Author: Lola St. Vil
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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.~Goodreads
How freakin’ adorable is this cover?! When I saw it I was like, “OMG! That is so me! When did they take that picture of me with my phone?” :P
Girls Like Me is a quick, yet satisfying read. From the very first verse to the last I was hooked!
I absolutely LOVED Shay. She was both a smart-ass and just plain smart, a reader, an eater, just plain real and raw. This girl has to deal with so much during the course of this novel. She has to learn to cope and move on from a major loss, she has to figure out how to connect (and not murder) her step-mom, she has to not let a bully at school get the best of her, all while struggling with her appearance. But what I loved about Shay is that she doesn’t back down from a challenge. She doesn’t conform. And she stays her sassy self throughout the book.
Shay ends up connecting to a random stranger, or so she thinks, online and the rest is history. Godot (said stranger) is flirty and funny and Shay can’t help falling for him. Turns out, he’s also the most popular guy at Shay’s school. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “how cliché” but oh my goodness gracious, their interactions are so FREAKIN’ adorable! They basically fall for each other over emails and texts. I just! GAH! I can’t even describe to you how sexy, funny and sweet Shay and Godot’s cyber conversations were! ALL THE HEARTS!
Of course, I can NOT forget get to mention how freakin’ awesome her friends are! I want to join the group. Dash and Boots are freakin’ amazing friends. Also, I completely loved how Lola gave them a story. They were just as detailed and emotionally complex as Shay. The snippets we get of them? Omg, they both need their own book!
Girls Like Me is a heartwarming read about a girl finding love, learning life lessons and letting go of things she can’t control. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this one.
I can’t wait to read more from Lola!