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Smart Girls Get What They Want

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  6,498 ratings  ·  823 reviews
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 miss ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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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
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
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 to her, but not in an ann
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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.


Truth be told, I couldn't get into it. This might very well have been a cute book, but it read too muc
Liz* Fashionably Late
"…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 in my case. I was one of those almost ner
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 only about 3 girls conquer
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
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 wonderful fr
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 characters, because
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!
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 all her time with
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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 most powerful th
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 girls wh
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
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 they've neve
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
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 ever
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
Carlie K
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 friends and total scholars. Even
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 he surprise
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 price of an "unknown stat
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
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
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 girls, and think like GIRLS not stereo
Natasha Hurwitch
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Mrs. Tyson, for reminding me about this book! It is such an uplifting tale, and Gigi, Neerja, and Bea are the best friends anyone could ask for. If Disney were to make a movie about this book, I would probably never stop watching it.
The message is clear without being overwhelming, the romance sophisticated without being overly complicated, and the characters all have growth! This book's plot details are like the main friends: in perfect balance.
3.5 stars

I was looking for something light hearted, fun and contemporary to read. A couple of my GR friends really liked this book, the blurb sounded fluffy and fun, hence I decided to go with it. I admit that I didn't expect to be totally blown away any it. And for the first 40% or so I wasn't. It took nearly half the book for me to really get into it. But the second half of the book was extremely good.

The entire book is very witty and I did really grow to like Gigi. Even if I found her extreme
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Since SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT is basically about a group of three best friends who proudly shun the teenage world of high school parties, popularity, and social madness for unending hours of discipline, studying, and preparation for their shining futures on full scholarships to Ivy League universities, I figured I'd find something quirky and relatable that I could enjoy. I definitely identified most with the studious, bookish crowds in high school, so I was excited to read about level-hea ...more
4.5 stars

By the title alone, I knew that Smart Girls Get What They Want, hereafter referred to as Smart Girls, because I can't be bothered, would be a great book for me. I was the uber nerdy girl in high school, and I'm proud of that, to an extent. But I do wish that us smart girls would get some more credit. Studying isn't all we do.

Right away, what I love about Smart Girls, is the main character, Gigi. Obviously, I could relate to her in a big way. But I really loved her narrations and the sar
Anna (Literary Exploration)
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
More of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration

When this book showed up in the mail along with a few others from HarperTeen I had no idea what it was about. I honestly had never even heard of it, and since I'm not a big contemporary reader I was a bit skeptical. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! Not only is this book adorably fun, but it's a great summer read! Gigi and her friends, Bea and Neerja, have been holding themselves back from enjoying high school by spending
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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 PROPOS

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