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Smart Girls Get What They Want

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,993 ratings  ·  624 reviews
Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they're miss ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Sarah Strohmeyer
Mar 19, 2012 Sarah Strohmeyer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: young-adult
Heck...I wrote it!
I admit, I had my doubts about this book at first. The summary makes this sound like light fluff, right? And the first few chapters, well, they're kind of shallow. I mean, an academically obsessed girl accused of letting a dumb jock cheat off of her decides she's had enough of it and figures she'd rather be a social climber? Oh boy, I could see where this was headed, cheesy fun maybe but otherwise not much of a plot. But I seriously underestimated this book, turns out Strohmeyer was only using t ...more
SQUEEEEE!!!!! (That one's for you, Mitch. And you better not call my review "girly" because I'll throw it right back at you.)

This book was just what I needed - a cute, fun read that just leave you with a happy feeling. Yes, this book was cliche, and yes, it was totally predictable. But I liked the pacing of the book, and I thought Strohmeyer did a great job developing her characters and providing entertaining dialogue.

I love Gigi's personality. She had a sarcastic spunk to her, but not in an ann
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Apr 08, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) marked it as did-not-finish
Being as that I've read several books lately featuring extremely dumb girls (actually, the girls have been smarter than the women I've read lately), I was quite interested in a book which was touting smart girls in the title.


Truth be told, I couldn't get into it. This might very well have been a cute book, but it read too muc
Jan 12, 2015 Liz* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone looking for sweet and funny
Recommended to Liz* by: Lau
"…friends should have the right to adopt one another after age thirteen."

Powerpoint presentation, the hot new boy, homework and friends.

All the reasons why high school is an experience you could never forget. You might have loved it or hated it but you can't deny that was a simpler time when the worst it could happen to you was having a crush over your best friend or doing your best for higher grades.

Smart Girls Get What They Want hit very close to home in my case. I was one of those almost ner
Smart Girls Get What They Want has become the only YA contemporary novel that has finally reached the same love I have for Anna and the French Kiss. This is saying ALOT. I loved every single page of SGGWTW. It was full of laughs, such likable and flowing writing, realistic plot, amazing secondary characters, a kick-butt protagonist that is SMART and is independent, an enjoyable plot, and finally a cute boy to giggle about! That being said, beware, this review will be full of praises, gushing, an ...more
I chanced upon this book at the bookstore, saw the title, read the blurb and then bought it immediately.

“Smart Girls Get What They Want” is the kind of book I wish I read back in high school. I suppose that’s because I was considered as a “nerd” back in high school, so I could totally relate to Gigi, Neerja and Bea. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book – they were believable, smart (obviously) and funny, but also a bit clueless about everything. I especially loved the wonderful fr

Es tan tiernito este libro... quería leer algo lindo y feliz para equilibrar Battle Royale y no pude haber elegido una mejor opción.
Tengo que admitir que el prejuicio que siempre tuve con el género chick-lit se está tambaleando (gracias a mi amiga que me presta libros y al Literary Exploration Challenge). Esta no es la primera vez que me encanta una novela de ese estilo. Todo depende de quién la haya escrito.

Tenía un cierto temor de que a pesar del título la autora no lograra hacer protagon
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Review originally posted here.

What attracted me to Strohmeyer's first YA effort is obvious: the title. I want to live in this magical world where being smart will get me precisely what I desire. Of course, nothing's really that simple, and the girls spend a lot of time NOT getting what they want. SGGWTW (long-ass title even when abbreviated!) isn't so much about how being smart will open every door for you; it's about understand others and discovering yourself in the process.

The most powerful th
Candy Hartley
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I still had 10 pages to go when I decided to put it down, for I didn't want it to end!

10 minutes later, I couldn't wait any longer because I seriously needed to know the ending. Ugh, the struggle was REAL.

"Get Smart

Get everything."

With a tag line and title like that, how could you resist this book?

Gigi, Bea and Neerja are best friends and total scholars. Even
Get smart. Get everything.

Three best friends Gigi, Bea, and Neerja thought that high school is nothing. When they get into one of Ivy League colleges, they would have anything they want: the cute boys, the grades, and the happy-ever-after. Who needs high school when they can have Ivy League college waiting?

