The Resource Girls like us, Randi Pink

Girls like us, Randi Pink

Label
Girls like us
Title
Girls like us
Statement of responsibility
Randi Pink
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the summer of 1972, three girls from very different backgrounds struggle to come to terms with being pregnant
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Tone
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Character
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School Library Journal Best Books, 2019.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 Ola is 16 in 1972 when she realizes she’s pregnant. To her more responsible 15-year-old sister, Izella, this is just one more burden placed on her that she must hide from their prophetess mother, Evangelist. Down the road from them is Missippi, 14 and pregnant, subjected to the judgmental gaze of her neighbors. For Missippi in particular, the circumstances behind her situation tell an all-too-familiar story. When her father takes her to Chicago to stay with other pregnant teens, she quickly befriends Sue, the daughter of an anti-choice senator. Pink (Into White, 2016) wanted to explore what life was like before Roe v. Wade became law in 1973, particularly in light of contemporary conversations about abortion rights in our country. Each of the four narrators—Ola, Izella, and Missippi are Black, and Sue is white—provide a glimpse into what few options are left when legal abortion is not a choice, including backwoods abortion and its often-grave consequences. As women’s right to choose is placed under scrutiny once again, these stories are a reminder of what horrors lie ahead if history repeats itself. -- Mahjabeen Syed (Reviewed 9/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 1, p103)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up—In 1972, four teenage girls find themselves pregnant. Upon the discovery of their condition, Missippi and Sue, one African American and the other Caucasian, are sent to Chicago to live in an apartment until the birth of their babies with other pregnant teens, under the care of Miss Pearlanne. Meanwhile, Ola is hiding her pregnancy from her mother, who doesn't think highly of neighbor Missippi's condition, and relies on her younger sister Izella to cover for her. While their pregnancies were all unplanned, one was a result of love, one of rape, and another of "that one time." Ranging in ages from 14 (Missippi) to 17 (Sue), the teens forge a bond that refuses to be broken, even after their time at Pearlanne's. Pink's exquisite novel explores the period of time when women were on the cusp of being able to choose. A time when women were sent away out of shame and family disgrace or kept in the backwoods and left to their own devices. With gut-wrenching, realistic scenes that illustrate their youth and innocence to scenes that show their forced growth into motherhood, readers' hearts will break for these teens who don't know what to expect when their life throws them the unexpected. VERDICT An excellent fictionalized look at the reality of teen pregnancy with a historical lens. A must for all teen collections.—Erin Holt, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN --Erin Holt (Reviewed 09/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 8, p130)
  • It’s 1972, and four teenage girls—three, black, in rural Georgia, and one, white, in Chicago—confront unwanted pregnancies before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal. When her older sister, Ola, misses her period, Izella, 15, convinces her to visit Mrs. Mac, an elderly “seer,” to end her pregnancy. The sisters’ predicament is complicated because their preacher mother, Evangelist, has been highly critical of a neighbor, Missippi, 14, who is also pregnant following sexual assault by her uncle (“I feel like that baby gone wind up raised in a house of hell with all kind of sin and debauchery”). When Missippi’s father, a long-haul trucker, moves his daughter to a Chicago home for pregnant teens run by the saintly Ms. Pearline, she meets Sue, 17, whose father is a conservative U.S. senator. The story bounces among each girl’s story (with chapter titles that announce how far each is into her pregnancy), culminating in a tragic ending for one and a pledge among the others to remain lifelong friends. An epilogue catches readers up to the young women as adults. Though some plot elements don’t add up, Pink (Into White) offers a timely, sobering account of the reality women faced before abortion was made legal. Ages 13–up. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/09/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 36, p)
  • Four girls navigate the impact of pregnancies on their futures in 1972. Ola, 16, and Izella, 15, are sisters living in rural Georgia with their devoutly religious mother, Evangelist. After visiting their seer neighbor, Ola discovers she's pregnant by her long-term boyfriend, a Vietnam War veteran suffering from PTSD, and she looks to Izella for support. Needing to be seen as mature, Izella feels obligated to take on the burden of Ola's situation and find a way to get rid of the baby. Evangelist looks after 14-year-old Missippi, who longs for a mama to guide her and someone to talk to while her father is away working. Now pregnant by her sexually abusive uncle, she leaves for Chicago to live with Ms. Pearline and other girls like her. While there, she meets Sue, 17, a white politician's daughter who is determined to rage against the silencing of women. As the nonlinear timeline goes on, each girl begins to understand the gravity of her situation, culminating in unbreakable bonds between them. Pink (Into White, 2016) weaves a heart-wrenching narrative through multiple perspectives that examines life before Roe v. Wade. The author brings to light the reality about the lack of choices that women, especially young, unwed women, had in regard to their futures. Ola, Izella, and Missippi are black. A timely, honest story about women's right to choose. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13-18) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10823734
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pink, Randi
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.P565
LC item number
Gir 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Single-parent families
  • United States
  • Pregnancy
  • Single-parent families
  • United States
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Girls like us, Randi Pink
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2019002029
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9781250155856
Lccn
2019002029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1064996236
Label
Girls like us, Randi Pink
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2019002029
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9781250155856
Lccn
2019002029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1064996236

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