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.
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.
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
Shay Summers: pretty-faced fat girl who
Reads. Writes. Thinks.
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
Wiped out all my friends
Not even condiments
Could it survive savage, unprovoked attack?
Rest in peace,
Flash of red packaging
Resembles my lover’s face
Fragile but real
Pull in closer
Oscar Mayer 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."
"Dynamic story of grief, loyalty, and, finally, some cheerworthy victories."
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