Published: St. Martin's Griffin (1/5/10)
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.
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.
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.