Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

Book - 2014
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A 2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner

With gentle humor and unflinching realism, Gail Giles tells the gritty, ultimately hopeful story of two special ed teenagers entering the adult world.

We understand stuff. We just learn it slow. And most of what we understand is that people what ain't Speddies think we too stupid to get out our own way. And that makes me mad.

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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass : Candlewick Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9780763662677
Branch Call Number: YA GIL
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 21 cm.


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Schneider Family Book Award - Young Adult Book (Title that best embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience.)

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andiejpg Jul 30, 2015

Becoming an adult is never easy but these two girls make the best of it and learn that friendship is important.

Jul 27, 2015

This book touched me when I read it because these 2 girls went through an experience no woman should have to go through.

0Charlie Apr 02, 2015

This work provided a fresh perspective on becoming an adult and finding out how to make your way in the world. The use of the alternating journal entries to tell the story is effective as we get two points of view on an event. The two main characters learn that they can share their lives and find strength in others. A quick read. Recommended.

AliReads Dec 15, 2014

Harrowing, heart breaking, heart warming. Characters that will stay with you, I reckon. It's also very good to see more diverse characters - there aren't many books about girls with disabilities around, and this one's a great addition to the list.

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