Girls Like Us by Gail Giles is a novel written about the life of two girl “speddies” or Special Ed students who have recently graduated their high school Special Ed program. Despite the girls' complete opposite personalities, Quincy and Biddy are chosen to live together and care for a rich elderly lady, Elizabeth. Quincy cooks and works at a grocery store, while Biddy watches over and cleans for Elizabeth. Quincy and Biddy, though opposites, learn to help each other, and in a sad sadistic twist, Quincy is raped. Biddy is able to help Quincy heal by sharing her own personal stories including the day Biddy was raped and impregnated years previously. Through life's hard trials, Quincy, Biddy, and Elizabeth become each other's perfect family.
Gail Giles presents to us an emotionally hard to chew novel. Though heart-touching and full of personal troubles, I would not recommend this book to any weak-hearted or weak-minded individual. Girls Like Us is a good book if you are looking for something to get your brain thinking. Realistic hardships and true facts about the cruel world makes this book a good read if you are up to the challenge.