(not) Just Another Girl - Review

My favorite moment of YallFest was the moment David Levithan handed me Just Another Girl and told me I needed to read it. Like, any book David hands me I would probably read - for real. Plus just look at that cover! And Elizabeth is so dang lovely. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read Just Another Girl.

Alright, how many of you are tired of the same ol’ love triangle story? You know, girl is in love with her boy BFF but he has this super hot but totally undeserving girlfriend? It’s set up so nicely - girl BFF totally deserves him! Look how she’s always there for him! They’d be so cute together! 

You truly don’t know somebody until you’ve spent a day in his or her shoes.

That’s what we are taught, right? Trope Trope Trope. And I LOVE how Elizabeth turns this trope upside down and explores both sides of the agenda in this dual POV. Bonus that the boyfriend isn’t part of the problem but factors into the larger picture and there are supportive adults to balance out the less than fabulous ones. 

This is overall a cute story with some depth to it. It’s short because it doesn’t waste any time getting through the arc. Readers will be left satisfied with a full heart!


by Elizabeth Eulberg
Published: March 28h 2017
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Publisher (via David Levithan)

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.


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