Girls Like Me Paperback – November 1, 2017
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About the Author
- Publisher : Bedazzled Ink Publishing (November 1, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 198 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1945805358
- ISBN-13 : 978-1945805356
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 8.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #644,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After being released from the ward, Banjo goes home to her mom and her adult sister and her young nephew, where she must navigate her grief, her family's intricate storyline, and her own decision of whether she will keep the baby or give it up for adoption to a married queer couple. Her partner, who commits suicide before the book begins, was Transgender, as is another key character in the story.
I applaud Ms. Packebush for not only telling the story of a queer teen, but also for her inclusion of Trans/non-binary teen characters. I cannot stress enough the importance of LGBTQ teens seeing themselves reflected in literature. The story is extremely well-written and the characters shine as full people, not one-dimensional at all. The flashbacks to Grey and Banjo's scenes before Grey's death are written with grace and aplomb as well, which is not an easy task (to interweave a non-chronoligical timeline into a story.)
Overall I would definitely recommend this book, although there are a few minor typos in the edition I read, I am sure those will be fixed in the next edition! This book is good for teens, parents of teens, teen parents, queer teens, and parents of kids who are queer/trans/or questioning. Would be great to read WITH your teen as a way to open discourse about these topics.
KEYWORDS: mental health, mental illness, queerness, parenting, teen pregnancy, positive queer stories, queer youth, non-binary, trans, transgender
The beauty of Nina's writing lies not only in being able to provide an unapologetic and realistic voice to a group of people that have been marginalized for far too long but in the way she brings her characters alive. As a former teen mama, I shared some similar experiences with Banjo and found myself thinking about her long after I finished this story. Nina really nailed the feeling of what it's like to struggle to carry on living after tragedy, our broken mental health system, the ostracization of teen mothers, especially young queer mothers. Even though this book is fiction the authenticity of her subject and of her characters can not be denied. It is my sincere hope that this book finds it way into the right hands and places because I firmly believe that there are people out there who need to know they are not alone and that there is hope.
I will anxiously be awaiting a sequel.
By Savannah on November 22, 2017