What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Published February 1, 2020

Hardcover, 384 pages


(Thanks to Netgalley & Sourcebooks Fire, I received an eARC)


Girl In Pieces meets Moxie in this unflinching exploration of the many forms of abuse society inflicts upon women, and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth.

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?

Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.


This book was exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up. There’s always three sides to every story, each persons, and the truth. I feel like this book is a great example of this saying. I feel like this is such a great topic to be discussed in young adult books, since a lot of young adults deal with domestic violence or know someone who has.

The characters in this book were both likable and annoying in my opinion. I think that’s why I ended up connecting with them so much, they felt like real people to me. It’s so realistic when reading from the characters points of view how they question everything. There were just so many reasons I connected to them.

Overall I highly recommend this book, but warn you to read the trigger warnings first, because there are a lot. It’s a raw, tough read at times, but I found it worth every second. I am a huge fan of this author and how they put together the whole story and how it all played out. I’m excited to read more by them.

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