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. Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, but doesn’t fully understand the extent of her predicament. When her father sends her to Chicago to give birth, she meets the final narrator, Susan, who is white and the daughter of an anti-choice senator.Randi Pink masterfully weaves four lives into a larger story – as timely as ever – about a woman’s right to choose her future.

Girls Like Us Details

TitleGirls Like Us
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
PublisherFeiwel Friends
ISBN-139781250155856
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Feminism

Girls Like Us Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    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 manages to repeat itself, like the circle of life. I felt c 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 manages to repeat itself, like the circle of life. I felt connected to these four teenagers. Neither of them knows what to do with the news that they are having a baby, and in the case of Izella, with the news that her sister is pregnant. Ola, Missippi and Sue did not plan their pregnancies and they do not know what to do now. In the case of Missippi and Sue, the decision is taken for them—they are sent to a house where girls give birth to babies. In the case of Ola, whose boyfriend is not ready to become a father, her sister Izella is doing everything she can to help her out.It’s an accessible story, despite the heavy themes. The writing is clear, as is the message the author is trying to convey. Unplanned pregnancies often happen because of a lack of protection during intercourse, but it’s not always about forgetting to use protection. Some girls are pressured into having sex without a condom. Some girls are forced, period. There is not one single situation that leads to an unplanned pregnancy, which is why I think it was important to the author to tell the story of four girls instead of just one. I really enjoyed reading it because of how invested I was in the lives of these girls and because it made me realize that an unplanned pregnancy can happen to almost anyone so I couldn’t help but take it very seriously. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    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 that timeline.
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    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 reading, I could not put it down. This book su 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 reading, I could not put it down. This book sucks you in from the first page and the fact that it tells three different stories made me continue to read and wondering what was next for these characters. I liked the references to The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison since Girls Like Us was reminiscent of that book and explored some of the same topics.Ola and Izella were sisters living in rural Georgia with their evangelist mother who ran a small church out of their house. Ola is sixteen and Izella is only fifteen, but seems to be the more mature one out of the two of them. When they find out Ola is pregnant, Izella seems to take it on her shoulders to figure out what to do and Ola is reliant on her. She wants to help her sister and doesn’t want their mother to find out about it. In that same town, a fourteen-year-old named Missippi is also pregnant but she doesn’t seem to understand the magnitude of that. She really is a sweet, innocent girl who is left home by herself entirely too often for how young she is. The last girl is seventeen-year-old Sue who is from an affluent family. She finds out she is pregnant and goes to her mother immediately who has a solution for how they will deal with it.All these girls are understandably scared and in over their head with this problem. When Missippi’s father finds out she’s pregnant. she is sent to Chicago to live with a woman who takes in pregnant girls, taking care of them and helping them deliver when the time comes. Sue is sent to this same apartment by her mother. Sue and Missippi bond immediately and become fast friends, while for Izella and Ola, they figure out a way to take care of the pregnancy without their mother ever finding out. The story progresses from there giving background about how each of these girls ended up pregnant and the bonds that are formed during hard times.Missippi was my absolutely favourite character. I thought her story was the most heartbreaking when first learning of it and how she became pregnant. She was the sweetest, innocent fourteen-year-old who you just wanted to wrap up in your arms and never let go. It was clear from the start that her story was tragic or that was the feeling I got when I started reading her chapter. She was such a pure character who still maintained her innocence despite the things she’d endured in her short life. She grew considerably after giving birth and I liked that as well. Sue was my next favourite character because she was outspoken and she did not take no crap from anybody. She knew what she wanted in her life and she stood for something even if it was contradictory to her senator father’s views. The way she took to Missippi endeared her to me even more. Ola and Izella… their story was very complicated. The pregnancy created a rift in their once close relationship and they were never able to repair it. They were both entirely too young to deal with something of this magnitude on their own but they did not realise that until it was too late.The ending of this book was amazing and I loved seeing the ‘now’ with all the characters. It was great to see where the girls’ lives ended up after dealing with their pregnancies. Showing the great-granddaughter of one of the women and the ruling that was handed down in the beginning of that chapter, brought everything into prospective. Girls Like Us was so well written and had strong characters that you couldn’t help but connect, cry and hurt with.Girls Like Us was powerful, heartbreaking, and a book that will always stick with me for the rest of my days. Randi Pink did a magnificent job of telling each girls’ story and making you see every angle and argument people may have about women’s rights to choose. It is a book that needed to be written and I am happy and honoured I was able to read and review a copy of this book.
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  • Bookishrealm
    January 1, 1970
    Update! Here’s my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....Damn....
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    January 1, 1970
    Second 2019 YA book I've seen so far that is dealing with this topic and all I can say is.... It's about damn time!
