What Kind of Girl
Girl In Pieces meets Moxie in this unflinching exploration of the many forms of abuse society inflicts upon women, and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth.
The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker's girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the...more
TW: physical abuse, eating disorders (bulimia), drugs, self harm
'What Kind of Girl' is the type of book that has the ability to deeply affect many people. This book impacted me in a visceral way, and I can tell that I will be left thinking about it long after I closed the last page.
One of the main reasons I loved this story so much was the raw emotions it pulled from me, as well as the ways it made me question my own morals. That in itself is one of my favourite parts of reading. Simply through experiencing another's life for a few ...more
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Basically, this books tells the story through the eyes of the abused girlfriend, the most popular girl in school, the pothead and the bulimic girl.
The writer leaves it up to you to figure ...more
A young adult aged novel that explores themes of substance abuse, domestic violence, self harm, and sexuality. Written in a clever way, What Kind of Girl follows teen girls as they face societal expectations in the fast-paced, gossipy high school atmosphere. With no names, only self-given titles, we follow The Bulimic, The Popular Girl, The Pothead, The Abused Girlfriend. We see their interactions with family, friends, their abuser. We are ...more
This story asked the question, what kind of girl would let something like this happen and focused on the individuals but also very importantly, it focused on the reactions from friends, enemies, family and the school community. I ...more
I do wish that the author had changed the format starting with part #2.
I think it would have worked better for me.
Obviously this is a difficult topic to address with class as well as reality.
I think the author did a good job of accomplishing both.
The book seemed to drag a bit for me and I would have liked a little better pacing throughout.
Overall a okay read.
Thanks to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for my DRC.
But then, why did I wait? Why didn’t I come forward sooner? What kind of girl stays after her boyfriend hits her? What kind of girl gets hit in the first place?
"But (of course), by lunchtime everyone at school knows, as easily and quickly as if they'd announced it over the ...more
*Trigger Warning: depictions of dating abuse, bulimia, self harm & drug use*
It has been a few days since I have read What Kind of Girl and I am still speechless. What ever I write here will not do this book one ounce of the justice and praise it deserves in the slightest. I loved this book with all my heart, I loved the subjects is brought up, the way the author addressed them and the message that there is light at the end of the ...more
“Doing something when you’re scared is braver than doing something when you’re not.”
It’s hard ...more
We never really know what’s going on in people’s lives but we are always ready to make assumptions. No matter if we know them or not, we guess or hear rumors and go with what sounds truthful. But what you hear or think might not be accurate. This book travels through those and sets the record straight.
Maya walks into school on Monday and goes into the Principal’s office. Her black eye should clue the Principal in on ...more
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley for an honest review.
This one is heavy.
“No self-respecting girl would stay with a guy who hit her.”
What Kind of Girl is more than just a domestic violence story.
It’s about two best friends who are both going through extremely trying times in their lives, but don’t reach out to each other for support. It’s about the expectations put on a person by their parents and peers, the ...more
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.
I think this book did a very good job of showcasing how domestic violence can occur with teens. The last time I recall having a big discussion about this was when that Lifeftime movie starring Fred Savage and Candace Cameron called "No One Would Tell" that followed a young couple in love, but the boy in questions starts abusing the girlfriend. That movie showed ...more
After months of abuse, Maya finally tells her principal that her boyfriend Mike, school Golden Boy, hits her. Soon everyone at school has an opinion including Junie, the best friend Maya never told. Junie has her own problems with anxiety disorders and her girlfriend and the two friends aren’t as close as before Mike. Junie plans a rally to get Mike ...more
It’s hard not to want to defend him.
What Kind of Girl examines many of the problems that teenagers face today with the focal point on dating violence. The book centers on the aftermath that occurs when a teen girl, Maya, accuses her very popular and well-liked boyfriend, Mike, of physically abusing her.
The story is told in three parts, mostly narrated by Maya and her best friend, Juniper aka Junie. There are some parts that are narrated by others i.e. The Best Friend of Mike and ...more
There's quite a bit to unpack with respect to the myriad of issues Sheinmel tackled in this book, but I think she did a rather good job. This is a story, that focuses on the challenges faced by females every day. Domestic violence, body image, and mental health take ...more
This is a dual perspective novel with a twist. We follow two main characters Maya and her best friend but each chapter title is broken up into the different types of labels that they are associated with. For example: the popular girl, the anxious girl, the bulimic, etc. I really loved the way Alyssa did ...more
Maya walks into her principals office and reports boyfriend Mike for abuse. The black eye she is sporting creates gossip and division amongst her peers, best friend Junie is determined to bring Mike down and the author explores the group dynamic beautifully - the underneath of it all, the thoughts and decisions and fallout - and for the most ...more
What does it take to step forward and speak out against the person you love?
When Mike Parker's girlfriend shows up with a bruise on her face to school, she decides enough is enough. She tells the principal what happened and the abuse she's faced at Mike's hands.
Now the school is up in arms. Is she telling the truth? Was it a misunderstanding? Why didn't she come forward ...more
Told from two perspectives, What Kind of Girl follows two teenage friends - Maya and Juniper. I really liked both the characters. They were well-rounded, in-depth characters with honest thoughts and feelings. I ...more
This book was very eye opening just as The Hate You Give and Girl in Pieces talking about domestic violence and how some couples can not resolve their issues. This book in particular had a lot of eye opening scenes and questions such as why did she talk to her high school principal and not go to the police? Why are all her friends taking ...more
Told through multiple points of view, the story centers on best friends Maya and Juniper. The whole book takes place in a week. I found the story-telling device used is unique and really powerful.
On Monday, Maya comes to school and heads straight to the principal's office. She's there to report that her boyfriend, the golden boy of campus, hit here. And it wasn't the first time.
Juniper wants to be there for Maya. After ...more
WHY? Um, simple. Unless you’re experiencing one of ...more
Sheinmel has created some interesting characters with some very serious problems. It brings date abuse, bulimia, cutting and anxiety into focus. These are important issues facing our youth today and the author does a good job of ...more
This triggers are mentioned at the top of the book. I received this as an ARC so thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to give a non biased review.
To keep this review as spoiler free as possible, this book is told through duel POV and tells the story of a girl who reports her boyfriend who gave her a black eye, and a girl who suffers from OCD but also cuts herself.
For a lot of the book, you don't know which character is ...more
I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.