Friday, March 16, 2012

My Thoughts: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers


Published: St. Martin's Griffin (1/5/10)
Pages: 246
Format: Paperback
Series: No
Source: I purchased this book.
GR Summary:Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Well.

As My Chemical Romance so honestly sings,

Teenagers scare the living shit out of me
They could care less
As long as someone'll bleed
So darken your clothes
Or strike a violent pose
Maybe they'll leave you alone
But not me


WHY ARE TEENAGERS SO MEAN?! Did I go to high school in an alternate universe? We never had these raging parties or these very definitive cliques. We had mean girls, but those moments were fleeting. Or maybe I'm just ignorant, because it never really happened to me.

Regina George Afton is the right hand man of Anna Morrison, queen high bitch and ruler of all that is high school. Sure, it's not so bad when you're on her good side, doing her dirty work. But when a massively life-shattering turn of events and subsequent misunderstanding burns bridges between Regina and Anna (thanks to a dirty, conniving little WENCH), shizz gets real. REALLY, REALLY REAL.

This book hit me hard. It makes Mean Girls look like frickin' church camp. There was no Glen Coco to go on with his bad self here. I haven't been so disturbed by a book since Sarah Darer Littman's Want to Go Private? I had previously read Summers' Cracked Up to Be, but Some Girls Are blows that out of the freaking water. (Which is saying a LOT, because Cracked Up to Be was good stuff.) It was like watching a realistic horror movie sans ghosts and serial killers and demons. I just wanted to scream at Regina, "TELL THEM! SCREAM AT THEM UNTIL THEY UNDERSTAND! WRITE THEM A LETTER! SHOW THEM THE EVIDENCE!" And all the while, with every attempt at vengeful one-upping each other, my stomach turned a little more. I was physically nauseated. It felt like Courtney Summers was gut-punching me with fists of awesome.

And even despite all the sadness and revenge and girl-on-girl (and guy-on-girl, infuriatingly) crimes, Summers still pulled out a sweet, delicate, vulnerable romance. I loved this book so much. As far as contemps go, this one will be hard to beat this year. I don't even care that it was published in 2010. This is one of the best books I've read this year and I don't think I'll ever forget it. It was downright scary.

All together now, teenagers scare the living shit out of me.

9 comments:

  1. I went the the same high school as you(obviously) and I agree with you. I never went to crazy parties and I wasn't picked on...And I don't remember seeing much or hearing much of that going on...

    I haven't read Cracked Up To Be yet...

    Lately I've been thinking teenagers annoy the hell out of me... :) In real life that is....usually not in books.

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  2. This book made me so nervous, anxious and disgusted by those mean girls that it ACTUALLY gave me stomach pains. It's a really powerful book!

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  3. This is going on my TBR list. I was a little unsure of reading it at first but you sold me. Thanks for the great review :-)

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  4. I've wanted to read this for ages. I love contemps and this one sounds really really good :)

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  5. I read This is Not a Test by her and it makes me want to stalk all of her books. I want to read this one now that I've read your review.

    Jenny at Books to the Sky

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  6. Agreed - I did not have that 'queen bee' at my high school...so I can't relate to a lot of those situations in books and movies but HOLY MOLY the angst in this one sounds like intensity in ten cities.

    I'll be sure to keep pictures of rainbows and butterflies and chocolate nearby while reading to keep me happy.

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  7. I'm a closet MCR lover too, but don't tell anyone ;P

    This sounds good. I've always been kind of drawn to books and movies that have those horrible girl situations because I never experienced anything like that in my life. Going to add this to my TBR now. Thanks for the review :]

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  8. Word. Teenagers are fucking scaryyyyyy.

    I mean, I am so glad high school is over.

    Courtney Summers? She writes total gut punchers. Now you need to read This Is Not A Test, it's like doing cardio while reading because you forget to breathe cuz your gut feels punched.

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  9. Haha, I love this review! Excellently written - and definitely gets the point across like a good Courtney Summers book :) Teenagers are scary, and it makes me take a step back and wonder where was I when all this drama went down?! I must have been L-U-C-K-Y!

    This book was POWERFUL.

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