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 know that I'm not a monotonous drone that buzzes "School. School. Must. Do." 24/7. Yes, school is a very important factor in my life, as with many other people, but it doesn't dominate my life and I'm not one to say that my grades are something that I stress about the most. Gigi, our protagonist, is exactly like me when it comes to the nerd department, which made her very personable and relatable. She was funny, she cared about how she looked, and she valued things other than school and getting straight As.
Another thing I loved about Smart Girls Get What They Want was the romance in itself. It was that kind of sweet high school romance that had everybody "Ooh"ing and "Ah"ing over it. We don't go through a case of insta-love, and the love interests change throughout the story, like most high school romances do. Gigi originally had a crush on Will, but then started to develop feelings for another boy who wasn't who she thought she was. In my opinion, that just made Gigi an even more endearing character because of the way she learned things about herself and the people around her.
In fact, most of the time the romance sits on the back burner while Gigi, Bea, and Neerja went through their journeys as teenagers and found their way through their lives. Gigi conquered her fears, Bea faced her past, and Neerja confronted her feelings for her all-time crush while participating in what she loved most. The thing about Smart Girls Get What They Want is not only the romance aspect of it, but rather how these characters grow and change throughout the novel. We see them change from invisible beings to socially accepted, with friends.
A compelling story where finding oneself and reevaluating one's thoughts on his or her peers are closely related, Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer will not fail to completely lure you in and keep its grip on you until the very last page.(less)
To be perfectly honest, I was really reluctant to read Confessions of an Angry Girl. Really reluctant. I had heard a few mixed things about Confessions of an Angry Girl, and I didn't know what I would end up thinking. However, I did not expect everything I was expecting to be blown out of the roof. I loved Confessions of an Angry Girl. It was everything I wasn't expecting and more. Confessions of an Angry Girl is angst-y and so relatable—half the time I was wondering if somebody had stolen my diary and given it to Louise.
Rose was a real character and I loved how she was flawed. She was awkward in her own shoes and a girl after my own heart. Honestly, Rose is pretty much the spitting image of me, besides the anger, of course. She's shy and uncomfortable in her own skin, until she's pissed off about something. Then you see the claws come out. Rose was angry about her life, and she completely had a right to be. She was still extremely loyal to her friends, and the reason I was first drawn into Confessions of an Angry Girl was mainly because I could see myself in Rose, which made the story all the more alluring.
From the very first moment I really loved the plot. There was a budding romance that did not seem cheesy at all (contrary to what I've all preached to you before about contemporaries) and I absolutely loved Jamie. Like, loved him. He really cared for Rose but he was still a really "bad" character. As in, Jamie had a fierce attitude, but you could see he had a soft spot and you could tell he really liked Rose and was concerned about her and her wellbeing.
Confessions of an Angry Girl wasn't just about having a relationship with a great guy, it was much more. Rose was battling her way through school and also with her family. Her brother had abandoned her, and her mom was robot-like, just going through the motions of life without much thought. Rose was trying to deal with her insecurities, insecurities I can assure you many teens have. Louise crafted a delicate tale of a girl's insecurities and struggles in life and formed them into a beautiful story. I am definitely going to be looking out for the sequel of Confessions of an Angry Girl, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend.
Overall, Confessions of an Angry Girl is a relatable story to teens everywhere about a girl dealing drama, romance, and insecurity.