Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

girlsThis book saddened me so much that I had to turn to something light and fluffy afterward. Which is not to say it wasn’t good. In fact, I checked it out to read specifically because it had won an award. It is heartwarming-two young women, both “Speddies” (special education) graduate out of school and also foster care. Their caseworker (?) arranges for them to share an apartment and have a job caring for an older lady (who is really not that old!) Quincy and Biddy take turns telling their story of making their way in their own voices. It really was warm and uplifting, but each girl has (or had) something terrible happen to her which I honestly found difficult to read and I felt bruised from knowing such terrible inhumane things can occur.

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