Blurb

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.

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Review

My rating: blue3

Hey everyone! I recently finished reading Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg and I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts with you about the book! To be honest, I’ve always loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s novels, from when I first read Prom and Prejudice to reading Better Off Friends (I didn’t read We Can Work It Out because I thought that The Lonely Hearts Club didn’t need a sequel and wasn’t the least bit curious about it). So when I heard that she was writing a new book, I was super excited! Especially with the premise behind it! But then I actually read it, and I’m not sure if the anticipation made it worse ( it probably did), but it fell flat to me…

At first, I was a little dismayed at how long it took to get from one perspective to the other. When it comes to dual perspectives, I prefer a switch between one or two chapters. All I would hear about was Hope’s complaints, which got really tedious after a while. I honestly wanted to hear from Parker and what she had to say. That was actually the main reason why I wanted to read this book, other than the author. To read a complex character that’s usually made into a one-dimensional character for others to hate. However, once I got to Parker’s perspective, I initially failed to connect with her. I really, really wanted to! Especially with all the horrible circumstances she had to face. But try as I might, I didn’t feel any personality coming from her words. It almost felt like it was a documentation of someone else’s life. Even Hope had a little more going for her in that department. In the end, Parker felt more like a cautionary tale for Hope to learn from rather than her own person.

The plot itself was okay, in that it made sense. It was also pretty easy to read as far as books go, as I finished Just Another Girl within a day. I really wanted to know more about Parker and what had happened to her as well as see Hope think more about people other than herself. The way the novel withheld information was probably the only thing that had me reading on until the end. That and the potential development of our two protagonists.

Overall, I didn’t like Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg as much as I thought I would. It was probably my high expectations that affected my reading of the novel, but personally, I didn’t think it was one of the author’s best (that honour goes to Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality! 😉 ) . Well, that’s all I have to say about Just Another Girl. Have you read it? What did you think of it? By the way, any comments about this book or others by Elizabeth Eulberg are welcome in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

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