Like Other Girls

Claire Hennessy / Children's

Book cover

UK Publisher

Hot Key Books

Date Published

May 25th, 2017


Albatros (Slovakian)

Dramatic Rights


Here’s what Lauren knows: she’s not like other girls. She also knows it’s problematic to say that – what’s wrong with girls? She’s even fancied some in the past. But if you were stuck in St Agnes, her posh all-girls school, you’d feel like that too. Here everyone’s expected to be Perfect Young Ladies, it’s even a song in the painfully awful musical they’re putting on this year. And obviously said musical is directed by Lauren’s arch nemesis.

Under it all though, Lauren’s heart is bruised. Her boyfriend thinks she’s crazy and her best friend has issues of her own… so when Lauren realises she’s facing every teenage girl’s worst nightmare, she has nowhere to turn. Maybe she should just give in to everything. Be like other girls. That’s all so much easier … right?


Magnificent! It all-but quivers with righteous anger!

- Marian Keyes

This is a book that demands to be read....A must-read for young socially aware and newly intrigued minds alike.

- The Irish Times

A passionate, authentic, tough read but very important nonetheless.

- The Irish Independent

I was impressed with the writing style (and I learned a fair bit too)... a conversation starter for young women.

- Women's Way

t is difficult to imagine a more difficult authorial task than constructing a school story that also confronts issues such as sexual identity, moral law, transgender issues and parental responsibility. Yet somehow Hennessy has succeeded. High school librarians please take note.

- Books for Keeps

Topical, relevant and captivating, this is an unflinching examination of gender politics and identity, relentless in its exploration of femininity.’

- Inis, Reading Guide 2017

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