Girls Like Us

by | Read by Lauren Ezzo, Brittany Pressley

Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing

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.

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AudioFile Review

Girls Like Us

Narrators Lauren Ezzo and Brittany Pressley create distinct, powerful portraits of 18-year-olds Biddy and Quincy, special education students who are placed in the same home. Biddy’s tenderness is lyrically expressed as she finds images to express her emotions. Quincy is sarcastic, sassy, and scornful of her new roommate. The unique gifts and strength of these characters are quickly apparent and compelling in Ezzo and Pressley’s alternating first-person narrations. Both narrators make dialect sing and the heroines’ poignant stories of abuse and prejudice sound genuine. The girls’ individual growth and mutual caring build believably until a violent experience unifies them and heightens the tension. Honest, haunting, at some times heartbreaking and at other times humorous, the story is ultimately triumphant. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine

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