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Young Adult Fiction Sexual Abuse

Girls Like Me

by (author) Kristin Butcher

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2019
Sexual Abuse, Pregnancy, Bullying
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


After accepting a ride home, sixteen-year-old Emma Kennedy is raped by a boy from school. But handsome, popular Ross Schroeder tells everyone the sex was consensual, and Emma is immediately branded as a slut. Even Emma's best friend, Jen, doesn't believe Emma's version of events. In fact, she is angry with Emma because she feels betrayed. After all, she liked Ross first.
But when Ross starts showing interest in Jen, Emma knows she will have to find a way to get Jen to believe that she really is in grave danger.
Before it's too late.

About the author

Editorial Reviews

“[It] isn’t a pretty book, but it’s an important one. Tackling such a complex and serious issue in such a short novel format is challenging, but Kristin Butcher does a wonderful job of it. Her story is clear, concise, sensitive, and informative.”

The Ormsby Reivew

"The plot is fast-paced and engaging, something that young readers will enjoy."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"An emotional, positive #MeToo story for reluctant readers."

Kirkus Reviews

“It is well written and will absorb readers. The book sensitively discusses difficult topics such as rape and teen pregnancy as well as friendship and honesty that adolescents may face, and it may help them through difficult times.”

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