Sunday, March 5, 2017
Book review: Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg
You resent her. You can't stand her. You might even hate her.
But you don't know her at all.
Hope knows there's only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the perfect boy . . . because that's how the universe works, even though it's so completely wrong.
Parker doesn't feel perfect. She knows if everyone knew the truth about her, they'd never be able to get past it. So she keeps quiet. She focuses on making it through the day with her secret safe . . . even as this becomes harder and harder to do. And Hope isn't making it any easier. . . .
In Just Another Girl, Elizabeth Eulberg astutely and affectingly shows us how battle lines get drawn between girls -- and how difficult it then becomes to see or understand the girl standing on the other side of the divide.
You think you have an enemy. But she's just another girl.
Ahhh....this review is going to be hard to write because there's not a lot to write without being spoilery. I struggled with this at the beginning because I did not like Hope. But...as a I read more, I saw why Hope had to start off as she did. It was a close call, though -- I almost gave up on the book. I don't really see a way around this set up because we need to see and understand Hope's POV to understand Parker's. Maybe Parker's could have come in earlier? I don't know. At any rate, I decided to push through and I'm glad I did; I adored Parker as I got to know her. Parker is just a really great girl. She always has a positive attitude when she had no reason to, she is a hard worker, smart, independent, and always with a spirit of gratitude.
I really enjoy what Elizabeth Eulberg did with this story. It illustrates such a good point in a simple way that any teenager can relate to. You always hear the saying about not knowing what someone is going through until you walk a mile in his or her shoes; this book shows a perfect example of that in high school. But even though it's about and geared toward young adults, the same message applies to adults in the work place, and really anyone at any time or place.
Just Another Girl is a quick read with a deep message that was a really enjoyable ride. It will be published on March 28, 2017 by Scholastic and I definitely recommend it!
Thank you to Scholastic for providing me with an advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.