Friday, February 3, 2012

Review of Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are
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.

I have owned all three of Courtney Summers’ books since April of 2011, and when Misty of Book Rat did a TBR Tuesday on all of her novels, I decided it was time for me to read Some Girls Are. I devoured it. Some Girls Are kept me up into the wee hours of the morning and left me feeling as though the wind had been knocked out of me.

I knew Some Girls Are was going to be good. I knew that it would be fast-paced. What I did not realize was the impact it would have on me.

This book was like a punch in the stomach, I mean that in the best way possible. Regina goes through hell and back in this book. The physical and emotional pain she goes through are gritty and near unimaginable, but they aren’t.

Some Girls Are resonated so well with me because I knew what it was like. I have been in cliques. I have been frozen out of cliques. I have frozen other people out of cliques. I have seen this happen to other people. Summers’ characters reminded of my childhood, and I’m sure this is the case for many other readers. It’s what makes Some Girls Are a read that is tough but mesmerizing.

This is not a light, breezy contemporary novel. I flew through Some Girls Are and was slammed by the emotional impact of it. I won a signed copy of this book from a fellow blogger wherein Summers promised me mean girls, and I got so much more than that.


  1. I really do need to get on this book! It's been lurking in my to-read list forever and ever. A tough and mesmerizing look at cliques and girlish bitchiness sounds SO GOOD, and also heavy. Sometimes, that's just the kind of book we need!

  2. This book had such an impact on me too even though it's depiction of high school didn't really resonate with me-I'm lucky and never dealt with mean girls.



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