But when the girls see the empty year book of Neerja's genius older sister, Parad, a bunch of questions about success versus happiness raised up. Now it's their mission to ensure they got ever
Jennifer Lane
So Sweet and Cute!

I don't know about your high school, but in my school it wasn't cool to be smart. The popular kids were solid "B" or "C" students who didn't take advanced classes. I remember lying about my test grades a time or two due to embarrassment that they set the curve.

So when I came across a Goodreads friend's review of Smart Girls Get What They Want, I was definitely intrigued. Can smart girls have boyfriends and fun social lives too?

Gigi is a 10th grader who spends all her time with
Check out more of my reviews at ***Sinnging and Reading in the Rain***!

A tale about three "nerds" deciding to take a stand against social invisibility Smart Girls Get What They Want isn't just regularly amazing; it is epically amazing. It's cute, funny, and totally realistic, with just a hint of romance thrown in.

What Sarah Strohmeyer captures so eloquently in Smart Girls Get What They Want are the nerds. As a nerd myself, both academically and also outside of those confines, you all hopefully k
Sophie Riggsby
*Review published on Mundie Moms on August 4, 2012*

I’m always on the lookout for books I want my girls to read. They’re in 4th and 2nd grade now, but I know how fast years will pass and before long, they’ll be glancing through my shelves for reading material. And Smart Girls Get What They Want is a book I definitely want them to read.

These characters hit such a personal note with me and I know that my high school self would’ve fit in easily with Bea, Neerja and Gigi. I, too, could hardly wait t
Shreya (CCReviews)
May I just say, this is another book I've dived into this week and emerged utterly and positively surprised. I seem to be judging more books by their covers these days, much to my demise. If I hadn't opened this book, I would've missed out on a great experience. Everything in it fit together perfectly, and flowed smoothly. I didn't want to put this book down, and when I did, there was a magnetic force that was pulling me back towards it. I almost heard it calling to me, saying "Shreyaaaa, come o ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Oh, how I LOVED this book!

This is one of those books that took me by surprise. I was looking for a fun "chick lit" kind of book at the time I read it. I got that and so much more!

Gigi, Bea, Neerja are 3 ridiculously smart best friends. Their goal is to make it through high school with the highest possible grades and then get into a great ivy league school. When they discover a yearbook belonging to Neerja's older sister, they also discover that their goal comes with the price of an "unknown stat
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I thought this book is super cute and so fun to read! It amazed me with plot twist I did not see coming.

What I adored about this book is the great plot. The reader meet Gigi, a very smart girl who thinks she knows everything, especially what type of guy a jock is. Gigi is taking by surprise when she is paired up with the jock in a misunderstanding. This part of the book I loved. Gigi doesn't think twice to assume that he will just make her do all the work and take credit for it. Even he surprise
Guys, this book was SO SO CUTE. Like I love it a lot. This book was MADE for me, I swear. Not only did the cover & title attract my attention, but I instantly knew that I would be able to connect with the characters in the book, because, well, I'm a nerd, too. I'm so glad to say that my hypothesis was correct; I completely understood the characters and thoroughly enjoyed Smart Girls Get What They Want.

I'm not even quite sure if there is anything that I didn't like about this book. As I menti
Jul 05, 2012 Kira marked it as to-read
I read about three pages of the excerpt on the HarperCollins website and snorted coffee through my nose. I can't wait to get my hands on this.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
I loved this novel. From beginning to end, this was just a fantastic, fun, and romantic read. That this novel has three pretty brilliant female leads, who stand up for each other, watch each others' back, and aren't afraid to show their smarts? Awesome. The protagonist of the novel, Gigi, is a hardworking teen, supremely focused on acing her exams, getting recommendation letters, and making it into an Ivy League school. So what if she may not be having a so-called memorable time in high school? ...more
4.5 Stars

Wow! That was way better than I expected. I was hoping it would be an honest representation of what my current life looks like, and guess what? I actually got what I wanted.

I, however, can't give this book 5 stars because I reserve that honor for those books that give me special fuzzies. So I've rated it as 5 (simply because this book ROCKS, and I want people to read it), but in my heart it's a 4.5

Points for girls who ARE smart, and talk like smart girls, and think like GIRLS not stereo
Since SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT is basically about a group of three best friends who proudly shun the teenage world of high school parties, popularity, and social madness for unending hours of discipline, studying, and preparation for their shining futures on full scholarships to Ivy League universities, I figured I'd find something quirky and relatable that I could enjoy. I definitely identified most with the studious, bookish crowds in high school, so I was excited to read about level-hea ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Ok so I read this with no expectation. I can tell you now that if I had an expectation this book would have outdone it in anyway.

