Like a Girl


Eden watches the errors of Year 9. She knows that the best course of action to surviving the pitfalls of her year is to be invisible. It means she stays in the shadows. In fact, even at home, Melissa (her mother) seems to know nothing of Eden’s life. It means that Melissa’s focus for Eden is that she works toward med school.

However, what if Eden stumbles? She’s seen others fall into the glare of Bea, Mikki and Autumn, aka The Glossies. Therefore, why does she disobey the rules and run to win the 800 metres? Doesn’t she know that it’s Mikki’s race to win, only? Then again, how can ‘invisible’ Eden possibly front out the notes that dictate how she must behave, that might prove her loyalty and thereafter ensure no reprisals for her act of rebellion?

Like a Girl is a rallying call to the conformities expected within shifting societies. Then again, it’s about finding your voice, and telling the truth. Rebecca Westcott’s novel is one Bookwagon recommends to all mature readers.

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Like a Girl

Rebecca Westcott


The constancy of social media in our lives is a solid realisation. After all, just think of novels like Influential. amongst many others, which show the full power of this communication.
It seems Eden knows this power. That, and the fact that she’s watched the rise of her former best friend, Bea, through the Woodford Whispers’ messages, inspire her to be invisible. While Melissa (Mum) might cajole her into friendships and a med school aspiration, Eden’s guarded, prickly, like her cactuses. That is, until she makes the wrong move. After all, if she was sensible, wouldn’t she let Mikki win the race?
Then again, if she was sensible, wouldn’t she accept the challenges set by The Glossies? Those notes in coloured envelopes that direct her as to how she needs to behave if she wants to avoid their retribution?
So, why doesn’t Eden conform? Why does she go looking for their malicious lies and the negative attention it brings her so that school becomes a nightmare? Could it be that there’s a gem of courage at her core?
Bookwagon recommends Like a Girl to all mature middle grade and teen readers. What a truth-telling, stirring and furious novel. Then again, we suggest that every adult, parent and/or teacher, would be wise to read Like a Girl too.


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