What Kind of Girl

Sourcebooks/Fire. Feb. 2020. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781492667278.
Gr 9 Up–Mike Parker’s girlfriend of six months goes to the principal with a secret—Mike hit her, causing California’s North Bay Academy to take sides on who they believe. Everyone loves golden boy Mike, a junior and track star, but the incident spurs students to plan a rally against domestic violence. Maya didn’t tell anyone when the abuse started three months ago, not even her best friend Junie, a lesbian who is in therapy for self-harm. Maya has also kept another painful secret—the fact that she is making herself throw up. While the school administration debates how to handle Maya’s accusation against Mike, Maya and Junie attempt to deal with their respective illnesses on their own, but quickly realize that they are stronger together. Though the story takes place over only one week, the pacing is slow near the end, which may cause loss of interest.
VERDICT Fans of Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie and Kathleen Glasgow’s Girl in Pieces will enjoy this multiple points-of-view novel for the highly relevant subject matter, including domestic violence, self-harm, eating disorders, and mental illness. Recommended for purchase for its diverse characters and timely topics.

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