  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    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 else looks down upon, Mississippi. When younger Eliza r 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 else looks down upon, Mississippi. When younger Eliza realizes her Ola is pregnant by her veteran boyfriend, who is suffering from severe PTSD, she scrambles to save her sister from terrible future. Mississippi is fourteen, pregnant, and lives in a small unkept home. She has a kind father who drives a truck and gone for weeks. She’s never had a mother to show her how to keep a home or even take care of herself. She is a true innocent who really couldn’t tell you how she is in this situation. She just lives for the days when Evangeline comes with cheese grits and she has something besides biscuits to eat. Sue is heartfelt protestor of war and conflict. She is also the daughter of senator who supports Vietnam war. When she become pregnant by her privileged boyfriend, and comes home for solace, she discovers more to herself and where she comes from.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 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. Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, but doesn’t fully understand the extent of her predicament. When her father sends her to Chicago to give birth, she meets the final narrator, Susan, who is white and the daughter of an anti-choice senator.Randi Pink masterfully weaves four lives into a larger story – as timely as ever – about a woman’s right to choose her future.Review: I loved the message that the book tried to present and I think the writing was really good. The book was good and the characters were enduring.However, I didn't like that the girls didn't really do anything more than what was expected of them. I didn't like that not one of them defied the norm. The book is touching, but I expected better.Verdict: It's good but I think they should have done better.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    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 fantastic side characters (a woman who house 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 fantastic side characters (a woman who houses teenage girls and helps them through pregnancy, Missippi's father, Sue's mother), and the cast is diverse. There some fairly graphic descriptions of pregnancy and birth which I think are important for girls to know about, and some pretty tough topics (abortion, reproductive rights) are tackled.My only real complaint here is the final section, which takes place in a maybe-not-so-distant future where Roe vs. Wade has been overturned and a girl with a bright future suddenly has her right to choose taken away. While I don't dislike the section in and of itself, it just feels like a sudden jolt considering the historical setting of the rest of the book. Though the girl in the last section has connections to our characters in the past, it feels like an in-your-face political stance tacked on to a beautiful, subtle story.
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  • Ivana
    January 1, 1970
    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 fiction novel and ending dramatically and abruptly in the 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 fiction novel and ending dramatically and abruptly in the future/present-day. The chapters were long, but there were two supershort (less than one page) ones that felt awkwardly thrown together. There was also a plot line involving the character Mississippi that wasn’t fully addressed.Overall, this book does show that a woman’s right to choose affects everyone, regardless of background. The storylines just weren’t properly executed.Full disclosure- I received an advanced reader’s copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for honest review.
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  • Eilis
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the inclusiveness and positivity that this book provided. I felt the girl power throughout it.
  • Constance
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    January 1, 1970
    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 for it.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 for it.This book really gave me similar feelings to what I had reading All the Bad Apples, but more instantly. From the get go, we know that this book deals with unplanned pregnancies, and from the get go, we know that not all of these girls are going to have a perfect ending to this journey. Now, this isn’t really a spoiler because of the time period that this book takes place in.Not only does teenage pregnancy get an extremely bad rep during the 70’s, but abortion isn’t legal either. So unless a girl is able to find someone to give her an illegal and probably hella dangerous abortion without people finding out, then she either is shamed by society or sent to some hideaway house where she and a bunch of other girls will have to have their babies in secret. Clearly, this wasn’t only happening in the United States, because All the Bad Apples takes place in Ireland, and that was the same thing going on there.Looking at the quote that I shared above, you would think that this would apply to sooooooo many people that can see that these girls need help. Need better help than what’s available. And not just our main girls, but so many girls and women during this time period that didn’t want to get pregnant, aren’t ready to be mothers, whatever the case may be. But it’s like that line supposedly only applies to people that are dealing with “noble” reasons, like losing their job because of the war, or whatever else is going on. A girl being pregnant? No, she’s a sinner and a whore and deserves to suffer. Because that’s okay, right?Ugh this time period seriously pisses me off when it comes to these kinds of thought processes, and that’s why this book was so emotional to me. I could just imagine the women and girls living in the 70’s that risked their lives to get unsanctioned abortions, trying to get their lives back and still get shunned or abandoned by those that are supposed to love them no matter what. All of those feelings of anger, hurt, and frustration came back up while I was reading this, and books like these hurt to read so much because I start to identify with their situations and want to jump into the book and freaking HELP THEM. But I can’t!This book just took a lot out of me, and I feel like every other page I was shaking my head with the pain that these girls had to go through, the criticism, and the heartache. While I did not enjoy this book in the traditional sense – meaning I wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows and smiling while I read this – I felt like this was such an important read, and one that I needed to have in my life. It really made me stop and think, think about the people my mom knew growing up that were in this same situation, what they had to go through, and what would have happened to me if I was in their shoes. How lucky my mom was that her family didn’t disown her, even though she was already 21 and about to graduate from college by the time I was born. She was still young, and that wasn’t something that her family was expecting at all.This just really gave me a lot of feelings.