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Smart Girls Get What They Want Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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"The spot-on teenage characters keep the book energized and romantic....Strohmeyer excels at exploring the bonds of friendship and the complications of teenagers' lives. Smart readers will find a heroine in girly, intellectual Gigi--all the while winking at her nerdy jokes." (Publisher's Weekly)
“In her YA debut, adult author Strohmeyer (Kindred Spirits) excels at exploring the bonds of friendship and the complications of teenagers’ lives. Smart readers will find a heroine in girly, intellectual Gigi-all the while winking at her nerdy jokes.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Gigi is a quirky, smart, endearing character with a wry sense of humor, and her strong friendship with Bea and Neerja is one of the high points of the book .... A great read to recommend to Meg Cabot fans.” (School Library Journal)
“Sarah Strohmeyer gets what readers want: a fresh, funny book full of likable characters, drama, and plenty of romance that kept me turning pages until late into the night.” (Meg Cabot, bestselling author of ABANDON and THE PRINCESS DIARIES)
“This realistic novel, with touches of humor, is a welcome addition to bookshelves.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“The author of The Cinderella Pact (2006) shows a humorist’s ear for the cadence of teen language in this smart foray into teen literature.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“What a refreshingly realistic story about accomplished, ambitious and unapologetically intelligent teen girls! Full of wry observations about high school politics and drama, Smart Girls Get What They Want is for any reader still figuring out who you want to be.” (Megan McCafferty, New York Times bestselling author of BUMPED and the Jessica Darling series)
“Sex and the City meets Pride and Prejudice in this funny, smart and heart-warming book. Brainy babes, unite! This book is for you.” (Patricia McCormick, author of SOLD and NEVER FALL DOWN)
About the Author
Sarah Strohmeyer is a bestselling and award-winning novelist whose books include The Secrets of Lily Graves, How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, Smart Girls Get What They Want, The Cinderella Pact (which became the Lifetime Original Movie Lying to Be Perfect), The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, Sweet Love, and the Bubbles mystery series. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Boston Globe. She lives with her family outside Montpelier, Vermont.
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The friendship between Gigi, Bea and Neerja was pretty much my favorite part of this book. IT WAS SO GREAT reading a book where friendship, especially between girls, takes the front seat and it's such thoroughly talked about. A++
Other aspects of this book that I loved and that I think make it completely stand out from other books in the same genre:
- The debunking of many high school stereotypes! And the sense of unity and community between the students, that cared about all types of things, from classic literature to prom dresses.
- Parental figures that were actually supporting and positive! Plus, the other figures of authority in the school that were not oblivious to their student's problems.
- Showing how much studying is involved when you are in HS.
Overall, great story that filled me with joy, and that represents an important addition to the YA department and pop culture, it's a gentle reminder that we are all complex beings and more than "meets the eye".
This was a quick, fun, clean YA read. I really enjoyed reading this novel. The girls weren't your typical angst ridden teenage girl. They were smart girls who had goals they wanted to achieve in life. They knew that there was more to life than just high school. Yet, they realized they didn't want to miss out on experiences before it was too late.
The writing was pretty good but at first it took a while for the characters to grow on me. After the first few chapters I was hooked. I really liked the smart , flirty banter between characters. Who knew the periodical table could be romantic? lol.
I was also surprised that this was my second novel by Sarah Strohmeyer. Previously, I read the Cinderella Pact and didn't like it that much. I think I much prefer her YA novels. There was just a huge difference with character development and pacing of both novels. Smart Girls Get What They Want is the winner in my book.
Overall, this was a really good read and would recommend for fans of YA.
They make a bargain with each other to try new things during their sophomore year. Bea and Gigi end up joining the ski team; Neerja the school play and Gigi runs for student representative on the city council. While breaking out of their shells, the four of them learn that being smart is one thing but standing up for themselves, what they believe in and that they need to give others a chance are equally as important to staying at the top of their class.
This is such an amusing and lighthearted read filled with laugh-out-loud moments, light romance and positive role models. I enjoyed the well developed characters, especially the growth that we can see in Gigi. She does not have it all figured out by the end of the book but she definitely has learned not to judge others which is an important lesson for us all to remember.
I enjoy Ms. Strohmeyer's writing style--it is witty, well paced and engaging. I look forward to reading her second young adult contemporary novel--How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, which came out in April. To me, her first novel had everything I hoped it would have in this type of contemporary fiction and I hope I will find the same in the next one.
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