Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Girls Like Us

This YA novel really touched me and pulled at my heartstrings. It is written in the voices of two characters – Biddy and Quincy. Both girls have been in Special Education throughout their schooling and have recently graduated from high school. Biddy cannot read and write, but Quincy can. She has a learning disability due to a traumatic injury. At the end of their school year, they are put in a program where they live together in the garage apartment of an older woman who needs help with cooking/cleaning. Biddy takes on this job, and Quincy works at a local market. Biddy is open and loving while Quincy is reserved and bristles at attempts to draw her in closer. The interactions between the girls and the bond they form with each other and Miss Elizabeth, the older woman they live with, gives this book a feel-good quality. While some of the events are difficult to read about due to their violent nature or the cruelty of others, I was able to finish it quickly and enjoyed it very much.

Availability:  COSMOS, USMAI
Review Submitted by:  Sandi Hauenstein
Rating:  Highly Recommended

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