Gigi, the product of extremely bright academic parents has a work ethic that is astounding. I loved the fact that this girl, although smart needs to work to accomplish what she sets out to accomplish.

Her friends has the same ethic and that supports her life view as well their own.

And boy, does she work for what she wants. From burning the midnight oil to being present
If I had a teenage daughter, I would happily hand her this book to read for a few different reasons. 1. Strong, positive female friendships. I love that Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are able to put their friendship first and support each other no matter what. 2. Female characters that have goals, intelligence and morals. These girls are smart but inexperienced (when it comes to boys) and they aren't ashamed of that. In no way is that portrayed as a negative. 3. The importance of learning not to pigeonh ...more
I chose to review Sarah Strohmeyer's young adult debut because of its irresistible title: SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT. Combined with the excellent blurb, I was sold. (I'm not big on the cover though. No smart girl would wear those unflattering frames.)

Gigi, Bea, and Neerja become friends in elementary school. It's a friendship that's still holding steady in high school. It's good for them, since they support each other's endeavors and are in no way frenemies. But it's bad because they've neve
(4.5 Stars!!)
Wow, what a great book! It's kind of a relief after all the serious books I've been reading. :)

The story and plot are so interesting! I teared up at times and was screaming at others! I stayed up past my usual bedtime to get my full dose of this book and even preferred this book over the company of my friends. That's how good it was.

The writing was really beautiful too. Words flowed so beautifully together and it wasn't chunky and awkward at all.

Next, the characters. I can totally
Fatma A.
I'm going to describe it with one word: AWESOME.

I picked this book randomly and decided to give it a chance, I love those random moments. The writer 'll leave you speechless and kinda romantic.
The storyline talks about "Gigi" she's a sophomore in high school, She's extra smart which lead some people to say Genius ( which I don't like), because that's EXTRA smart not genius and there's this guy that call her Einstein which is okay, anyway Gigi's personality is so so lovely and she had 2 girlfrien
4.5 stars

By the title alone, I knew that Smart Girls Get What They Want, hereafter referred to as Smart Girls, because I can't be bothered, would be a great book for me. I was the uber nerdy girl in high school, and I'm proud of that, to an extent. But I do wish that us smart girls would get some more credit. Studying isn't all we do.

Right away, what I love about Smart Girls, is the main character, Gigi. Obviously, I could relate to her in a big way. But I really loved her narrations and the sar
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer is set in Boston. Gigi, Bea and Neeja are the best of friends and they all attend Denton High School. They’re also three of the smartest girls at the school and they spend most of their time studying together with some fun thrown in when they have time. They slowly realise that hardly anyone at school knows who they are, this includes most of their classmates, so they decide they need to try new things. When Gigi and fellow student Mike are accu ...more
3.5 stars

I was looking for something light hearted, fun and contemporary to read. A couple of my GR friends really liked this book, the blurb sounded fluffy and fun, hence I decided to go with it. I admit that I didn't expect to be totally blown away any it. And for the first 40% or so I wasn't. It took nearly half the book for me to really get into it. But the second half of the book was extremely good.

The entire book is very witty and I did really grow to like Gigi. Even if I found her extreme
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Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of fifteen novels one of which, THE CINDERELLA PACT, became a Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT.
Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROPOSAL was nominated for a prestigious RITA™. Her books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Turkish, Taiwanese and a bunch of others.
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“This is probably the advantage of being stupid. Stupid people just do. We tend to overthink. If we could eliminate the “over” and just think, then we could do, too. Only we’d be smarter doers because we’d be thinkers.” 68 likes
“In fiction, I searched for my favorite authors, women I have trusted to reassure me than not all teenage guys are total ditwads, that the archetype of the noble cute hero who devotes himself to the girl he loves has not gone the way of the rotary phone. That all I had to do was be myself (smart, hardworking, funny) and be patient and kind and he and I would find each other.

As Bea would say, this why they call it fiction.”
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