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What Kind of Girl

by Alyssa Sheinmel

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults

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The title of this highly empathetic and nuanced novel continues to cleverly resonate when we see chapters headed “the bulimic,” “the cool girl,” “the girlfriend,” “the popular girl”, “the best friend” and so on. At first, we do not identify these first-person narrators, but they soon begin to mesh and enable us to have a real depth of understanding of the main characters and emphasises the conflicting roles that girls feel themselves forced to inhabit.  Taking place over a timeline that spans just a week, a high school is rocked and divided by the revelation that Mike, a popular high achiever and ‘golden boy’ student, has given his girlfriend, Maya, a black eye. Subsequent rumours result in split opinions about Maya: some believe that Mike should be expelled, while others think he might not have been her abuser. Maya’s best friend, Junie, from whom she’s become distanced due to Mike’s isolating behaviour, is also dealing with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder which she copes with by cutting and Maya’s relationship anxiety has also prompted bulimia. This is an unflinching, hard-hitting novel which certainly does not glamorise disordered behaviour, but enables us to understand how these negative coping mechanisms arise and to appreciate the challenges the girls face as they learn to trust and help each other again. Ultimately this is an empowering novel which advocates honesty, self-belief and the value of friendship. It will resonate deeply and provoke valuable discussion of important real-life issues.

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What Kind of Girl Synopsis

'He said we'd go to the same college, that we'd live in the same dorm, that we'd end up working in the same city after graduation. Doesn't every girl dream that her boyfriend will love her like that?'

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker's girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal's office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions: Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it's true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true? Some girls want to rally for his expulsion - and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.

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Closing date: 09/03/2020

What Kind of Girl is an empowering novel which advocates honesty, self-belief and the value of friendship. It will resonate deeply and provoke valuable discussion of important real-life issues. A must-read for teens, we have FIVE copies to give away.  Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 9 March 2020. The winners will be notified by 23 March 2020.  Good luck!

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What Kind of Girl Press Reviews

Alyssa Sheinmel played with narrative and reader expectations in her excellent 2019 novel A Danger To Herself and Others, so it's no surprise that What Kind of Girl puts similar tricks in play. An ingenious way of suggesting that all of us contain multitudes of contradictory opinions, especially in cases of he-said, she-said. Sheinmel brilliantly dramatises the pupils' attempts to create a system of morality for themselves, rather than simply accepting the one handed down by authority. - Financial Times

A poignant, thought-provoking novel that will resonate deeply - Kirkus Reviews

Both timely and timeless, What Kind of Girl is a powerful exploration of abuse in its many forms, as well as the strength it takes to rise up and speak your truth. Alyssa Sheinmel has crafted a compelling, moving, and empowering story of hope and courage - one that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page - Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be

Praise for A Danger to Herself and Other;

Thrillers can so often lean on a fuzzy sense of insanity to justify a character's behaviour, but the handling tends to be superficial; here it proves devastating. This is already one of my favourite books of the year   Irish Times

Cunningly told . . . The author's cunning deployment of information keeps the reader guessing   Financial Times

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ISBN: 9780349003290
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: ATOM an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349003290
Publication date: 6th February 2020
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Publisher: ATOM an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction,
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Alyssa Sheinmel

Alyssa Sheinmel is the bestselling author of several novels for young adults including R.I.P. Eliza Hart and Faceless. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Bestselling author Luanne Rice called Faceless gorgeous and wrenching... a vivid, compelling, beautiful, immediate novel. Follow Alyssa on Instagram.

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