Hope knows there's only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the perfect boy . . . because that's how the universe works, even though it's so completely wrong.
Parker doesn't feel perfect. She knows if everyone knew the truth about her, they'd never be able to get past it. So she keeps quiet. She focuses on making it through the day with her secret safe . . . even as this becomes harder and harder to do. And Hope isn't making it any easier. . . .
In Just Another Girl, Elizabeth Eulberg astutely and affectingly shows us how battle lines get drawn between girls -- and how difficult it then becomes to see or understand the girl standing on the other side of the divide.
You think you have an enemy.
But she's just another girl.
Hope and Parker aren't friends and never will be each girl has something the other wants. Hope is eager for her best friend Brady (Parker's current boyfriend) to see her as more than a friend, and Parker longs for Hope's uncomplicated life. Because of these mutual jealousies, the girls have never bothered to really get to know each other, until Hope's mother hires Parker to tutor Hope. Eulberg (We Can Work It Out) tells this story through the two teens' alternating perspectives, and each storyline involves a countdown: Hope's story follows her path to a Rube Goldberg machine competition in Cleveland with Brady, while Parker is counting the days until graduation, when she can finally leave town and start her life anew. Though the story is engaging and Parker's personal history deeply troubling, the focus on the girls' petty jealousies and general misconceptions of each other starts to become repetitive. Eulberg touches on difficult subjects that include child abandonment, alcoholism, and embezzlement, but doesn't really dig into them. Ages 14 up.
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Just another girl
There were many ups and down but Hope,Brady,Parker, and Hayley got through them 💜