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    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 its heart it deals with the right of a woman to choo 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 its heart it deals with the right of a woman to choose what will happen when she becomes pregnant, a choice that was limited in those days and might be limited yet again with new Supreme Court rulings on the matter. Fifteen-year-old Izella isn't pregnant, but she knows her older sister, Ola, and there is no way that they can tell their very religious mother, Evangelist or face the judgment of their Valdosta, Georgia, community. Izella takes drastic measures on behalf of her sister, but her efforts end in tragedy. Missippi, who lives nearby, is far too young to be pregnant or to fend off the advances of her uncle, and her father brings her to Chicago to stay in a safe house while awaiting birth. Susan, a musician and social activist, is torn about what to do about her own pregnancy, but she, too, comes to stay in Chicago at the safe house and bonds with Missippi. While the ending is a bit abrupt for me, the poem with which Tyesha, a descendant of Missippi's, expresses her rage and concern about what may happen to women who are pregnant and have limited or dangerous choices left to them, is beautifully written and expresses my sentiments about this topic exactly. It packs a wallop. The Author's Note adds relevance and context for the stories told her, reminding readers of the judgment often laid upon the pregnant women and not those who have impregnated them. Although at first the letters to Susan from her mother, Margaret, were a bit jarring, they ended up being an excellent addition to the book since they described one woman's life of quiet desperation and possible regret for a choice that she made earlier in her life. If nothing else, this book will surely spark heated debate and a heightened awareness that the right to choose is essential and worth protecting. I couldn't read it fast enough, and these young women all came to life for me in the book's pages, making me care about their fates and hope for the best.
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  • Michelle Adamo #emptynestreader
    January 1, 1970
    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 Chicago to live with Mrs. Pearline, a woman who take 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 Chicago to live with Mrs. Pearline, a woman who takes in unwed, pregnant teens and cares for them through their delivery. One is pregnant by a guy she thought she knew, the other is pregnant as a result of rape by her uncle. The other two girls are sisters, the oldest of whom is pregnant by her boyfriend, a Vietnam Veteran suffering from severe PTSD. Although the older sister fantasizes about marriage and family, even her damaged boyfriend realizes that he is no condition to be a father. The sisters try to keep the pregnancy to themselves. They secretly turn to an elderly neighbor for help.Each of these girls faces desperate choices. They are too young to get married, too young to be mothers themselves. They don’t fully understand the consequences of their situations or what it means to be a mother. “How many women have gone through this? Tye thought. How many still are? Silently and alone.”Girls Like Us is a moving and heart-breaking story. It shows the difficult choices that women of all ages are forced into when faced with an unwanted pregnancy “So many babies with no destination. How many babies must there be like this in the world?" A chilling reminder of what life for women and girls was like before a woman’s right to choose. Especially relevant today as women’s rights are once again under attack. ““Back then, we had no choice, you see?” said Grandma Sippi. “I can’t say that I could’ve gone through with something like that if I could’ve, but a choice would’ve been a good thing. I was a child myself. A clueless one, to boot.””⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️For more book reviews follow me on Instagram at #emptynestreader and on Goodreads#girlslikeus #randipink #feiwelandfriends #youngadult #historicalfiction #family #teenpregnancy #childabuse #incest #bookstagramalabama #bookstagrammichigan #readalittlelearnalittlelivealittle
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    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 school 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 school audiences and above.-If you are looking for a flowery, empowering book that's rah-rah for girl power, you won't find this book whispering that message with saccharine smiles. This book comes out violent and angry and screaming, as red hot with rage as it's cover. It is a brutally honest, heart-wrenching kind of tragedy that leaves you shaken with every chapter. It gives young women set in a predicament just like Ola, Izella, Sue, and Missippi, in 1972 or in today's era, a voice, and it does so without regret. It is a church bell of awakening about teenage pregnancy, especially in urban or poor areas with low or restricted sexual education, and Randi Pink writes out such a truth with no holds barred. At times, the book's graphic depiction of pregnancy comes off as mildly creepy at points, which diminishes it's overall value. It also comes off as Pink's personal opinionated letter at times, especially during the epilogue "now" chapter, which I felt was unnecessary and succinctly summarized in the author's note.However, it's faults were worth it. This story is damaged. It reads like something that has been through a forest fire and made it out through the other side.The book's left me with emotions I cannot express in a review with written words. I felt anxiety and dread and anger and sadness for these characters. It was like experiencing a tragedy in my own hands. I strongly recommend it if you can tolerate the truth, no matter how horrible it may be.
