Monday, 25 January 2016

Book Review: Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first "real world" apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought — and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

Hard-hitting and compassionate, Girls Like Us is a story about growing up in a world that can be cruel, and finding the strength — and the support — to carry on.


My Review:
I had really liked the sound of this book but did not enjoy it when I started reading it. Unlike other reviewers I didn't have any issues with the accents of the characters or the way they 'spoke'. Maybe it's because I'm from the UK and don't really know what an authentic Southern accent for special education kids would be. I just went with it.

I did actually like Biddy. Dumped on her grandmother because her mother didn't want a 'retarded' child-and her grandmother doesn't exactly shower her with love either. Her pretty looks and lack of knowledge lead her to boys who take advantage of her and get her pregnant. When her child was removed from her, she gets fat to avoid the boys touching her again. She is not smart but she is sweet and kind. So who do they put her with? Quincy.

Quincy has physical injuries after being hit by a brick by her mother's boyfriend and taken into care where she has learned life skills like cooking. It's a pity she didn't learn kindness. She is a real bitch to Biddy, referring to her as a white, fat, stupid ho. She is racist, rude to everyone, mean, unpleasant and I didn't like her at all. She moans about where they live, moans about sharing with Biddy, moans about her chores...I wish she'd just disappear.

As much as I wanted to see how Liz could help Biddy, I had no interest in having to put up with Quincy in every other chapter. 
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