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What Kind of Girl

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  119 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
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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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
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.
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
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

*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
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
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
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
First sentence:

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
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
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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, fiction, bt-e-book
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
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.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
This 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. The way the story was told was innovative and clever.

Full review to come for the blog.
Ashley Holstrom
Alyssa Sheinmel is a treasure. She writes mental illness like no one else, with a stunning stream-of-consciousness style that feels real. What Kind of Girl is such an important book about what domestic violence can look like, and the many ways survivors and bystanders battle with the truth.

(Content warning for domestic violence, bulimia, and self-harm)
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Content warning for book: dating abuse, self harm, bulimia, and some drug abuse

Wow. I know the first book I read by Alyssa Sheinmel was intense. The name sounded familiar so I requested this book! And let me just say, this book is definitely not an easy read. It can actually be triggering so it’s fantastic there’s a warning in the beginning.

The story is told through the perspective of best friends
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
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
What kind of girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
4 stars

TW- mentions of: self Harm, eating disorders, drug use, domestic abuse, slut shaming, victim blaming.
When Mike Parker’s girlfriend shows up to school with a black eye and walks into the principal’s office accusing Mike of hitting her North Bay Academy is completely split. The thick air filled with rumors, sides, lies, and confusion crowds the halls. The girls aren’t sure if they should take the victims word because- after all why would the golden boy
Representation: Juniper (main character) is Mexican-American, and gay. Tess (side character) is black and gay.

Content warnings: Book content warnings: bulimia, self-harm, mental health (OCD, anxiety), dating abuse, drug usage, cheating.

I received an e-Advanced Reader Copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest opinion. This has not impacted my views.

I am going to try and keep this as spoiler-free as possible.

This book was absolutely incredible, and so very important.

The story was told from
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: Dating abuse, bulimia, self-harm, victim blaming, slut shaming, anxiety, OCD

What Kind of Girl is a tough book. It tackles issues of victim blaming, of the emotional decision to speak up, and the ripples within the community. This book doesn't only focus on the rhetoric of those around her, but also our own internalized messaging. The ways we wonder if we were weak, how the words
Karen Barber
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scheduled for publication in February 2020, this is a book to shout about and encourage people to read.
The action of the book takes place over just one week, and it is a pivotal week in the lives of the characters we encounter. It’s the kind of week that changes lives.
Initially I was unsure about the way this book started. Each chapter was titled something different - the girlfriend, the dropout etc - and I was under the impression there were a number of characters. The reality was quite
Louise Hunter
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by Atom Books

How do I even begin this review? This book was quite a hard read. This book is told in 2 POV's but even giving you the name to those can be a technical spoilers as at the beginning the writer kind of leaves it to you to figure out who they are.
This books highlights the importance of domestic abuse in young people, a topic that isn't really spoke about in many young adult novels. It's definitely an eye opener.
I'm not going to write to much in this review because 1. I'm
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What Kind of Girl was exactly the question asked not only by students, but the victim herself. High school junior Maya was abused by her popular track star boyfriend Mike on several occasions. After a vicious slap that left her with a very visual black eye, Maya decided to report the abuse to the principal. Students then began to take sides- questioning the behavior of both parties involved. Maya’s best friend, Junie, tried to be there for her, but she had her own set of problems that needed to ...more
Johnna Whetstone
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, heart wrenching book! This book was one of those books that left me shook up inside. It had my emotions all over the place, but I found it to be so utterly real and in its ugliness beautiful. I think it’s a must read for parents, teenagers, and any one else working with younger people, because it really hits on tough subjects in a manner that lets readers see realities and maybe learn from them and help others from that knowledge. I highly recommend to those who love books on tough ...more
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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