Friday, November 8, 2019

Girls Like Us by Randi Pink
[Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for Girls Like Us hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I am thrilled to share my thoughts on this book with you! Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

Title: GIRLS LIKE US
Author: Randi Pink
Pub. Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.

Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is that they’re dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

In rural Georgia, Izella is wise beyond her years, but burdened with the responsibility of her older sister, Ola, who has found out she’s pregnant. Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, but doesn’t fully understand the extent of her predicament. When her father sends her to Chicago to give birth, she meets the final narrator, Susan, who is white and the daughter of an anti-choice senator.

Randi Pink masterfully weaves four lives into a larger story – as timely as ever – about a woman’s right to choose her future.
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Can you get choked up while typing? Girls Like Us was such an emotional read. The characters are so young, and they're all going through something that will heavily impact the rest of their lives. Getting pregnant as a teenager is frowned upon now, but the 70's setting really put in perspective how many steps we've made in the last few decades. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but there has been improvement.

Girls Like Us is a story that will stay with me for the rest of my life. These characters have left an impression on my mind and will forever live in my heart. I felt a connection to them and their struggles, despite not experiencing something similar. At the end we get to see where they are "now" and it was such a fantastic way to conclude this book. The journey is an emotional one, and you'll definitely need a box of tissues nearby. Maybe a baseball bat when you hear some of their stories...

I thought this book was remarkably well-written, and like that the author chose to tell the story from four perspectives instead of one. Unplanned pregnancies can happen for a myriad of reasons, and it's something that everyone needs to take seriously -- teenagers and parents. If a teenager gets pregnant, they shouldn't feel terrified to tell someone, because it's definitely something they need an adult's help with.

About Randi:

A native and resident of Birmingham, AL, Randi Pink leverages her unique experience with her southern roots when she writes. Randi is a mother, a wife, a writer, an advocate, a fighter, a friend, and so much more. Through a platform of encouragement, advice, and love, Randi loves connecting with the community around her and her loyal community of readers.

Randi Pink is a proud student of University of Alabama at Birmingham’s creative writing program. In 2013, Randi gained her inspiration for her first novel when working on an assignment for a Children’s Literature course. Although it was originally titled “TOYA”, Randi’s first novel “Into White" was published in 2016 and can be found on the shelves of Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Read more about this novel here.

After publishing her first novel, Randi started got right to work on her second novel, “Girls Like Us”. Inspired by the passing of shocking policies for abortion and other threats to women’s rights in her home state as well as her nation, Randi decided it was time to humanize the faces behind abortion. “Girls Like Us” will hit the shelves in October 2019.

Randi continues to write every day, from short stories that you can find in Randi’s Room to personal writings for herself and her close network. Randi can be found promoting her next book, in her garden, and soaking up family time with her favorite people. 


Giveaway Details: 
3 winners will receive a hardcover of GIRLS LIKE US, US only. 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
10/28/2019-Geronimo Reads Excerpt
10/28/2019-Kait Plus Books Excerpt
10/29/2019-Southern Girl Bookaholic Review 
10/29/2019-BookHounds YA Excerpt
10/30/2019-A Dream Within A Dream Excerpt
10/30/2019-BookishRealmReviews Review
10/31/2019-Starlight Reads Review
10/31/2019-Not In Jersey Excerpt
11/1/2019-Cuz I’m a Nerd Review
11/1/2019-Odd and Bookish Review

Week Two: 
11/4/2019-Jena Brown Writes Review
11/4/2019-What A Nerd Girl Says Review
11/5/2019-Novel Novice Excerpt
11/5/2019-Lifestyle Of Me Review
11/6/2019-PopTheButterfly Reads Review
11/6/2019-Sometimes Leelynn Reads Review
11/7/2019-A Gingerly Review Review
11/7/2019-Here's to Happy Endings Review
11/8/2019-The Pages In-Between Review
11/8/2019-Do You Dog-ear? Review 

5 comments:

  1. I’ve been seeing this one around a lot lately and it’s caught my attention. I love the 70’s setting, especially since that definitely impacts the girls choices at that time and how they are perceived.

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  2. Such an important issue to tackle, both because it can be comforting or eye-opening for teen girls (depending on their situation - I mean, if they're pregnant or not) and because we need books to make a stance about it now more than ever.

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  3. This sounds like it was an emotional read but it sounds like a good book.

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  4. I hadn't read a review of this book before yours and had no idea what it was about. Sounds really interesting!

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  5. I love books that evokes such emotions! I have this book reserved at my library. Can't wait to read it!

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