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Some Girls Are

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  10,761 ratings  ·  1,234 reviews
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 reven ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Nov 03, 2011 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May
Shelves: ala-ya-2011, 2011, ya
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What a mean, ugly, venomous, relentlessly cruel book this is! I almost developed some ulcer myself just by being in the main character's head.

The "mean girls" novels are not something that interests me very much in YA lit. Ever since Before I Fall I feel mildly dissatisfied in how such stories generally unfold. In Before I Fall, for instance, I thought there was a lot of humanizing and excusing of mean girls going on, with not enough of owning up to their actions and
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“We’re the kind of popular that parents like to pretend doesn’t exist so they can sleep at night, and we’re the kind of popular that makes our peers unable to sleep at night. Everyone hates us, but they’re afraid of us too.”

Regina George has always been a member of the “Fearsome Fivesome.” She and her besties rule the school under the watchful eye of the resident queen bee, Rizzo Anna . . .

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They have spent their high school years t
Kristin (KC)
Mar 26, 2015 Kristin (KC) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristin (KC) by: Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Shelves: intense, new-adult-ya
*5 Stars*

I need a Tum.

Because that was some serious high school insanity.

Some Girls Are…mean, and genuinely fucked up—and this story is a solid testament to that. But it’s also a very realistic portrayal of the ugly side of high school, and, more specifically, the vicious cycle of bullying.

I’m gonna go ahead and five-star this book for the simple reason that I could NOT put it down. The GENIUS writing style is what made this one shine, for me: compelling and raw, edgy and intense … I swallowed

some folks...

this was my first book for the readventurer challenge. this was catie's recommendation for me, and i really liked it - yay! i had just finished reading This is Not a Test, so i was glad to read another book by this author, even though this was more of a realistic YA book, and i tend to skew to the dystopian/horror side of the YA field.

this book is about a girl named regina who is nearly raped by her best friend/queen bee anna's boyfriend at a party. they are both part of a super-tox
Emily May

I'll get the small amount of negative out of the way first. This book was faultless right up until the very last minute where I felt the ending was pulled together rather hurriedly and just ended up being quite a weak conclusion to a deeply emotional and, at times, horrifying novel. It's the only bad thing I have to say about this book and I was still left feeling certain that I would read Cracked Up to Be and Fall for Anything.

The story in many ways reminded me a lot of Speak. Both novels were
I thought this book was going to burn a hole in my stomach.

Even now, when I think about it I feel a visceral surge of anxiety; it triggers a physical response that echoes the rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath that accompanied the reading.

I mean this as a compliment to Summers’ writing. The ability to elicit such an intense and provocative reaction is, I think, testament to her skill. Some Girls Are is almost relentlessly harrowing in its portrayal of bullying and abuse, accentuated by Regi
Mar 17, 2011 Flannery rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like gritty YA
Some girls are...(view spoiler). That's the takeaway from this book. High school is a nightmare for a large number of people and there will always be that crowd of people that finds pleasure in ruining the reputations of others. This book is like watching a trainwreck--it is completely awful, but you just have to keep reading to see how it all turns out.

Regina Afton was second in command to Anna, her best friend and head of the mean girls clique at Hallowell High S
Actual Rating: 4.5/5 stars

THIS WAS SO SO GOOD. What a brilliant, emotional and evil novel!

I just.. The ending felt really rushed to me. I was like, THAT WAS IT?? I had the same sentiments with ALL THE RAGE and I wonder if Courtney Summers really write these open-minded conclusions? Can't wait to read more from her, though! Thanks for the rec, Chelsea!

Full review to be posted on the blog.
Nov 02, 2011 Catie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Catie by: Flannery, Emily
Shelves: read-in-2011, ya
Wow. Well, I can’t say that this was enjoyable. It made me feel uncomfortable, disgusted, and horrified. The ending, while maybe a bit hopeful, was pretty bleak. But still I say, Wow. This is an extremely unflinching, harsh look at the twisted dynamics of teenage girl “friendship,” and a much more comprehensive picture of the mean-girl psyche than other one-note portrayals I’ve seen.

