05 December 2011

Book Review: Some Girls Are

Book Details

Author: Courtney Summers
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (January 5, 2010)

Book Summary

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. (lifted from goodreads.com)

Book Review

I felt ambivalent about Some Girls Are – torn between putting it down and reading it. Even the main character Regina, I hated her and loved her at the same time – how crazy can it get? One thing is for sure – after finishing the whole book, it just proved one thing: Karma is a b*itch.

Courtney Summers is an amazing author! Regina, the main character of the story, is one of the mean girls until an incident happened that threw her out of that inner circle. Suddenly, she was an outcast. Originally, she was really b*tchy. Seriously. I hated what she did to other people. Finally, when finally karma slaps her, I felt sorry for her. On the other hand, I couldn’t believe that she fought back – she was mad and she was doing everything she can to get back to the girls who were making her life a hell in school.

High school is a nightmare for many people and there would be cliques or group of people who finds pleasure in making the lives of others miserable. The intensity of bullying and humiliation in Some Girls Are is completely awful – it’s like watching a horror movie – you are afraid to watch it, but you have to, and see how it ends.

And then there was Michael, he used to be one of their victims. How can Regina deserve one of the sweetest and sensitive guy in the planet? I like how their story turned out, and how it changed Regina to become a better person.

Some Girls Are is a novel about second chances, changes and forgiveness. It’s about the consequences of your actions, standing up for yourself and karma. One thing is for sure, this novel tells you to be careful with your action – because what goes around, comes around. 

Favorite Quotes

“In high school, you don't get to change. You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.” 

“I wonder if, even after all of this, he understands how fragile good things are in my hands and how many times they've been taken away from me.”

“A whole world exists outside of that hellhole.”

“Tell Liz,' I say, 'the mean girl totally got what she deserved in the end.”


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