Smart Girls Get What They Want
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
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‘‘You know, why not us? We’re the smartest people in our class, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be ruling this school instead of being locked up in…’’ She looked around the bare room. ‘‘Here.’’
It was decided. Gigi, Neerja and Bea were going to take over the world.
Well, not quite, but they were getting there!
This is exactly the book I was hoping to read. Smart Girls Get What They Want promotes:
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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 ...more
I thought was I going to be all rawr girl power. You know - GET SOME, BITCHES. WE DON'T NEED TO TRIP OVER OUR SHADOWS, OR GIGGLE AND BOUNCE LIKE IDIOTS TO GET WHAT WE WANT.
Truth be told, I couldn't get into it. This might very well have been a cute book, but it read too muc ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
For once, the main character isn't a popular girl who doesn't like to read and who never studies for her exam. Instead, she and her two best friends accumulate near-perfect grades in hopes of getting into the college of their choice, all of it by studying until late at night and even early in the morning. If that isn't different from most YA novels, than I don't know what else it could be. I could see myself a lot in these characters, because ...more
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 ...more
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 protagonista ...more
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 ...more
This started lamely. Three supposedly smart young girls talking about a plan to gain fame and all the things they were missing out in high school just because they were big nerds. That didn't sound appealing at all, it even seemed like it was all a big mock to this kind of girls.
Luckily I did push me to read on, and after a couple of chapter I was all in. The characters end up being really likable and that stupid premise was replaced for an actual good one: a story about how three girls wh ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I'm not even quite sure if there is anything that I didn't like about this book. As I menti ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Gigi was refreshing. She was sarcastic and funny. Sort of like Ali from the White Rabbit Chronicles minus the supernatural mojo. I actually agreed with a lot of her decisions and I loved how she put her friends first. Bea and Neerja were great supporting characters. Bea was feisty and strong willed. She was the kind of girl you loo ...more
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