I do think this book was kind of rushed and short, but it did keep my attention and I enjoyed reading it. I can’t wait to read more by this publisher a
Feb 11, 2022 rated it it was ok
This book talks about a very important subject, sexual assault. This girl is raped and has everyone against her and no one believing that she was a assaulted by this guy. I feel like the author did a good job expressing Emma’s shame and hurt, and her struggles to heal her trauma. I just felt like there wasn’t enough in the ending and I want to know what happened to her and her friend Jen who also got raped by the same guy. The ending was just abrupt and left me wanting more information.
Azzurra Nox
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
When I first requested this book I wasn't aware that it was a hi-lo type of novel. Hi-lo basically means that it's topics of high interest written in a manner that's easy to read for readers that have a low reading level. So for someone like me, I managed to fly through this book in a couple of hours. But just cos it's a hi-lo book doesn't mean it wasn't good. I actually enjoyed it a lot and it discussed a timely topic. The only thing that I wish was that the ending hadn't been so abrupt. ...more
Jul 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I actually wish it was longer. I wanted to see justice served. That said, Kristin did an amazing job of digging into the guilt and shame and anger of the characters. I would like to read more from Kristin. The way she writes is simple, but it really gets the point across.
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Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A quick read about an important topic. This could easily stand with Speak and other novels to begin classroom discussions. I didn't think much of Jen, but she redeemed herself in the end. the other characters were fairly thin, but that's more to do with the length of the story than anything else.

Definitely should do well.
Jun 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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