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What Kind of Girl

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  180 reviews

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

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Even though this took me a little longer to read than I expected (because some of the scenes were pretty anxiety inducing for me), it was SO worth the time I spent with it. This book is a hard read for sure, but it was a very important one and I ultimately really liked it.

TW: physical abuse, eating disorders (bulimia), drugs, self harm
sarah xoxo
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded to 5 stars

'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
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars
ARC provided via Netgalley. Thanks, guys!

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Okay, you can read mine, now that you're here, because I promise I'll keep it clean and spoiler-free.
Which is quite hard, considering even telling you the characters' names is a spoiler.
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
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4.5 Stars

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
Bookphenomena (Micky)
WHAT KIND OF GIRL was such an interesting read that addressed some relevant but less written-about themes in the context of physical abuse in a dating situation in YA. There are some additional trigger warnings at the beginning of the book for those who seek this out.

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
I loved how part #1 unfolded; revealing different POVs a tiny bit at a time.
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.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
What kind of girl stays with a boyfriend after he hits her? This is the question that one of our two protagonists continues to ask herself because she stayed for several months and she doesn’t know why. It’s a question that occurs to her peers, her BFF, her parents, etc. She even wonders if the abuser (Mike) knew she would keep quiet.

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?

Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The rumors spread quickly at North Bay Academy. Popular track star Mike Parker's girlfriend has accused him of hitting her. She even told the principal. But, they wonder, why not the police? Why did she wait so long to tell? Why hasn't Mike been expelled? Some students at the school want to hold a rally--to expel Mike. But others aren't so quick to believe his girlfriend.

"But (of course), by lunchtime everyone at school knows, as easily and quickly as if they'd announced it over the
Amber (The Book Bratz)
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*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
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
What Kind of Girlis one of those books that, regardless of your opinions on its execution, you have to acknowledge isvitally important for its willingness to openly address difficult social phenomenathat society likes to sweep under the rug. It is a heavy read, but in a necessary way, not the maudlin sort of sob-story that is an inherent risk of writing about so many serious issues that teens face today.

“Doing something when you’re scared is braver than doing something when you’re not.”

It’s hard
Stacy Fetters
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
"With our whole lives ahead of us, we had a lifetime for things to get worse."

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
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Trigger warning: Abuse, self-harm, bulimia
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
lady book reader
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Great young adult book! What Kind of Girl is about teens in high school and the struggles they go through daily. Popular guy Mike’s girlfriend goes to the principals office to report he’s hit her causing a black eye. This is where the students take sides. Why didn’t she tell anyone this has been going on for months? Why didn’t she leave him? People are wondering if this is true or just for attention. This book deals with a lot of important stuff. Bulimia, abuse,self harm. I think it is a very ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHAT KIND OF GIRL by Alyssa Sheinmel in exchange for my honest review.***


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
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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
Samantha (WLABB)
When resident golden boy, Mike, was accused of hitting his girlfriend, everyone was forced to choose sides. Did they believe him or did they believe her? And, if they believed her, what kind of girl would stay with a boy like that?

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
Anne Carty
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story is really close to my heart. Although I never was in an abusive relationship. I have been abused by someone I loved so I really connected with the main character Maya in this story.

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
Liz Barnsley
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
What Kind Of Girl is a really well written piece of teen drama, featuring engaging and realistic characters and touching on some emotionally resonant themes.

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
Review to come.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, bt-e-book, arc, 2019
What Kind of Girlby Alyssa Sheinmel explores relationship violence in teenagers, the struggles of labels, and mental illness.

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
Cody Nicole
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What Kind of Girl is undoubtedly going to be one of the most influential books I've read this year. This poignant tale of two teenage girls is bound to strike a nerve with almost anyone who picks up the book. It has an important impact and will leave you quite literally shell-shocked.

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
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from SOURCEBOOKS Fire in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

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
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Content warning: This book contains dating abuse, bulimia, and self-harm.

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
From a young age, I knew that “domestic abuse” was when a man hit his wife, and that it was wrong, and that no woman should ever tolerate that kind of behaviour. Dr. Phil was my main professor on the topic, bringing women on stage to tell them in no uncertain terms that it was not okay. It took much longer before I realized, “Oh, wait, women can abuse a man?” and even longer before I caught on to violence in LGBTQ+ couples and emotional abuse.

WHY? Um, simple. Unless you’re experiencing one of
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Maya is very popular at high school. Her boyfriend Mike is popular and admired by everyone, including the teachers and staff. When Maya walks into the principal's office one day with a black eye and accuses Mike of hitting her. This starts a tumultuous series of events.

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
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, arc
Trigger Warnings for dating abuse, self harm, bulimia.

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
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This book hands so many topics in a careful and thoughtful way. Unfortunately, it took me way too long to get the whole story format. Which is understandable considering how the chapters are formatted. I feel like this book will be and do great things. I just didn't fully get it.

I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.
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Alyssa Sheinmel is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults, including A Danger to Herself and Others and Faceless. She is the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and currently lives and writes in New York City. Follow her on Instagram @alyssasheinmel and ...more