Take Three Girls

Sterling. Apr. 2021. 432p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781454938279.
Gr 10 Up–Sixteen-year-olds Clem, Kate, and Ady thought they had nothing in common. When they are grouped together during their Australian private school’s wellness class, they realize that they were brought together to support one another through tough times and heartbreaks. They work together to discover who is behind the gossip site PSST which spreads lies and starts rumors about female students’ struggles, relationships, hookups, and sexuality. This story tackles a wide variety of topics such as cyberbullying, body image and self esteem, confidence, making good choices, relationship and dating difficulties, and parental substance abuse. Each chapter, titled based on a wellness class topic, begins with a detailed class worksheet which contains an inspirational quote, discussion points, and a description of a task like a journal entry. The chapters are divided into sections, each one narrated by one of the girls. Some of the pages are formatted like social media posts while others contain the girls’ wellness class journal entries. Readers who are experiencing tough times will connect with the characters, who are strong and resilient. Each girl’s character growth, interests, and how she overcomes challenges is relatable. Throughout the book there is profanity and descriptions of sexual activities.
VERDICT This story will keep readers wondering who is behind the gossip while addressing important teen issues and proving how essential friendship is when dealing with difficult situations.

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