- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (September 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1338087568
- ISBN-13: 978-1338087567
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now firstly I was questioning the purpose of having a book of a movie released 13 years after the movie itself. Had this been a ‘based on’ kind of book, I would have understood. But no, it's just the movie, line for line, in book form, which had me ??? What was the purpose? It doesn't even try to update itself. The jokes that were funny 13 years ago might, in some cases, even be offensive right now (fat guy looks like the type to fart? Haha NO!). And while the universal message remains that bullying is wrong and girls should try to uplift each other, this story is very dated.
Even if the story was to be the same, the least that could have been done is to provide character development that was missing from the movie. Besides Cady, every other character is a caricature, and the book is comfortable in leaving it at that. Heck even that one deleted Regina scene is not included! And the narrator! Oh my goodness, doing boy voices isn't just keeping your voice low. The annoying thing with girl voices and the poorly disguised base as boy voices had me so irritated.
All in all, I'm so disappointed in this book. What a waste of my time. I could've just watched the movie twice over in the time it took me to read this book *eyeroll*