Regina Afton is the beta to Anna Morrison’s alpha in Hallowell High. She’s been the messenger, the lookout, the to
Three words: (some girls are) very very mean

I really wish I could write an intellectual, well thought out, comprehensive review, that could do an exceptional book justice. Because if a book ever deserved that type of review it would be Some Girls Are.

I honestly don’t know how Courtney does it. How can she write a character that is a bitch, in all essence of the word.... and make me like her.... feel sorry for her even! I should hate her, hate all that she stands for, for all those bitches in hi
Elaine: (on boys giving wedgies) Boys are sick.
Jerry: What do girls do?
Elaine: We just tease someone 'til they develop an eating disorder.~Seinfeld
There can be something so vicious and primal about the way young women torment and bully each other. It's tribal and unrelenting and it disturbs me to my very core because I have three young nieces, one of who is on the cusp of tweendom. And right now I can't decide what would be worse - to have them grow up to be the bullies? Or the bullied?

All I
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
My heartbeat slows to nothing and then, when I'm sure I'm dead, it thumps once. Twice. Three times. Steady and even. I'm still here. I get to ten beats and then it beats faster-twenty, faster, thirty, faster, forty. Do something do something do something.


Just.....just. Wow. And, ya know, I had never even read a book by this author two weeks ago and now I like...worship her. Every word has gravity to it. Every sentence is a slap in the face. Each page i
Kathe L
Actual rating: 3,5 stars

Maybe it's unfair to do this review right now, given the emotional place I am. But I need to take everything out of my chest. This may be a horrible, confused review, though.

Beginning to that you-know-which part of the book:
I almost couldn't read this. I almost threw up a lot of times. My friends and my family always say that one of the worst things about me is that I have a happy bubble and I love my happy bubble and this book WANTED TO DISTURB MY HAPPY BUBBLE. The thin
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘
I'm going to use a Joker card here.

Hmm sorry - not this one.

This is better.

WHY? Because yes I finished it but for now I'm completely unable to rate it. It would be a positive rating (3.5 to 5), but what exactly? I'm kicking the ball into touch, sorry. Yes, this book disturbed me that much, and I think a reread will be necessary for me to make a decision.

This no-rating is bugging me. Let's give it a 4. Because I CAN, duh.

Indeed, while the writing was flawless and the book literally unputdownabl
I received this in the mail last night from First Reads and started it immediately. And wow. NOT what I was expecting AT ALL! This book was so hard to read, but practically impossible to put down. I loved the characters and hated them at the same time. It's really fantastically written and Summers managed to make me feel all of the anger and desperation and exhaustion and loneliness and fear and exaltation and...hope...that the characters feel--I was completely stressed out and anxious the entir ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This is going to be a tough review because I don't normally rate anything written by Courtney Summers this low. When I first started reading, I thought I was really going to enjoy this one. It starts off well enough, with Summers' distinctively gritty writing showing us a world of teenage drugs, alcohol, and sex that quickly explodes into a slightly terrifying assault. I think my biggest gripe is that this story never really slows down. The bullies are a bit over-the-top, almost to the point of ...more
Re-read: 1/18/12

Somehow, it's even better the second time around.

If you follow my reviews, you know how much I hate clique books and mean girls. I expected to really dislike this book. I thought it would just be another Gossip Girls wannabe. For once, I was wrong. First impressions can be deceiving.

Some Girls Are is a lot like Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen. But unlike Sarah Dessen, Courtney Summers knows how to handle gritty topics.

The protagonist of Some Girls Are is Regina Afton, a sixteen-y
Jul 18, 2009 Courtney added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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“You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.”

Some girls are bitches. Some girls are blackmailers. Some girls are bullies. Some girls are liars. Some girls are were your friends.

I read this book about a month ago however it is still vibrating through my body, still so vivid, still so affecting. Some Girls Are, turned out to affect me more than I expected. So forgive my personal review. Which mind you, took many tears t
What is there to say about this book? I’m really not sure. It is a book I most definitely did not enjoy reading, yet it was almost impossible to stop. You know, like when you see a car wreck and you know you shouldn’t look at it, but you just can’t help yourself? Some Girls Are is this car wreck. Not in terms of writing or plot, no, certainly not. But in terms of being cruel, dark and almost brutal in its honesty.

