Some Girls Are
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...more
Regina Afton was second in command to Anna, her best friend and head of the mean girls clique at Hallowell High S...more
Regina Afton is the beta to Anna Morrison’s alpha in Hallowell High. She’s been the messenger, the lookout, the to...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Regina is one of these mean girls I can’t understand. She does extremely awful and...more
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...more
Some Girls Are
Some girls are nice,
Some girls are funny.
Some girls are smart,
Some girls are pretty...
And some girls
(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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
But man oh man, did this bring back memories. Got me to do a lot of thinking. Things that I've done in the past, things that were done to m...more
First, I’d like to remark Courtney Summer's writing style. It’s amazing, page turning and I love how it seems like she’s teasing. Telling bits and pieces here and there but never fully giving in. With just writing one sentence or just one word per page she managed to get my heart raci...more
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...more
Courtney Summers has got a knack for showing it like it is. Girls are bitches, especially in high school and especially when they are suppose to be your friends. The main character, Regina Afton, is unceremoniously kicked out of t...more
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...more
So I am reluctant to even SAY this, but... I LOVED Some Girls Are even MORE. <3 The meanness of high school girls couldn't have been portrayed more bitterly, more sweetly. Summers shows how the littlest actions/words can be collected, saved, and used against...more
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I must disclose that this book was recieved for free through Goodreads First Reads Program...more
I'm not sure if I loved this book or hated it.
Highschools in America seem to be in their own little
You could tell from the beginning that it's one of 'those' friendships. I think we've all either seen or experienced it. The ones where they seem perfect on the surface but really they all hate each other, talk about each other, basically just stab each other in the back.
I've seen it myself and I always wonder WHY?
Why would you put yourself through hell, to be popular, to have friends, to have people who 'secretly' hate you and wish you nothing but the worst?
Being on the top of Hallowell High’s social ladder means everything, but once fall from the grace you achieved you never come back up. Regina Afton is a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, a clique that is feared, hated, but worshipped by the entire student body. People know not to mess with these girls but what happens when the Fivesome start to mess with each other? Regina Afton made a mistake she told a girl that she knew would backstab her a secret and n...more
Regina finds her best friend Anna, the most popular girl in school, passed out drunk in the basement. Anna's boyfriend is there, Donnie, but eve...more
Some Girls Are is a tale of high school bullying (among girls) at, possibly, its worst. Regina Afton is one of the 'Fearsome Fivesome'-the It Girls of her school, but after a rumor starts circulating around school and she's 'frozen out' she sees that as up as she was, she's about to be down.
Reading almost like a Lifetime movie about just how terrible h...more
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