Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Genre: Young Adult
Where I Got It: Around the World Tours
ISBN: ARC 978-0-312-57380-5
My Rating: 4 stars
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.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.
Wow – what a powerful book! I read it almost in one sitting! If you’ve ever wondered about bullying and it’s effect on teenagers, this is a book you should pick up. I’m sure many of us have dealt with bullying in one form or another (emotional/physical), so this book is very current in that regard. The book centers around Regina, part of the “Fearsome Fivesome”, who is the right-hand of Anna, Queen of the clique. Whatever Anna says to do, the rest of the Fivesome do it. When Regina finds herself as the designated driver at a party, she’s not very happy. The night turns worse when something happens that changes the course of her high school life. She becomes ostracized from the Fivesome and soon suffers the consequences of her supposed “betrayal” the night of the party. She is emotionally and physicallly harrassed by her former friends, for something she didn’t even do! It was so frustrating to read this book because the reader knows the truth, but Regina is unable to get her former friends to understand. They laugh it off and say she’s lying! Very aggravating!! Especially about a very serious situation!
Regina manages to find an unlikely ally in Michael, a boy she used to bully herself. This relationship is a bit odd and awkward, but Regina and Michael are able to help each other in ways we’d never think of. I really enjoyed the scenes with Regina and Michael. The unlikeliness of their friendship pulls you in and you just want them both to find peace and healing.
I wasn’t sure if I would like the main character, Regina. She used to be a big-time bully herself, but reading about her “fall from grace”, the author was actually able to make me sympathize with the character and her situation.
This is a very fast read and you won’t want to put it down once you start! It’s a hard book to read since it is about bullying, but I would definitely recommend it.