Thursday, January 12, 2012

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Release date: January 5, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 246
Source: Bookstore

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard–falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her and her best friend’s boyfriend start going around. Now Regina’s been “frozen out” and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend… if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don’t break them both first.

Some Girls Are is one of those most intense books I have read.  It had the effect that I couldn’t stop reading it even when I wanted to.  And yes, there were times when I wanted to stop reading it.  Some Girls Are is a very heavy book but I definitely ended up liking it.

Regina is a bitch and she knows it.  Being a bitch has always been what she does until the Fearsome Fivesome kick her out.  Now she has absolutely no friends because of how she treated everyone and her former friends are determined to make her life a living hell.  Throughout all the torment, Regina, not surprisingly, remains a bitch, at least to some people.  She refuses to let her former friends beat her and so for everything they do, she retaliates.

While I hated how mean Regina was, I liked to see her get back at the Fearsome Foursome. She definitely did not lack a backbone.  She also really did grow as a person throughout the book.  She saw firsthand what she did to some of her victims and she truly felt remorse.  Sadly I did not see the same growth in any of the other girls.  They were just plain evil.

The story itself is all about Regina’s fall from grace that is caused by something she didn’t do.  The whole book seemed to be one mean prank after another, some more serious than others.  What’s worse is that when Regina finally finds someone who makes her happy (Michael) her old friends find a very cruel way to ruin that as well.  It was almost painful to read Some Girls Are because there truly are almost no happy moments.

Overall, Some Girls Are is not one I would recommend to everyone.  It is a hard book to handle but I think a lot of people will appreciate it.  You really need to be in the right mood to read this one though.

Rating: A-

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5 Comments

  1. Ashley

    Oh wow. This does sound intense & incredible. I have it on my shelf, waiting to be read and I’ve been wanting to get to it for a long time. I read and LOVED Fall for Anything, mostly liked Cracked Up to Be (although not as much as FFA) and am seriously itching to read this one. It’s definitely going to be the next book I read when I’m looking for that hard & heavy book.

  2. Anna

    This book honestly frightened me. I thought it was really well written, but oh my god! I honestly can’t imagine anyone actually being that nasty to another human being. What the girls in the school did was evil. But I did really ilke the whole story between Michael and Regina

  3. Christina Kit.

    I loved this one. More than Cracked Up to Be. I loved Regina’s character development, how she took it all to save Michael, how their relationship develops. How she realized how awful she’s been.

    The writing is stupendous 🙂

    Lovely review 🙂

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