Girls Like Us by Randi Pink

Girls Like Us

Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is that they’re dealing with unplanned pregnancies.In rural Georgia, Izella is wise beyond her years, but burdened with the responsibility of her older sister, Ola, who has found out she’s pregnant. ...

Details Girls Like Us

TitleGirls Like Us
Release DateOct 29th, 2019
PublisherFeiwel Friends
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Feminism

Reviews Girls Like Us

  • Lola
    This is the emotional tale of four girls who must each deal with unplanned pregnancies. It’s also a scary story, because it takes place during the summer of 1972, before abortion was decriminalized. It’s also scary because abortion is still such a controversial topic in the United States and it is not, still today, legal everywhere. Pro-choice and Pro-life debates are still very present and the author wrote this book to show how history manag...
  • Dylan
    3 stars.I guess this just....wasn't what I wanted/was expecting.I thought this book was going to focus on abortion, since the synopsis says that it's so timely, but its hardly spoken about? It says that it's about woman's right to choose her future, but the majority of the characters ended up doing what's expected of them and nothing against "the norm". Idk, I just wish this took place now vs the 70s, I think it would have done a lot better in th...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn MitchellGirls Like Us was a masterpiece that weaved the stories of four girls dealing with unexpected pregnancies in the summer of 1972. This story follows two sisters, Ola and Izella. and two strangers, Missippi and Sue, as they try to deal with matters that no teenager should ever have to deal with. This was such a moving and timely story that I read in one sitting as once I started rea...
  • Bookishrealm
    Update! Here’s my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....Damn....
  • Tina
    A timely novel, telling stories of young women who are victims of others, their own choices, and the times the live in. A deeply moving and appropriate book at a time when women’s bodies are being regulated. Ola and Eliza live with their mother Evangeline who is religious and prides Hesiod in raising Christian girls who are prepared to be good wives. She does charity for anyone she can, feeds everyone, and even visits the girl that everyone els...
  • Paige Green
    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Author: Randi PinkBook Series: Standalone.Rating: 3.5/5Publication Date: October 29, 2019Publisher: Feiwel and FriendsRecommended Age: 16+ (pregnancy, sex)Synopsis: Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pr Disclaimer: I received this boo...
  • Kristen
    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.This was beautiful and heartbreaking and paints a picture of the difficulties teen mothers faced in the 70's. Four young girls share their pregnancy stories (or in Izella's case, her sister's story). The girls come from different backgrounds and situations, and they are all looking for a little kindness, a little acceptance, and a way to move forward.There are some fantasti...
  • Ivana
    This book is about a woman’s right to choose, a timely issue that should be written about and discussed more. It follows the lives of different girls who are affected by unplanned pregnancies in 1972, and ends in the present day/future. I wanted to like this book so much, but ultimately it didn’t read like YA. It didn’t have much dialogue and was pretty dry for teenage readers. It was also inconsistent, starting as a slow-paced historical f...
  • Eilis
    Must read. It feels real and moving and it was so easy to connect with the characters.A short but beautiful story on the importance of women's rights as well as how we can support each other and make each other grow!
  • Samantha land
    I really enjoyed the inclusiveness and positivity that this book provided. I felt the girl power throughout it.
  • Constance
    I can’t wait to read this book!!! The time is now, The issue is being discussed in the news everywhere about women, the atmosphere is ripe,and who better to hear it from...than a woman !!!!
  • Elly Swartz
    Girls Like Us by Randi Pink casts a powerful lens on the issue of a woman’s right to choose at an important time in our history. Pink masterfully weaves a story with heart and soul that reflects how unplanned pregnancy touches the lives of 4 girls in 4 very different and compelling ways. Honest. Raw. Moving. Powerful. A must read.I received an arc of this book.
  • Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Feiwel & Friends, and RockStar Book Tours for this free copy.So I read one of my friend’s reviews before I started this book, and she said that it was a pretty tough book emotionally to read. Not in those words specifically, but that’s pretty much the vibe I got from her review.Well I wasn’t freaking ready...
  • Barbara
    Set in 1972 before Roe v. Wade affirmed the constitutional right of women to a safe and legal abortion, this book explores the choices made by four girls whose lives are changed by an unwanted pregnancy. Readers may be confused at first about how the connections between the girls will be made, but if they read patiently, they will find them. A couple of reviewers noted that this book was not about abortion. To some extent, that is true, but at it...
  • Michelle Adamo #emptynestreader
    Girls Like Us is a YA novel, set in 1972. The story follows 4 teenaged girls (ages 13-17), each dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Three of the girls are themselves pregnant. The fourth is a younger sister who is deeply affected by her older sister’s pregnancy and is angry and frustrated with her for having gotten into this situation. The story is told from the perspective of each of these 4 girls. Two of the girls meet when they are sent to ...
  • Sara
    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance reader's copy of this book. It has no impact on my review.-TW: rape, incest, graphic pregnancy, familial manipulationPlease take discretion before reading this book, as it contains sensitive material. Your mental health is more important than any message.For the sometimes traumatizing nature of the book, I cannot recommend this book to younger audiences in the YA spectrum. My recommendation is for high...
