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High-school senior Regina Afton has been what she believes is an important part of the most popular girls’ clique during middle and high school. And then she’s not. Summers spins a story in which kids are mean, abusive, and quixotic, while adults are for the most part absent or ignorant. Regina, nearly raped by her best friend’s boyfriend, pays for telling by being victimized in a hate campaign. Only her deceased psychiatrist’s teenaged son seems to really care, and when she tries to take revenge on his behalf after her former friends bully him as well, egregious behavior spins out of control. Comeuppance-seeking readers won’t mind that most of the characters are flat: Regina and her once and future crowd make up for their lack of depth with spiteful tongues and dangerous degradings of themselves and their fellow students. An additional choice for collections where Gossip Girl maintains a loyal following. Grades 8-10. --Francisca Goldsmith


Powerful and compelling. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Regina's every emotion is palpable, and it's impossible not to feel every punch--physical or emotional--she takes. (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))

Summers knows her way around bad girls.... a true page-turner. (RT Book Reviews)

This story takes an unflinching look at the intricacies of high school relationships .... Fans of the film Mean Girl will enjoy this tale of redemption and forgiveness. (School Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312573804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312573805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of several novels for young adults including CRACKED UP TO BE, THIS IS NOT A TEST and ALL THE RAGE.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Grey on March 7, 2010
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So I apparently march to a different drummer, or maybe you could say I crunk to a different bagpipe, considering how different my opinion is and that I gave 'Some Girls Are' just two stars. Those two stars are because Courtney Summers has a great voice and a gift for storytelling. I read the book in one sitting.

The thing is, EVERYONE (or everyone not home schooled) knows what high school was/is like. I felt that Summers' characters weren't well developed. I know others have said the opposite, but I think what Summers did was to perfectly capture every TYPE of kid you come across in a high school. But as for being fully developed, I have no idea why any of the characters act like they do. I don't know what most of them look like, beyond Anna's auburn hair and Michael's brown hair and blue eyes. I wanted to know WHY Regina was so afraid of everything. I wanted to know what made Anna the 'it' girl, why she decided certain kids needed to be picked on - even if it was just because the whim hit her. Things like Liz's story are just left hanging. Frankly, at one point I thought Regina was going to turn out to be gay because there was mention of a 'girl crush' on Liz and then Liz got banned from the circle of friends. There was just something vapid about the relationships and interactions between people.

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My other main problem with Some Girls Are is frankly, it came across as a tad over the top. I've attended schools of a similar size, and I've attended large schools with serious problems, like gangs and drugs. But everything that went on in Some Girls Are just seemed a bit much. I get that Regina's parents aren't attentive, but did they have to be so bone-crushingly stupid?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katie Dahlberg on April 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
At first glance at the synopsis of Some Girls Are, I completely passed it up. It sounded like your average popular girl bullies loser girl story. But after noticing the extremely high ranking on Goodreads and extreme praises of my blogger friends, I decided to give it a try. I could smack myself for not picking it up sooner.

Some Girls Are is a demented combination of Mean Girls and Sarah Dessen's Just Listen. The bullying, pranks and humiliation in this novel are so intense. The things these girls do to Regina are just unthinkable. Inhumane, even. Though it's contemporary, I found myself shivering more than I've done with legit horror novels.

Courtney Summers writes incredible characters. I didn't want to like Regina. She was just as much of a bitch as any of the other girls in the Fearsome Fivesome. But I did like her, because her emotions were so well written that I couldn't help but feel pity for her. Also, the developing relationship between Regina and Michael was another thing I loved. In the beginning, I wanted Michael to jump into another novel and fall in love with some other literary character more deserving of his attention. Courtney Summers wrote me out of that as well.

Overall, Some Girls Are had me appreciating that I went to a decent high school with decent human beings. With raw emotions, an authentic teenage voice and morbid shenanigans, this is definitely a novel you should check out!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kristi D. VINE VOICE on January 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Three words: (some girls are) very very mean

I really wish I could write an intellectual, well thought out, comprehensive review, that could do an exceptional book justice. Because if a book ever deserved that type of review it would be Some Girls Are.

I honestly don't know how Courtney does it. How can she write a character that is a b****, in all essence of the word.... and make me like her.... feel sorry for her even! I should hate her, hate all that she stands for, for all those b****es in high school that thought they were.... well that's another story for a different day.

That's who Regina is- a b****, and yet, I empathized with her. I felt sorry for her. I found myself nodding in agreement, with her conniving plans to get back at the girls that were making her life a living hell. Who brainwashed me into feeling this way... Courtney Summers did, that's who. She manipulated me with her words! She used her amazing talent to deconstruct my view of something that had always been black and white, b**** and non-b**** and made it... GRAY! How dare you!? Now I'm wondering... do b****es have feelings too....? Do b****es deserve second chances. Do b****es deserve the sweetest guy on the planet?

Speaking of sweetest guys on the planet.... was anyone else feeling that tension between those two, or was it just me. I know it couldn't possibly be just me... but I just wanted to scream..KISS HER ALREADY! I know you hate her, but give her a big ole' I hate you kiss!

I really wanted to do intellectual, but it's obviously not happening.

Seriously though... I can't say enough good things about this book. Courtney has a very distinct style, and I really enjoy reading her books. She has great characterization, the plot is just insane...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CoLiamPet on November 2, 2010
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While I was itching to click on four stars instead of three, there were a few elements of this book that really fell flat for me. Courtney Summers nails "the mean girl" thing, without a question and the narrative is spot on. She also nails the internal conflict between doing what's right and doing what's expected. That being said, I found more than a few characters a little two-dimensional and some scene were simply not plausible. Bottom line, I ached giving this three stars, but felt it necessary.

The story begins with Regina Afton, one of the popular "Fearsome Five", at a party with her best buds and their boyfriends. When Anna's boyfriend Donnie attempts to rape Regina, she runs from the party and finds herself at the house of her arch-nemesis Kara (one of the Fearsome Five who was not at the party) and spills the beans about the event. Chaos ensues come Monday when Regina discovers that, instead of keeping her mouth shut, Kara has convinced Anna (top dog) that Regina and Donnie slept together. So far this is all very plausible. Even if we don't personally know someone with that kind of power hungry motivation, it's still an entirely believable scenario. Kara uses the ousting of Regina to position herself as second in command, Regina's former spot, right beside Anna.

The torture Regina suffers from this disgraceful act is gut-wrenching and ripped right from the pages of today's headlines. Books tossed in the swimming pool, rotten meat in the locker, horrible rumors, "whore" spray painted on her locker, etc. Wherever Regina turns, she finds an unwelcoming face. Then Regina finds an unlikely ally in Michael, himself the subject of Anna's torturous tactics, and a friendship slowly begins to develop.
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