Both timely and timeless, WHAT KIND OF GIRL is a powerful exploration of abuse in its many forms, as well as the strength it takes to rise up and speak your truth. Alyssa Sheinmel has crafted a compelling, moving, and empowering story of hope and courage - one that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page
A poignant, thought-provoking novel that will resonate deeply
Alyssa Sheinmel played with narrative and reader expectations in her excellent 2019 novel A Danger To Herself and Others, so it's no surprise that What Kind of Girl puts similar tricks in play. An ingenious way of suggesting that all of us contain multitudes of contradictory opinions, especially in cases of he-said, she-said. Sheinmel brilliantly dramatises the pupils' attempts to create a system of morality for themselves, rather than simply accepting the one handed down by authority.