Hello everyone! First off, happy Halloween!. Today, I have a very-non Halloween-y post coming your way. This is my blog tour stop for the Girls Like Us blog tour! It was a very interesting, very stylistic novel set in the early 70s. Despite being set nearly 40 years ago, a lot of the themes are still very relevant today, making for a very powerful read. Keep scrolling to learn more about the book and the author, read my thoughts about it, and enter for a chance to win your own copy!
Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours, Feiwel Friends, and Randi Pink for including me on this tour and sending me a copy of the book for review!
About the Book
Title: GIRLS LIKE US
Author: Randi Pink
Pub. Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.
Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is that they’re dealing with unplanned pregnancies.
In rural Georgia, Izella is wise beyond her years, but burdened with the responsibility of her older sister, Ola, who has found out she’s pregnant. Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, but doesn’t fully understand the extent of her predicament. When her father sends her to Chicago to give birth, she meets the final narrator, Susan, who is white and the daughter of an anti-choice senator.
Randi Pink masterfully weaves four lives into a larger story – as timely as ever – about a woman’s right to choose her future.
About the Author
A native and resident of Birmingham, AL, Randi Pink leverages her unique experience with her southern roots when she writes. Randi is a mother, a wife, a writer, an advocate, a fighter, a friend, and so much more. Through a platform of encouragement, advice, and love, Randi loves connecting with the community around her and her loyal community of readers.
Randi Pink is a proud student of University of Alabama at Birmingham’s creative writing program. In 2013, Randi gained her inspiration for her first novel when working on an assignment for a Children’s Literature course. Although it was originally titled “TOYA”, Randi’s first novel “Into White” was published in 2016 and can be found on the shelves of Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Read more about this novel here.
After publishing her first novel, Randi started got right to work on her second novel, “Girls Like Us”. Inspired by the passing of shocking policies for abortion and other threats to women’s rights in her home state as well as her nation, Randi decided it was time to humanize the faces behind abortion. “Girls Like Us” will hit the shelves in October 2019.
Randi continues to write every day, from short stories that you can find in Randi’s Room to personal writings for herself and her close network. Randi can be found promoting her next book, in her garden, and soaking up family time with her favorite people.
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I’ll start out by saying that Girls Like Us by Randi Pink is not my typical read. I’m usually a fantasy or sci-fi girl. Realistic, historical fiction is not really my cup of tea. Still, I found myself drawn to the book and the issues it deals with, because even in 2019, a lot of it is still relevant.
Right from the start of the novel, you’re really thrust into the world due to the stylistic writing and authentic character voices. I was originally intimidated by this and struggled to relate to the characters with a very different lifestyle than me, but as I continued to read, I fell in love with the characters. Mississippi, or “Sippi” as she was known was probably my favorite, as she was a sweet character who definitely went through something she didn’t deserve. All of the girls were relatable in their own ways, even Ola and Izella’s desperate, secretive actions. Even in the drier, 3rd person POV I could really understand these characters and empathize with them. The novel really shows off the expectations and harsh realities of the time period, which both contrast and overlap with modern society.
While this book is YA, it didn’t really feel like a typical YA book. Maybe it was the writing style, but it some ways it reminded me more of literary fiction pieces along the lines of Their Eyes Were Watching God or Beloved (albeit far less stylistic.) This isn’t a bad thing at all, and I think that the tone might actually help it stick more as an important literary piece that could be included in classroom discussions.
I think that my main issue was the ending. I won’t spoil it, but it’s set in modern times, and while it does do well to connect the issues presented earlier in the book to the present, I felt that it wasn’t necessary and turned this beautifully written piece into more of a political message. (Don’t get me wrong, the politics were there all along, but the final chapter felt very direct and forced.)
All-in-all, I would definitely recommend this book! People with interest in realistic, historical fiction and interest in abortion rights will enjoy this novel. I would give it 4/5 stars for being a bit dry at times and for the ending, but in general I did enjoy it enough to finish it in less than a day!
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