Title: Girls Like Me
Author: Lola St. Vil
Page Count: 310
Shay is a fifteen-year-old who is struggling with life. Her father has passed away, she is overweight and has to deal with her step-mom always trying to make her eat healthy and to top it all off, there is the school bully, Kelly, who just won’t leave Shay alone. She meets a boy online, Blake Harrison and the two hit it off. After a while, Blake is ready to meet Shay in person but she’s not ready to reveal who she is, for fear that he won’t like how she looks. Shay has two best friends, Dash and Boots. Dash is gay and his father is not accepting of him and Boots has a tumor and is dying and won’t accept her fate.
This book is written in a poetry form. I don’t read much poetry (none, actually) and I didn’t like it. Also, the story is so cliche and predictable. It was a cute story and a very quick read, but it was just too simple and the writing style just didn’t do it for me. I think Shay is too hard on her step-mom. Shay thinks the world of her dad and doesn’t understand that her step-mom is just trying to help her cope with his passing. And she just hates her without trying to get to know her. I also think that the conversations between Blake and Shay were not humorous. They joked CONSTANTLY and barely had any serious conversation and it just didn’t seem realistic and again, I didn’t find it funny when it was clearly suppose to be. Some of the jokes went too far. For example, Shay tells Blake about how her mom left her and her dad and she jokes that she killed her. That isn’t funny, in my opinion. It’s just bad taste.
If you like the style of poetry and cliche, predictable stories, then you might like this one. But not me, unfortunately. It was cute, but that wasn’t enough.