Sunday, December 21, 2014

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Quincy and Biddy are Speddies - girls in the special ed program.  They are both graduating from high school and neither has much of a home to stay in so they are set up to share an apartment and given jobs.  Quincy is angry and defensive and doesn't want to live with Biddy who she believes has gone too far with boys in her past.  Biddy is thrilled to have a job cleaning for the elderly woman who owns their apartment and happy to be learning how to cook.  When something happens to Quincy at work Biddy is the only one who can understand and help her new friend.

This is a great book with a realistic portrayal of people who are often lumped together and dismissed.  The problems of both girls are quite mature but neither is written about so graphically as to make the book inappropriate for middle school.