  • Jodi
    In Randi Pink's historical novel Girls Like Us, she presents a story of unplanned teen pregnancies in a time where abortion was not a viable option and pregnant teens, especially in small Southern towns, were shunned or hidden away to have their babies.It is in this environment that we meet two of the three narrators of this story. Izella is the baby sister of a family of women - she has an older sister, Ola, and their mother operates under the n...
  • Tamara Morning
    Title: Girls Like UsAuthor: Randi Pink Genre: YA, historicalRating: 3 out of 5Georgia, 1972.Izella and her sister Ola do everything just as their mother, a very religious woman, tells them. Cooking, cleaning, serving…and most of all, staying out of trouble and not getting pregnant. Except Ola didn’t listen to that last one, and now Izella must get her out of trouble somehow.Their neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, through no fault of her o...
  • Thindbooks
    Can I just say Wow?! This novel is a coming-of-age, family book. This book is well written and has 4 different points of views. The characters were well developed, showed their uniqueness and told the readers how they felt about being pregnant because each story was different. There was one character who wasn't pregnant but she was a sister to a girl who was pregnant which showed us how she felt about it. The plot was well structured and flowed. ...
  • Sarah See
    "Girls Like Us" tackles the topic of teenage pregnancy in the early 1970s by creating a cast of characters who either are pregnant or directly involved with the girl who is pregnant (such as Izella whose sister Ora is the pregnant girl). These girls are African American with one exception of Sue, a white Vietnam war protestor. This novel gives a glimpse into the historical context, social norms of the time/place and the stigmas young women were s...
  • Lisa C
    Girls Like Us is a historical novel that is very timely. The well-developed characters are all pregnant teenagers during a time when choice was not the law of the land. A few of the girls are from loving families but some are cruelly judged by their parents and communities and even cursed by the wicked. All of these girls must leave their home and face pregnancy and delivery in the hidden shadows of Chicago. Girls Like Us addresses both multicult...
  • Leah
    Topical and accessible, giving a historical viewpoint on the topic not typically seen in YA literature. I appreciated the different backstories and outcomes, as well as those characters who were vividly portrayed. I also liked the final section, which brought things even closer to readers today. There was something a bit... unpolished maybe about the writing and abrupt about the endings, but perhaps this is meant to indicate the ongoing battle ov...
  • Tara
    Girls Like Us follows four teenage girls during the 70's who are all dealing with pregnancy. An important historical fiction novel about pregnant teens and how they were treated prior to Roe vs. Wade.I ultimately did like this book and the message it conveyed, but I think it will be difficult for teen readers to relate to. Some of the language was challenging, and it took a long time for everything to weave together. A good choice for strong read...
  • Janet
    Book deals with teen pregnancy in the time before abortion was legal to a possible future where it might be illegal again. Mostly deals with the lives of 5 unwed teens who find themselves pregnant and the paths they take and the impact on their lives. While I think it would be a difficult book for many school libraries, I think it is an important book. Not preachy or judgmental although ending could be taken as a warning.
  • Lee Malone
    Unique and powerfully written, this book had me crying in an airport. Pink weaves together the stories of several different young women, all facing hard choices. What makes this book unforgettable is the voices of the characters. Pink doesn't shy away from some pretty brutal realities of her characters' lives but does it in a way that makes everyone feel human and real, including the adults. Highly recommended.(I received an ARC of this book in e...
  • Chrissie Morrison
    Teen pregnancy is not anything new.  Things have changed quite a bit, though, since teen moms now don't tend to get shipped off to finish their pregnancy and give birth in secret.  Can you even imagine being uprooted from your home, taken away from your support system of friends and family, and then being expected to give birth and give away your child only to pretend it had never happened in the first place?  This story takes place in 1972 an...
  • Libby
    I picked up Girls Like Us knowing exactly nothing about it and I was swiftly wrapped up into a world that felt so real and so true--probably because it doesn't stray too far from the very real history of women and femmes in our not too distant past. Girls Like Us tells a delicious story of friendship and family in the face of life-altering circumstances--making the case for Choice using the nuance that is due to the conversation. I'm going to rec...
  • Jenni
    This book follows the stories of 4 pregnant girls in 1972 America. This was before I came along, so I had to look up some of the references and songs, to better understand the story. But what happened to these girls in the time before Roe vs.Wade and how are they all connected? This is a beautiful story of friendship, with girls of all different backgrounds.
  • Michelle
    I’m still thinking about this book and what I want to say about it. It was heartbreaking, sad, encouraging, maddening, thoughtful and hopeful. I wish we lived in a world where women/girls had choices. Safe and respected choices. I have boys and I remind them often that they have no say in what a woman does with her body. It’s HERS. HER right. No one else’s.Just read it. Trust me.I received an advance readers copy from Edelweiss for an hones...