I Read YA Week continues, and today we’re discussing books that should be taught in high schools. Books give us the unique opportunity of truly getting to walk in someone else’s shoes, and I hope readers can take that experience of seeing the world through another lens and realize that there is more to the people around us than we might realize.
One of the things I am loving about Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg (which I’m reading right now) is how it explores the idea that you never know what another person is thinking or what their lives are truly like. Just because someone appears to have the perfect life, doesn’t mean that they do.
I also love that this book tackles the girl on girl hate that is so prevalent in high schools and demonstrates how problematic and unfounded it usually is.
About Just Another Girl
Just Another Girl
by Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: May 28, 2017
You resent her. You can’t stand her. You might even hate her.
But you don’t know her at all.
Hope knows there’s only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the perfect boy . . . because that’s how the universe works, even though it’s so completely wrong.
Parker doesn’t feel perfect. She knows if everyone knew the truth about her, they’d never be able to get past it. So she keeps quiet. She focuses on making it through the day with her secret safe . . . even as this becomes harder and harder to do. And Hope isn’t making it any easier. . . .
In Just Another Girl, Elizabeth Eulberg astutely and affectingly shows us how battle lines get drawn between girls — and how difficult it then becomes to see or understand the girl standing on the other side of the divide.
You think you have an enemy. But she’s just another girl.
What books do you think need to be taught in high schools today?