Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Talk: GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Quincy and Biddie know how other people look at them. As Special-Ed kids (Speddies) they are something less than human. As graduates of their high school program, they are expected to help each other transition into the real world. Sharing an apartment with overweight, constantly frightened Biddie is the last thing Quincy wants hanging around her neck as she tries to move onto this new phase.

Always ready for a fight, Quincy pitches her fit, but nobody listens. She's stuck with a roomie who's more Speddie than she is, one who can't hardly walk out the front door unless someone is with her. But when Quincy mouths off to the wrong person at her new job, she finds out that there are good reasons why Biddie is scared of the real world. And having a friend beside her to face people that don't understand them might be a better survival tactic than always having her fists up.

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