North Bay Academy is rocked when Mike Parker’s girlfriend walks into the principal’s office and accuses him of hitting her. She has the black eye to prove it—but is she telling the truth? Mike’s the most popular guy around; would he really hit his girlfriend? And if he did, why didn’t she tell anyone the first time it happened? Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Is it true…or is there more to the story?
This is an excellent book about a tough topic. It showcases what some girls experience: like it’s not bad enough they go through dating violence. They also have to deal with people calling them liars, thinking they deserved it, and/or taking their abuser’s side. This is told in alternating viewpoints, but the story strands weave together seamlessly, creating a picture that has even more depth than what the reader first thinks.
Alyssa Heinmel was born in California and raised in New York. What Kind of Girl is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.)