Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl bully in school. When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn't want to tell him who she is. But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake’s love prevails. Girls Like Me is a fun and fresh poetic take on teen angst, social media and online anonymity, and high school romance.
About the Author
Lola StVil was seven when she first came to the United States from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. She is the author of the best-selling Guardians series and the Noru series.
Read an Excerpt
I whip out fake smile reserved for Monday mornings, cheerleaders Stepmoms Kara stitches series of mom-esque words Forming dubious praise
“Your face is so pretty this morning” = You look fat
“I made egg white omelets and wheat toast” = So you will no longer be fat
“It’s nice out. You should walk home today.” = So you can be less fat
Kara is stuck With me Shay Summers: pretty-faced fat girl who Reads. Writes. Thinks. Too much
Dad diedSelfish, Dad, very selfish.
“Don’t be late for school” = Don’t stay behind, pig out, get more fat
Flashes her best fake smile The one she keeps in the freezer So that it stays Frozen In Place
“See you later”
Finally alone, I call on my friends: Breakfast burrito. Banana cream pie. Butter.
They are all missing There’s been a massacre
Kara’s soldiers: Fat-free Sugar-free Reduced Lite Skim
Wiped out all my friends Not even condiments Remain
I recall My love
Could it survive savage, unprovoked attack? Scour area Attempt rescue
No survivors Rest in peace, Apple-wood bacon
Flash of red packaging Resembles my lover’s face
A prayer A hope Fragile but real
Pull in closer Oscar Mayer Bacon!Turkey bacon? All is lost . . .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love it
OMG I loved this book. Girls like me is like non-realistic but, worth it book. It is so lovable that I used to carry it around reading it over and over again until, one day I lost my copy.
Literally, not what i expected. I LOVED IT THOUGHT! This is a book for romantics who don't care about others judgements
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I couldn’t. Part of why I couldn’t is how it was written. Sometimes I couldn’t tell WHO was talking. Which is a huge problem. I like prose. I like books written in prose. But I need to know who is talking and not be confused as to who is talking. The author is good. I just think this book needed possibly another round of editing where someone went “hey, maybe make it a little clearer on WHO is talking at all times because it’s really vague at times”. Also, punctuation. There was no punctuation, no quotation marks (which goes back to people talking) so internal monologues vs people talking vs reading letters was hard to differentiate at times. Re-reading at times was necessary. I liked the cover. I did. Honestly. It’s minimal enough that it can catch your attention but tells you enough about the book that you can figure out if it’s for you to even bother reading the blurb.