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Some Girls Are: A Novel Paperback – January 5, 2010
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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
“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 Girlwill enjoy this tale of redemption and forgiveness.” ―School Library Journal
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Fresh yet easy to relate to as I'm sure most people have felt some bullying in their life. This book is compared to Mean Girls, but the girls (and some of the guys) are even meaner. There were times when it was hard to read this book. The plot moved at a decent pace, too.
Your everyday town and high school.
Regina was definitely an intriguing character. It was interesting to see her change from being a popularity follower and bully to being her own person and a victim of bullying. While I didn't connect to her as much as I would have liked, I admired her strength, spunk, and flaws. It was hard not to feel sorry for her.
I really liked Michael. I'm a sucker for the loner underdogs anyway, but he had an interesting past to go with his character, too.
Anna, Kara, and Donnie were really good at making me hate them.
The relationship change between Regina and her friends during the course of the novel was interesting. I would have liked to see more of a relationship between Regina and her parents, but it helps explain in a way why popularity might be so important to her. Regina's relationship with Michael was also well done.
I really like Summer's writing style and the voice was strong.
It seemed a bit abrupt, but things wrapped up well.
Overall, I liked this one pretty well but not as much as Cracked Up to Be. I definitely disagree with the person who wanted this book banned and feel it was a good display of how ugly teenagers can be. 3.5 stars
This book was like a punch in the gut. All of the bitterness and hatred that Regina experienced was palpable. I could feel her pain, as well as her anger. Regina is not an easy character to like. Throughout the book, we learn a lot about Regina, mainly that she was a bully who dished out a lot of the same behavior that she is now suffering through. She is not a very likable character and part of me enjoyed that she was a bully who was now being bullied. But it says something about the author that I can feel so much sympathy for a girl who probably doesn't deserve a lot of it. She doesn't get sympathy from the kids she used to bully, kids she is now trying to ingratiate herself with because she doesn't like to be alone. I loved her relationship with Michael. As one of the people she bullied, he doesn't cut her any slack, yet he still sympathizes with all the hell she is being put through. Yes, a romance eventually develops but it is slow and steady, as it should be considering all she put him through. Regina is a girl who gives as good as she gets and the character growth in this book is as slow as the romance. There were parts of the book where I wanted to shake Regina and make her see that the stuff she is doing out of revenge is almost as bad as what the girls are doing to her. When the book ends, I want to believe that Regina realized what she was doing and realized all of her mistakes. But I am not sure that's the case.
This book is intense. Ten times more vicious than Mean Girls, this book gets you in the faces of small town bitches. Honestly these girls have so much power because everyone has known everyone else for too long. I really loved how realistic and gritty this book was. Courtney Summers made my skin crawl as I read about the awfulness that Regina was going through. I loved the dynamic of the relationships, how high school and true they felt. All the emotions were penned precisely so you could feel how dire some of the situations were and how elated Regina felt when she fought back. I definitely recommend that you read this book, if not today, tomorrow for sure. There are not any real faults with this book although she did have the tendency to have really long sentences. It was fast paced, kept you on the edge of your seat, you really got to know and feel for the characters, and it was INTENSE! So, pick it up at your local bookstore, library or your own bookshelf if you have bought it but not yet read it. (Unless you only like fantasy books, then you won't like this at all.)
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