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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 missing ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Lola
3 1/2 stars.

‘‘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:

● Friendship
● School & Studies
● Involvement in activities
● The/>This/>
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Bonding with people in high school isn’t such a bad thing and I’m speaking from personal experience. Like the girls in the story, I was a certified high school “dork” who chose to sit on a corner and bury my head in books so I wouldn’t have to mingle with other people because one of my greatest fears was (and still is) physical social interaction. It’s why I’m so adept at online social interaction. Hehe.

But during graduation practices, I was given a chance to interact with a lot of my classmate
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Mitch
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I admit, I had my doubts about this book at first. The summary makes this sound like light fluff, right? And the first few chapters, well, they're kind of shallow. I mean, an academically obsessed girl accused of letting a dumb jock cheat off of her decides she's had enough of it and figures she'd rather be a social climber? Oh boy, I could see where this was headed, cheesy fun maybe but otherwise not much of a plot. But I seriously underestimated this book, turns out Strohmeyer was only using t ...more
Katy
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
SQUEEEEE!!!!! (That one's for you, Mitch. And you better not call my review "girly" because I'll throw it right back at you.)

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 t
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Juhina
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Smart Girls Get What They Want has become the only YA contemporary novel that has finally reached the same love I have for Anna and the French Kiss. This is saying ALOT. I loved every single page of SGGWTW. It was full of laughs, such likable and flowing writing, realistic plot, amazing secondary characters, a kick-butt protagonist that is SMART and is independent, an enjoyable plot, and finally a cute boy to giggle about! That being said, beware, this review will be full of praises, gushing, an ...more
Liz* Fashionably Late
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone looking for sweet and funny
Recommended to Liz* Fashionably Late by: Lau
"…friends should have the right to adopt one another after age thirteen."



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
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Donita Luz
This was such a sweet, frustrating at some point(I'm looking at you Gigi) but still an enjoyable book that reminds me of how much I took my high school life for granted.

Reading about Gigi, Bea and Neerja's high school life is making me super jealous. I love how this 3 smart friends are unaware of how unpopular they are in their school. They are clueless and innocent and adorable I would totally love to be on their circle of friends.

Smart girls get what they want is not on
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jul 06, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
Being as that I've read several books lately featuring extremely dumb girls (actually, the girls have been smarter than the women I've read lately), I was quite interested in a book which was touting smart girls in the title.

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 t
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Sophia Sardothien
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really sweet and fluffy, it makes my stomach do all sorts of knots <3 everything about this book was amazing :D
Celina
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I chanced upon this book at the bookstore, saw the title, read the blurb and then bought it immediately.

“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
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Jennifer Lane
So Sweet and Cute!

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
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Laurence R.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is fluffy and sweet and smart. Just perfect.

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 charact
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Noella
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
When it comes to this review, I won't be a boxer, I'll keep it brief: Gaga for Gigi! Like for Mike!
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelves
Review originally posted here.

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
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Shii
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shii by: Lau
3 1/2

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
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Hilda
Get smart. Get everything.

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 everything they deserved from h
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Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*Review published on Mundie Moms on August 4, 2012*

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
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eileen
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Check out more of my reviews at ***Sinnging and Reading in the Rain***!

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 al
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Liviania
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I chose to review Sarah Strohmeyer's young adult debut because of its irresistible title: SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT. Combined with the excellent blurb, I was sold. (I'm not big on the cover though. No smart girl would wear those unflattering frames.)

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
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shre ♡
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
May I just say, this is another book I've dived into this week and emerged utterly and positively surprised. I seem to be judging more books by their covers these days, much to my demise. If I hadn't opened this book, I would've missed out on a great experience. Everything in it fit together perfectly, and flowed smoothly. I didn't want to put this book down, and when I did, there was a magnetic force that was pulling me back towards it. I almost heard it calling to me, saying "Shreyaaaa, come o ...more
Carlie K
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is originally posted on www.candythebookishgirl.wordpress.com
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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.

"Get Smart

Get everything."

With a tag line and title like that, how could you resist this book?

Gigi, Bea and Neerja are best
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Jen
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Guys, this book was SO SO CUTE. Like I love it a lot. This book was MADE for me, I swear. Not only did the cover & title attract my attention, but I instantly knew that I would be able to connect with the characters in the book, because, well, I'm a nerd, too. I'm so glad to say that my hypothesis was correct; I completely understood the characters and thoroughly enjoyed Smart Girls Get What They Want.

I'm not even quite sure if there is anything that I didn't like about this book. As I mentioned bef
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book is super cute and so fun to read! It amazed me with plot twist I did not see coming.

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
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Bluerose's  Heart
Oh, how I LOVED this book!

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 p
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Michelle (FabBookReviews)
I loved this novel. From beginning to end, this was just a fantastic, fun, and romantic read. That this novel has three pretty brilliant female leads, who stand up for each other, watch each others' back, and aren't afraid to show their smarts? Awesome. The protagonist of the novel, Gigi, is a hardworking teen, supremely focused on acing her exams, getting recommendation letters, and making it into an Ivy League school. So what if she may not be having a so-called memorable time in high school? ...more
Ria
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

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 gi
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Wanda Hartzenberg
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Ok so I read this with no expectation. I can tell you now that if I had an expectation this book would have outdone it in anyway.

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 burnin
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Brittney
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-owned
Sarah Dessen may have to take a backseat, because it is quite possible that I have a new favorite author. I'm probably speaking too soon, but this book is soooo good.

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
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Fafa's Book Corner
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Valerie
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
If I had a teenage daughter, I would happily hand her this book to read for a few different reasons. 1. Strong, positive female friendships. I love that Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are able to put their friendship first and support each other no matter what. 2. Female characters that have goals, intelligence and morals. These girls are smart but inexperienced (when it comes to boys) and they aren't ashamed of that. In no way is that portrayed as a negative. 3. The importance of learning not to pigeonh ...more
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Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of 18 novels for young adults and adults, including the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT and THE CINDERELLA PACT, which became the Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT.
Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and Romantic TImes Award for Best First Mystery. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
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“This is probably the advantage of being stupid. Stupid people just do. We tend to overthink. If we could eliminate the “over” and just think, then we could do, too. Only we’d be smarter doers because we’d be thinkers.” 77 likes
“In fiction, I searched for my favorite authors, women I have trusted to reassure me than not all teenage guys are total ditwads, that the archetype of the noble cute hero who devotes himself to the girl he loves has not gone the way of the rotary phone. That all I had to do was be myself (smart, hardworking, funny) and be patient and kind and he and I would find each other.

As Bea would say, this why they call it fiction.”
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