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Author: Gail Giles Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781491588437
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A 2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner

With gentle humor and unflinching realism, Gail Giles tells the gritty, ultimately hopeful story of two special ed teenagers entering the adult world.

We understand stuff. We just learn it slow. And most of what we understand is that people what ain’t Speddies think we too stupid to get out our own way. And that makes me mad.

Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first “real world” apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought—and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

Hard-hitting and compassionate, Girls Like Us is a story about growing up in a world that can be cruel, and finding the strength—and the support—to carry on.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling, engaging, and raw…Giles offers a sensitive and affecting story of two young women learning to thrive in spite of their hard circumstances.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrators Lauren Ezzo and Brittany Pressley create distinct, powerful portraits of eighteen-year-olds Biddy and Quincy…The unique gifts and strength of these characters are quickly apparent and compelling in Ezzo and Pressley’s alternating first-person narrations. Both narrators make dialect sing and the heroines’ poignant stories of abuse and prejudice sound genuine…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A unique, hard-hitting yet refreshing story with well-developed characters free from expected clichés or caricatures. A powerful novel that teens will enjoy wholeheartedly.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[An] absorbing story about two young women overcoming challenges that have less to do with their abilities to read or write than with how society views and treats them…Rewarding and powerful.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The story is told with both gentleness and a humor that laughs with, not at, the two girls…Bravo.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A quick, enjoyable read…with believable scenarios and dialogue most readers will enjoy.”


  • “The book gives memorable voice to underrepresented young women.”

    Horn Book

  • “Intellectually disabled young people don’t receive a lot of attention in literature…especially when it comes to the difficult transition to adult living; readers with their own launch concerns may find this particularly rewarding.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2015 Schneider Family Book Award

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About the Author

Lauren Ezzo, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a commercial voice talent and Chicago–based actor and graduate of Hope College. She has acted in Peppermint Creek Theatre Company’s world premiere of Or You Could Kiss Me. Her narrations have placed her on several “Best of the Year” lists, including AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of the Year list. In 2018, she was part of a full cast of narrators nominated for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Original Work.