Some Girls Are
By Courtney Summers
“Hallowell High: You’re either someone or your not. I was someone.”
Summary: Regina use to be at the top of the social food chain in her high school. That is until someone wanting to take her place starts spreading rumours about her and her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she finds herself frozen out of her group and at their mercy as they taunt, tease and harass her. Finding new friends is difficult as Regina quickly realizes how horrible she has been in the past. As the abuse continues and there is the possibility of a new love interest, Regina must decide between redemption and revenge.
Review: Some Girls Are definitely has a Mean Girls feel to it, as Summers provides readers with an inside look at the types of power hungry cliques that exist everywhere. I found the story very relatable for both those who have experienced the terror of these types of people and those who have found themselves accidentally caught up in such activity. I liked that Regina got to play both sides because it showed how easy it is to go along with some of the bullying that takes place. I also enjoyed that Summers didn’t make a lot of excuses for Regina, making her a much more compelling and complicated character. Overall, the story is very well written and the style of writing makes for a fast and engaging read (lots of quick sentences and fast paced dialogue). My only complaint was that it moved too fast and I wanted more!
Also by Courtney Summers: Cracked Up to Be
If you liked Some Girls Are you might also enjoy: The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride. Beautiful by Amy Lynn Reed, Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman
Additional Info: If you like Courtney Summers writing look for her new book Fall for Anything, set to be released Dec 21 2010.
Author website: http://courtneysummers.ca/
Rating: W4/4 C3/4 P3/4 O2/4 PP3.5/4 CR3/4
Grade Level Interest: JS