Title: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
Author: Isabel Quintero
Recommended for: High Schoolers
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Quintero, I
Synopsis: Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
Okay, this cover is horrible, but the story is fantastic. The winner of the 2015 Morris award, this is a book everyone is talking about and it’s very easy to see why. Gabi has one of the most authentic voices I’ve read in a long time. It was easy to forget that I was reading a story and not a real 17 year old’s diary. This is a book does leans older due to language and some of the topics handled such as rape, drug addiction, and sex. The grace that Quintero handle topics like being a fat girl, “boys will be boys”, and what makes a “good” girl is not something I’ve seen often, if at all, in YA books. This may take a bit of hand selling, but it’s something that every teen girl should be reading.
How to Sell it/Quick Spiel: There are a couple of different ways to sell this one. I think the diary format is great and makes it a super quick read. Those who want every day realistic fiction, this one offers a bit of everything. There’s love, friendship, school issues, home life troubles, and a multitude of other things that teens face day-to-day. There’s something that everyone can relate to
The other way to sell it is to focus on the positive female aspect. Gabi’s journey is this book is about learning and accepting who she is. She learns that the ideologies of those around her, especially her family, don’t have to be her own. There is a strong feminist vibe and lots of tearing down of unfair expectations that are put on girls, especially concerning sex and body image.
I have nothing but good things to say about this one. (And I do have a longer post, if you want to read all the reasons I loved it.)