- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Poppy (June 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316403660
- ISBN-13: 978-0316403665
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Those Girls Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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Gr 10 Up—Alexandra and Mollie have been friends for as long as they can remember. In middle school, they befriended the risqué but adorable Veronica. The three of them now attend a posh, private all-girls school. Once Mollie starts dating high school jock Sam, the dynamic of the trio changes. Alex spends more time with Drew, her platonic best friend and unrequited crush. Veronica becomes promiscuous and gets a reputation for it. Alex, the frizzy-haired rebel of the group, decides to join a band in order to pursue her musical interests and establish a separate identity for herself. As the new school year begins, Veronica throws a massive party at her often-empty house. She eventually begins an innocent flirtation with Drew, which her friends notice, and secretly hooks up with Sam on the sly as well. With two different love triangles developing, tensions mount as feelings between all invested parties threaten to break beyond repair. In this debut novel, Saft gives readers a look at the complicated relationships between high school girlfriends. The female characters she crafts are complex. Mollie is upset by Alex's decision to join a band without talking to her first, but has neglected her for years due to her tumultuous relationship with a boyfriend she doesn't even seem to like half the time. While the subject matter may seem innocuous and even vapid, the drama between the girls combined with their first-person perspectives proves to be a delightful, guilty read. VERDICT Fans of Cecily Von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" series will no doubt love this more nuanced story.—Ryan P. Donovan, Southborough Public Library, MA
Praise for Those Girls:
"Saft has captured the darker side of female friendship and the redemption of forgiveness. Hand to fans of edgy chick lit."―Booklist
"I read Those Girls the way you accidentally binge-watch a great TV show - I always had to know what happened next. Lauren Saft's debut novel is smart, funny, and raw, and I can't wait for more people to read it so we can talk about it."―New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski
"Those Girls spills over with secrets, backbiting, and messy, messy love. Saft doesn't back away from the ugly truths and the beautiful complexities of female friendships. She simply tells it exactly like it is."―Siobhan Vivian, author of The List
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Top Customer Reviews
When I downloaded this book, I had the intention of reading it then eventually passing it along to my teenage daughter... I mean, this book is labeled at YA. It was published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers... WHY???? WHY????
This book is NOT for young readers. Not even close! So if you are looking to purchase this for your young reader, I wouldn't suggest it!
This book is full of sex, drugs and drinking. I really didn't expect to get so much of the drinking, the sex and the drugs. This is about three out of control teenage girls who will do anything to get what they want. This isn't a true depiction of teenagers. Between the non-friendship these three have and their behavior, this isn't something I would want anyone under 21 reading.
There really isn't a lot to this story other than what I have mentioned already. Unfortunately this isn't a book I would really recommend to anyone I know.
The plot follows three girls in a group with relationship problems. It's funny and the author really "gets" the girls. From conversation to their observations, it's spot on. Shallow? Yes. Jealous? Yes. Catty? Yes. But that is the mindset of teenage girls and that is what makes this book real.
Again it's not really appropriate language wise for our media center but as a parent, I would probably let my daughter read this when she is in high school.
Mostly I'm disturbed that, with everything that happened, I walked away from this book more angry at Drew than anyone else. I want to justify this thinking by stating that you pretty much learn to expect all the messed up things you get from Alex, Mollie and Veronica but I expected different from Drew. I need to do some serious self-reflection to understand my train of thought here.
Honestly, I can't imagine anyone I know reading this story and NOT getting angry, but I still kind of hope that they do read it just so we can talk about it. For this fact alone I have to give the book 3 stars.
Weirdly the writing was great and the characters were highly developed, they just sucked and I wanted the story to be a little more deep. Some growth among the characters from the beginning of the story to the end of the story would have made a world of difference.
Read this or don't, it's your choice but if you read it, please find me on Facebook so that we can talk about it!!
Alex and Mollie have been friends forever. Since fifth grade, Veronica has been part of their group and they’ve all navigated the waters together. Fast forward to this year—junior year. This year is the year everything changes—sure, Alex is still a little shy and stoner-y, Mollie still has her older boyfriend Sam and her eating disorder and Veronica is still on her own at home and using her body as a way to connect with the opposite sex. But this year, things are different—Mollie feels Sam slipping away, Veronica has a boyfriend (Alex’s best friend, Drew) and Alex joins a band. But as things change, they seem to unravel—and there are some dangerous implications as friend is pitted against friend. And the futures of these friends are in jeopardy.
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a well-written and QUICK read. Saft’s characters are every girls—meaning readers can identify with one or more of these characters. I am looking forward to reading more from Lauren Saft.
I loved the character of Alex. All of what she was going through, and the way she dealt with it made me love her even more. I saw a lot of myself in Alex. However, she makes a pretty heinous choice later on that I wanted to scream AT her about.
Veronica was set up to do a few things in the book early on. I was saddened to see how readily she accepted her status with the male population of their area. She was also not as intelligent as the other girls, and I had hoped she would prove me wrong.
As I said, while I was shocked with the freedoms that some of the teens had in this book, overall it was a solid and interesting read. I definitely recommend it for the summer!
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