Some Girls Are Review

Saturday, April 17, 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.
Taken from GoodReads.


I've never read anything by Courtney Summers before, so reading Some Girls Are was a first for me. It's a dark story about the secret lives of bullies and high school teens climbing the rungs of the social ladder and doing anything at all to keep others from taking their shot at social glory. The story follows Regina, once a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, who was suddenly frozen out of her elite clique for sleeping with the leader, Anna's, boyfriend. The problem is - that's not what happened...not even half of it.

I wanted to like Regina in this story. I wanted to pity her because I know what it's like not to be popular, but I have to say, she was very unlikeable. I understand why she was that way - it was a defense mechanism - but it still made me want to punch her in the teeth. That said, in the wake of horrible bullying and tragedy all over the news these days, Some Girls Are is an extremely relevant story. It's a story of standing up for yourself, of learning that you can stand on your own two feet without a posse of girls there to back you up...it's about learning that you are just as valuable as everyone else.

I read this book in 5 hours because I read it straight, and I didn't want to put it down. It's easy to read, but it's not a light story. The writing style is smooth, fast-paced, and a pleasure to follow...plus, I love the cover. The colours pop, and it made me want to read it. I give this book a definite 5 out of 5, and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves the YA genre.

15 comments:

  1. I never paid much attention to this book because of the cover but for some reason, NOW I want to read Courtney Summers' books. Better late than never right? xD That aside, nice review! I'm glad that despite the MC's dislikeable personality, you were able to enjoy the book. I guess her personality simply adds to the story. o.o

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  2. She's amazing & this is a really fantastic book. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.:) I had a really difficult time putting it down as well.

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  3. I love your reviews. I'm going to have to give this one a try.

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  4. This book sounds really good. I hope to read it someday. Thanks for the review :)

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  5. This one had never really caught my eye but I think after reading your review I might have to give it a try! Thanks for the recommendation :o)

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  6. I read this book in a day too...it really was amazing. Courtney Summers deals with tension in incredible ways.

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  7. I always wonder how they became popular if they were so defensive. However, your recommendation makes me think this might be a good read. Thanks for the review.

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  8. I loved the book, too. But I know what you mean about the main character. Great review!

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  9. Wonderful review Melisa! I just read this too and loved it :)

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  10. Great review! I understand how Regina is really offputting. I loved her, honestly, though I wished I didn't for most of the book. I love Courtney and this book and her first book and I'm so glad you loved it too. :]

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  11. I've been interested in reading this book for such a long time! It doesn't seem like a light read at all, but I'm sure it's amazing.

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  12. Oh we just loved this one! Glad you did too!

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  13. I can't wait to get this book! It sounds like the type a book I should read as a future teacher (and I want to teach high school). School bullying sucks and its becoming way to common these days. How come I can't remember bullying when I was in school?

    And stories where you want to punch the characters are always great because usually those are the ones where you still care about them and that's why you get frustrated with them easily.

    I can't wait!!!

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  14. I've heard so much great stuff about this book, and Courtney's books in general! Sounds like a really raw and emotional book.

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