Regina is one of these mean girls I can’t understand. She does extremely awful and
Ash Wednesday
“In high school, you don’t get to change. You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.
So I should just make the best of it.”

Sometimes its so hard to talk about a book when the issues they choose to tackle is a concept that is simultaneously foreign and familiar. I was never bullied in high school. My memories of that period in my life were of bad acne, awkward hair lengths and bra-related embarrassments. It wasn't pleasant but it wasn't a nightma
If you would ask me point blank if I enjoyed reading this novel, my answer would be no. Because can you really enjoy something that hurts so much? Can you find delight in something that pisses you off so much? Now, if you asked me if this novel is one that needs to be read? Not only is that answers yes, but I would also add that this is a story that I'm thoroughly thankful for. It shines the most brutal light on bullying, not giving us a choice to look at it first hand. To experience the pain, t ...more
Courtney Summers is the type of author who makes her novels feel physically real. For me, reading a book by her is more than just feeling the book, the crisp pages beneath my fingers or the soft paperback in my palms; it's about that slow pressure that builds in my head, pounding in tension, and that ulcer-like knot in my stomach, stealing the breath out from me. It isn't a pleasant feeling, but I almost crave it, for the moment I crack open the spine of one of these books, I can't put the book ...more

Some girls are weak, some girls are conniving, some girls are wretched, vile, petty, reprehensible, fucktards, beastly, browbeaters, evil, injurious, dreadful, loathsome, tormentors, insolent, spiteful, and just fucking mean. Some girls are twats.

Let me take a second to pop my eighth vitamin C drop and blow my nose on my ‘face wipes’ because my place of employment do not believe in tissues. I will also take this moment to let you know that this damn summer cold thing has greatly altered my perc
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Some will find this book unbelievable. How can one girl experience so much physical and mental abuse at the hands of her fellow students and it goes almost completely unnoticed? I'm living proof that you can be bullied like the girl in this book.

Because of my connection to Regina (though I NEVER was mean to anyone, I was simply bullied), this book made me sob. I thought, as a 38 year old adult that I moved on from my past. I guess not. I cried so much, I had a hard time reading. I felt stupid b
I cried. All night long. It was that impressive.

I decided to fix up this review, because I remember writing it in a fit of an emotional state, and not knowing how to express my love. Upon finishing Some Girls Are, my mind hadn't been able to process much, and somehow all that had been able to come out of me was mediocre explanation and overuse of the word "good". I'm hoping this change-up will redeem myself.

Speaking from experience, and also of what this novel has reminded me, I can say with tru
Even sick as a dog I was able to tear through this book. This is my second book by Summers and once again she delivers an MC that is messy and complicated. At times you want to smack her and then the next moment your heart is breaking for her. I took one star off for the rushed, wrapped up in a nice bow, ending.
Warning: Do not make the same mistake I did -- picking this book up to read a little bit before you go to sleep. I was up til 4am. Could. Not. Stop. Reading. We've seen this sort of story before, but Summers puts her own spin on it, and I was equal parts sorry for and disgusted by Regina, but ultimately, she's the protagonist, and if nothing else, this novel brings home the fact that no one can see inside someone else's head to know their motivations. While a few of the plotlines were guessable ...more
Mar 21, 2010 Daisy added it
You think vampires that want to kill you in high school are scary? Or maybe werewolves who could rip your throat out?

They’re cotton candy compared to the high school in Courtney Summers “Some Girls Are,” the January 2010 follow-up to her well-received debut “Cracked up to Be.”

No, there’s nothing like the high school hell she makes her characters endure in “Some Girls Are.”

Even standard high school misery, like clueless teachers, cliques and gym are kittens next to Hallowell High, where the Fears
Aly (Fantasy4eva)

Reading SOME GIRLS ARE was extremely tough for me. Even during the last ten pages or so, I was doubting for the first time if I could finish it. Even as I write this review I'm not sure how I really feel.

I think I'm going to get a little personal here. It's relevant to the story, important, and it seems the only way that I can give you a hint of where I'm coming from.

I had two best friends for over nine years. Nine, excruciating, fucked up years. One was exactly like Anna - the boss, and the ot
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COURTNEY SUMMERS was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. To date, she has authored five novels. Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published three more books–2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book, Some Girls Are, 2012 YAL ...more
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