Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Two Girls Against the World is a coming of age story written by Zelmer Wilson. Bobby and Billie are best friends who seem to have an intuitive link to each other. Bobby's life changed forever when her younger sister Delilah was killed in a car accident while Bobby was driving. Bobby drove that night because her alcoholic mother was going out, and Bobby knew it wouldn't be safe if she drove. Then her mother grabbed the wheel when Bobby drove past the liquor store and Bobby ran into another car. After that, Bobby's mother tried to act as though everything was fine and even forced a birthday party on her grieving daughter several months later. Billie understands that Bobby would rather just sit in her room and read her classics, but Billie's got other ideas.
Zelmer Wilson's coming of age story, Two Girls Against the World, is not your everyday story about girls. It's a modern day classic set in New Orleans that is a powerful and moving story about friendship. Bobby and Billie are complements, almost two parts of a whole. Billie is strong and fearless and very, very protective of her otherworldly friend. Bobby's world is circumscribed by her books, Billie and Aunt Gina. Their closeness is sometimes physically impacted by one of them having a boyfriend, but Billie still finds it her responsibility and purpose to guide Bobby to the right parties, clubs and events, and, yes, the potential boyfriends. At one point, Billie mentions that they don't really need to physically talk to know what's going on in the other's mind, and it does seem to be the case. Their relationship is profound and close and a marvel -- as is this book. Two Girls Against the World is a keeper, something to read and read again and then ponder for a while. It's really quite good and it's most highly recommended.