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Girls Like UsGirls Like Us by Gail Giles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the ARC, Girls Like Us by Gail Giles. What a compelling read; the voices of Biddy and Quincy were so real, it broke my heart. Biddy and Quincy are mentally challenged students who are Special Ed graduates and find themselves paired together living to help a kind and understanding widow, Elizabeth. These girls are so different and yet similar. They come from separate worlds and have suffered various kinds of abuses. Biddy is fearful and loving while Quincy is always angry with a chip on her shoulder. The reader sees what Biddy and Quincy are thinking and feeling in alternating chapters. They are hard workers and through a series of situations, they bond with Elizabeth and come to depend upon each other as their friendship deepens. I have always loved Gail Giles books; students always read them and couldn’t put them down; in our library there were multiple copies and her books were always checked out. Girls Like Us will resonate with teens and teachers alike. I would also recommend this affecting title for adult book clubs too.

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