Title: What Kind of Girl
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
TW/CW: Self-harm, bulimia, homophobia, drug use, abuse
What kind of girl is one of those books that hits you hard and leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve read it. There were many times I needed to take a break and put the book down to gather my thoughts. The content was heavy and it really got the wheels turning in your head.
The book begins with a young lady going into the principal’s office at her school. She has a black eye. Who did it? her “golden boy” boyfriend Mike. Mike “the perfect boyfriend”, Mike “the one that would never do that”. Well..he did do it. It wasn’t the first time this has happened either. You read about everyone’s reaction towards the situation, their opinions, the finger pointing, the victim blaming, and more. It was really disgusting at times seeing people come up with justifications about why mike hit her.
Along the way you’ll meet more characters that are essential to tie the story up together. But I will not give out too many details because like I said the characters all tie up together. But there’s titles for the characters outlined in the book. The popular girl, the bulimic, the burnout, the activist. The book did an amazing job making you feel all these emotions while reading it and rightfully so. That’s what a good author and a good story does. By any way do not think this story is a fairytale, this novel, although fictional is the life of many people around the world. It’s an eye opening experience. Fantastic job by the author. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for a copy of this book in exchange fir an honest review.