What Kind Of Girl was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review by Netgally. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: What Kind Of Girl
Author: Alyssa B Sheinmel
Publication date: 1st February 2020
Rating: 4 STARS
Girl In Pieces meets Moxie in this unflinching exploration of the many forms of abuse society inflicts upon women, and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth.
The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?
Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.
This story is really close to my heart. Although I never was in an abusive relationship. I have been abused by someone I loved so I really connected with the main character Maya in this story.
This is a dual perspective novel with a twist. We follow two main characters Maya and her best friend but each chapter title is broken up into the different types of labels that they are associated with. For example: the popular girl, the anxious girl, the bulimic, etc. I really loved the way Alyssa did this and proved that there are many labels associated with people that no one really sees.
What kind of girl does not just discuss relationship abuse but also discuss mental illness and how much people suffer in silence so people see them as “normal”. These hard topics are discussed and written with the utmost care, empathy and attention.
In my opinion I feel like the abuse in this story was accurately described and it truly showed the teeny tiny signs that an abuser takes control and starts their abuse. Although this abuse turned physical it also showed the mental and psychological abuse that starts before the violence like the isolation, control and so much more.
The main message in this novel to stand up for yourself and it’s okay to speak up which I really really loved. This story was not a five star read for me because I was left a little disappointed at the ending. I wanted more and wanted to find out what happened with Mike.
This is definitely a book I believe that everyone should read. It is such an important story and I truly believe that you will learn a lot from this book about abuse and mental illness.
About The Author
Alyssa Sheinmel is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults, including A Danger to Herself and Others and Faceless. She is the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and currently lives and writes in New York City. Follow her on Instagram @alyssasheinmel and Twitter @AlyssaSheinmel or visit her online at www.alyssasheinmel.com