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.
Using verse and a series of text messages, StVil, author of the self-published Guardians and Noru series, tells the saga of a tormented teen who unexpectedly finds romance. High school junior Shay uses food to fill the hole left by her father's death ("Finally alone, I call on my friends:/ Breakfast burrito. Banana cream pie. Butter"). She also uses it to absorb the painful taunts she receives at school for being fat and the constant nagging from her stepmother to eat more healthfully. Luckily, Shay has two terrific friends and fellow outcasts who make school almost bearable. Then Shay finds another source of comfort: chat-room conversations with an anonymous boy, who gets her sense of humor and thinks she's pretty special. When Shay finds out her confidante is popular Blake Harrison from school, who is dating her nemesis, she panics. 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. Ages 12 up.
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