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  • Jodi
    January 1, 1970
    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 name Evangelist, being both mama and pr 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 name Evangelist, being both mama and preacher. Izella discovers her sister is pregnant and bears the burden of helping Ola "fix" the problem. The second narrator, Missippi, is a motherless child whose father drives a big rig for a living and isn't home much. Evangelist visits Missippi and brings her cheese grits, the only food she can stomach in her pregnancy. When her father comes home from a long haul and discovers his daughter's condition, he takes her to Chicago, where there lives a woman named Ms. Pearline who takes in pregnant girls and delivers their babies.It is here that Missippi meets "best friend" Sue, the new arrival to Ms. Pearline's after one of the other girls gives birth and goes home. Sue is white, which surprises Missippi and the other two residents staying with Ms. Pearline, but Sue and Missippi become fast friends. As the story develops, Pink beautifully elaborates on each narrator's situation while interweaving them together. In the end, all three narrators become lifelong friends, with both Izella and Sue serving as "godmamas" to Missippi's twin babies.The final chapter provides a chilling ending, but you'll have to read it yourself to find out why I say that. No spoilers! But Girls Like Us is a poignant look back at the sad situation pregnant girls found themselves in, while also emphasizing that being pregnant as a teen didn't necessarily end a woman's life journey.
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  • Tamara Morning
    January 1, 1970
    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 own—and 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 own—and she’s too young to understand what the ramifications are. When her father sends her to Chicago to a woman who will take care of her until she has the babies, she meets Sue, also pregnant and the daughter of a pro-life senator. Four different girls. Four different stories. All facing the same issue.This book was not what I thought it would be. It’s rougher than I would like not, not fully polished, and while it’s about an emotional topic, I never felt an emotional connection with any of the characters. I found Izella and Ola basically unlikable, although I did like Missippi and Sue. The sisters’ choices show their ignorance of reality—perhaps due to their almost-cloistered upbringing—while Missippi is a character I felt sorry for, making the best of a horrible situation. Sue, on the other hand, is full of great motives, but zero follow-through. She talks a good game, but her rebellion vanishes in the face of opposition. (Galley courtesy of Feiwel & Friends via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)More reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day
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  • Thindbooks
    January 1, 1970
    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. At first, I thought the chapters were too long and 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. At first, I thought the chapters were too long and needed to be shorted but as the story went it was perfect as it was. The author, Randi Pink, did an incredible job of showing how teen pregnancies are hard and that family matters. This book showed positivity and there aren't many books out there that are written like this. I was hooked from page one and would most likely be reading more of Randi Pink's books in the future.
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  • Sarah See
    January 1, 1970
    "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 subjected to when they found out they were pregnant "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 subjected to when they found out they were pregnant. The book does discuss sexual assault (off the page), abortion, and reproductive rights especially in the flash forward at the end of the book when it imagines a present day scenario of Roe v. Wade being repealed. It is a book for older teenagers (versus middle school).
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  • Lisa C
    January 1, 1970
    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 multicultural and socioeconomic issues faced by young girls 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 multicultural and socioeconomic issues faced by young girls who had no choice before Roe vs. Wade. It is a story of powerless girls who become powerful.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    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 over the issue.Thanks to NetGalley and t 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 over the issue.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    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 readers, but not one with massively wide a 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 readers, but not one with massively wide appeal.I read an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lee Malone
    January 1, 1970
    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 exchange for an honest review)
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  • Chrissie Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    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 and features four different teen girls dealing with unp 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 and features four different teen girls dealing with unplanned pregnancies before Roe v Wade.  Izella and her older sister Ola are trying to hide Ola's pregnancy from their mother when Izella comes up with a plan to "take care of things."  Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant and is sent off to Chicago to be cared for by a woman who shelters pregnant girls and helps them when the time comes to give birth.  While in Chicago, she meets several other pregnant girls including Susan, the daughter of a prominent anti-choice senator. Their stories are all heartbreaking, though in very different ways. And, though I don't like to give spoilers, I don't think it will spoil too much to admit that there are bits of tragedy thrown into the mix.  Definitely not a "feel good" story, but a very important story to be told. Add this one to your #TBR list for when it comes out at the end of the month.Happy Reading!
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  • Libby
    January 1, 1970
    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 recommend this book to so many young people in my lif 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 recommend this book to so many young people in my life.
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  • Jenni
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 honest review.
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