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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  9,511 ratings  ·  1,120 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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Tatiana
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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karen

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
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Reynje
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
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Flannery
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
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Catie
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
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Kristi
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
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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
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Trudi
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 c
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Lara
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
Cory
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
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Janina
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
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Courtney
Jul 18, 2009 Courtney added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Ash Wednesday
4 STARS
“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 nightmar
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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
Giselle
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
Melanie
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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
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Keertana
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
Kim

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
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Alyssa
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
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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
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Daisy
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
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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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Penny
This book inspired me to write the following poem:

Some Girls Are

Some girls are nice,
Some girls are funny.
Some girls are smart,
Some girls are pretty...

And some girls
Are evil,
Scum-sucking,
Soul-destroying,
Baby-eating sociopaths
(Who deserve to choke to death on their own vomit!)

(Or, you know,
something like that.)



Okay, so, I'm no poet and I know absolutely nothing about poetry, but it's true: some girls are really jacked up; lack anything resembling a conscience. However, some girls do have he
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Tammara
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
Nikki
This book really had me stumped. I actually had to sit in front of my computer screen for a whole thirty minutes to decide whether I liked it or not. No, really. This book had me switching sides every time I turned a page.

If there's one thing I appreciated in Some Girls Are, it's the idea it revolves around. Summers opens up this whole new (and very, very terrifying) meaning to high school that keeps you wanting to read more and more even though you don't want to. You see? It's just so contradic
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Eleanor
Some girls are… just mean girls. Like Eleanor Rigby. Let me be frank, like Regina Afton in this novel, I wasn't a nice person in high school. In fact, over the past few years in my adult life, I've apologised to three separate girls I was pretty mean to. Two of them accepted my apologies and said "Hey, that was just high school and we were just being stupid teenagers." One of the girls refused to even look me in the eye and you know, that's okay. I don't expect her to ever forgive me, cos I woul ...more
Courtney
When I was in high school, I had my share of bullying, gossip in the locker room and, well, general issues that come with being a girl and being friends with other girls being girls. Some girls were worse than others, and some were pretty decent -- but at some point every girl in high school is going to be at the end or beginning of a rumor: it just happens. So what I was hoping for with Some Girls Are was something real and true and honest about how, at one time or another, we all wrong other p ...more
jo mo
May 18, 2012 jo mo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to read a story about a mean girl, her downfall & the facing of repercussions
imagine my surprise, after the disappointing cracked up to be. this book shook me to the bones. it was absolutely painfully horrible in an honest kind of way. (my brain is still mush from reading that book) glee. anger. fear. disgust. scorn. - i'm sure you'll experience a variety of emotions yourself while hungrily devouring this book.

before being frozen out of the fearsome fivesome clique, regina afton was a horrible girl intent on being popular and doing all it took to stay that way. when that
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Steph Su
SOME GIRLS ARE is another powerful tale that establishes Courtney Summers as one of the most talented YA authors writing today. With her trademark simple but powerful writing, Summers explores the deepest, darkest sides of humanity that most of us are unwilling to admit actually exist.

Summers’ writing skips past the B.S. and overly excessive descriptions that often plague literature and get right to the heart of the story: nearly inexpressible raw emotions. Her words are the opposite of rich, an
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

After This is Not a Test I was sure that I'd be reading other books by this author. I loved her writing style and the way she crafts her characters. It's even possible to touch them and you have feeling like you're inside them. In Cracked Up to Be it was a bit different as it's a contemporary read, but Courtney's world is real and as such cruel. He brought that to a new level in Some Girls Are.

We're once again back in the high school, for some the cruelest p
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Courtney Summers can't wait for the zombie apocalypse. Also she is the author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE, FALL FOR ANYTHING and THIS IS NOT A TEST, four edgy young adult novels published by St. Martin's Press.

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