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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Review: Some Girls Are (ARC) by Courtney Summers


where I got my copy: Librarything
where esle can you get it: B&N, Amazon
released on: January 05, 2010

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.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.

Have you seen the movie Odd Girl Out? If you decide to read this book, you should watch that movie. It's so like the premise of this book. It's infuriating and disgusting how mean this girls are. I sincerely hope that it is not happening out there, and if it is well man the girl who gets the "freeze out" needs a lot of strength.

After a huge weekend party at her boyfriend's house Regina suddenly becomes an outcast. Anna Morrison, her supposedly girlfriend believed a gossip that the spiteful Kara fed her. Yes, the movie Mean Girls (minus the comic parts) jumps in mind too or if you read Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher, you'll hope that Regina won't end up as Hannah. I don't really enjoy reading books about high school snobs torturing their peers but I love the fact that this girls fight back after such emotional turmoil and zero self esteem. Summer did a wonderful job of sendiong out the message "you reap what you sow". It's a story of how a rumor can ruin a person, how your actions and words can be turned against you. I love how Regina fought back but at the same time I find myself frowning on her actions. Intense, menacing, and fascinating. Definitely worth reading.

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brizmus said...

Should I watch Odd Girl Out before or after I read the book?
If this reminds you of Mean Girls, I've totally got to read it! :-)

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Hi :) it ia totally up to you. It reminds me on Mean Girls minus the comedy part. But the way they dress, the populArity of their leader, and how the school hate, love and scAred at them yes. I should probably put that on my review. Hmmmm...

MarceJ said...

I'm going to read Thirteen reasons this year, this one just sounds ok to me. Many books are popping up about bullying....

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This novel sounds interesting, though depressing. There are many interesting novels about high school bullying. I have been out of high school for many years, and my kids are homeschooled so I don't have a clear picture of what high school is like today -- is the picture really that bleak?

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Hi Stephanie, I wouldn't know either :( I did not go to high school here. I was at a different country, where bullying isn't really an issue. And in my school nobody gets away with bullying (if someone is trying to), people have surpsingly good amount of self confidence. I really wish these books are exagerration, for the sake of my kid and everybody else's

Wrighty said...

I have teens and this has always been a scary issue. My boys (wonder if it's worse for girls who can be so catty) haven't really had problems and neither did I. Even once is awful and cruel though. I can't imagine what it would be like every single day.

I taught grades K-8 in a tiny school and it's tough to be a kid now. I hope no school ever lets it go. Thirteen Reasons Why was so sad but hard to put down. I'll be looking for this book now too. Excellent review!

Tina said...

It sounds great. I'd give it a try :) It remainds me a lot on Mean Girls!

Sonia said...

Great review! Rumours can really ruin a person's life. I have added this to my to-read book list. :D

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