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Some Girls Are: A Novel Paperback – January 5, 2010
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“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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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?Read more ›
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!
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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Must admit I couldn't finish. Poorly written and fictitiously over dramatic. Teens can be hard enough to decipher without making them all shallow and conceited. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kober2010
I couldn't stop reading it. But the ending seemed stressed.Published 3 months ago by Ning Huan Ting
Regina Afton is one of the Fearsome Fivesome, the most popular clique of girls at her high school. They rule by intimidation and seem to have absolute power in the school. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rachel McElhany
I kind of picked this book up on a whim. I already had a copy, since I was curious after reading Courtney Summers' other books, but I really decided to read the... Read more
Did you ever read one of those books that gave you a pit in the middle of your stomach after the first chapter because you just knew what was going to happen? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cynthia Parten
Graphic situations, but on target re: bullying in today's society that tends to focus on superficial relationships and social media. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cynthia Blackmon
I’ve read the controversy on some of the blogs I follow about the parent who made a fuss about this book being on her daughter’s recommended reading list by her school and then got... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
Wow. I'm actually shocked at how much I disliked this book, especially since I read it for its rave reviews! It just didn't work for me. At all. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christina
The book's flow had me hooked! I couldn't put it down....however. the book's ending just ends. There's a resolution of course but I thought it would end differently.. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer