Girls Like Me

by Lola StVil

Girls Like Me is a fresh poetic take on teen angst, high school romance, and cyber-bullying. A novel-in-verse that is campy like Glee, subversive, and downright funny. 



  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544706743
  • ISBN-10: 0544706749
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication Date: 10/04/2016
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl bully in school. When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn't want to tell him who she is. But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake’s love prevails. 

     Girls Like Me is a fun and fresh poetic take on teen angst, social media and online anonymity, and high school romance.

About the author
Lola StVil

Lola StVil was seven when she first came to the US from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. She is the author of the best-selling Guardians series and the Noru series.



I whip out fake smile reserved for 

Monday mornings, cheerleaders 


Kara stitches series of mom-esque words 

Forming dubious praise

“Your face is so pretty this morning” 

= You look fat

“I made egg white omelets and wheat toast” 

= So you will no longer be fat

“It’s nice out. You should walk home today.” 

= So you can be less fat

Kara is stuck 

With me 

Shay Summers: pretty-faced fat girl who 

Reads. Writes. Thinks. 

Too much

Dad died 

Selfish, Dad, very selfish.

“Don’t be late for school” 

= Don’t stay behind, pig out, get more fat

Flashes her best fake smile 

The one she keeps in the freezer 

So that it stays 




“See you later”

Finally alone, I call on my friends: 

Breakfast burrito. Banana cream pie. Butter.

They are all missing 

There’s been a massacre

Kara’s soldiers: 






Wiped out all my friends 

Not even condiments 


I recall 

My love

Could it survive savage, unprovoked attack? 

Scour area 

Attempt rescue

No survivors 

Rest in peace, 

Apple-wood bacon

Flash of red packaging 

Resembles my lover’s face

A prayer 

A hope 

Fragile but real

Pull in closer 

Oscar Mayer Bacon! 

Turkey bacon? 

All is lost . . .


"...readers will find this fast read thoroughly authentic and enjoyable." 



"[Shay's] clever, matter-of-fact voice soars, and readers will find it impossible not to root for her as she learns to accept herself and believe that other people can do the same." 



"This funny, heart-wrenching novel celebrates those who don’t fit into society’s mold and the people who love them as they are. Even if the popular crowd at Shay’s school doesn’t appreciate her wit, compassion, and courage, readers will." 

—Publishers Weekly 


"Dynamic story of grief, loyalty, and, finally, some cheerworthy victories."