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Those Girls

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  884 ratings  ·  294 reviews
Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can't help but stab you in it.

Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has j
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Poppy
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Emily May
Apr 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
As Ashleigh Paige said: "It wasted all of its potential trying to be shocking when it should have tried to be smart."

Those Girls is an attempt to turn bitchy, horrible, shallow teenage girls into a raw and meaningful book. Other authors have been successful in doing so - Courtney Summers, Leah Raeder and Sara Taylor to name but a few. However, those authors' mean, awful female characters were also interesting and not completely brain dead.

These characters are mindless and annoying; more like
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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As much as I dislike television Chelsea Handler (I like book Chelsea just fine), she always seems to sum up my feelings about things perfectly . . .

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Sadly, Those Girls can be summed up in one simple quote from Drake’s “The Language” . . .

“She just want to smoke and fuck I said, ‘Girl that’s all that we do.’”

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Think I’m kidding? Here’s an actual quote from the book . . .

“We smoked, drank, fucked, everything down there; no
Sarah Elizabeth
Those girls
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley.)

"Same sh*t, new year. The first day of eleventh grade."

This was an enjoyable story about three best friends with some very mixed-up sex lives.

Veronica was labelled as a slut, but it wasn’t difficult to see why when she made a joke out of the number of boys she had had sex with. Why she was so uninhibited about opening her legs for any g
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from Amazon Vine.

One of the characters has an eating disorder that is mentioned but never dealt with. So there's a warning for that.

Anyone who loves dark YA contemporary novels likely has Those Girls on their TBR and wants to know how good this is on a scale from 1 to Courtney Summers (because as we know, Courtney is the queen of dark YA contemp). Even the similarity of its title to Summers’ novel Some Girls Are is screaming READ
An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.


Warning: This book contains the use of drugs, vulgar language and sex scenes.

First of all, I knew this was going to be like Gossip Girl book where frenemies existed. I had no idea how large and brash it would be though. The blurb in the description of the book states: "Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-pro
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book!!!! I loved it so hard!

This is the story of 3 best friends who are out of touch with each other. They've been through a lot together and have that history, but this year, it's like they are strangers to each other. 3 17-year-old girls who are finding out who they are and what they want, which may or may not include each other.... and they make take it a little too far.

My Thoughts:
I'm obviously in the minority here, but I freaking loved this book. I could not stop reading it. Everything
Ugh no. Putting this down at 12% because all this book is doing is making me really pissed and looking at all the other ratings on Goodreads, looks like there's no point in continuing. ...more
Can a book have negative stars? It's enough that I'm giving it 0 stars, but honestly I'd give it the lowest number of stars one could actually go gods. I don't know what to say. I seriously don't know what to say.

This is one of those books where I feel I find it hard to put my thoughts into words for reaction. Because there aren't any words. What was the author thinking? How did this get published? I don't understand really. This was an absolutely horrible book. I don't even want to
Taylor Knight
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs

In the synopsis of Those Girls on GoodReads, it says "Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart." This is a very interesting way of describing this book because I didn't find of that to be true.

Right away, I felt like I was suppose to hate the characters. Now, I'm not a fan of unlikable main characters because I want to like the main character. I want to connect w
These girls are the most horrible, spoiled, f*cked up, shallow pieces of sh*t I've read in a long time. ...more
Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
Some people are totally into seeing what goes on in the lives and minds of rich high school kids. There is a reason books like Gossip Girl and The Clique do so well. I guess I'm just not one of those people.

I seriously disliked this whole book. The characters, the plot, everything. Let's begin with the characters:
Alex joins a band (in the summary it says she doesn't tell anyone, but she actually tells everyone???) and has a crush on her best friend, Drew, who's basically a stoner. But then Drew
May 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF at 20%

I don't even have words for the amount of the book I read. I did skip to the end to see if there was anything redeemable to make me continue. There wasn't.

What I did read had jokes about abortion, a drunk girl sleeping with her BFFs boyfriend because someone called her a slut, mention of a teacher molesting students, and mention of drugging a girl "as a joke".

That's just not something I want to continue.

**Huge thanks to Little Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providi
Read InAGarden
Nov 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Those Girls is about three girls who are said to be best friends. But they are more like enemies than best friends. They continually stab each other in the back, call each other sluts, set each other up to fail, and root for each others failure.

It is amazing to this reader that this book is being published by a reputable print book publisher. The characters are flat and one-dimensional. They are not likeable and hard to relate to. Two of the purported best friends even decide to give the other
Laurence R.
May 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, to-review
I did not finish this book, because I couldn't stand the characters' definition of friendship. Personally, friendship and honesty and some of my top values, and this book was too hard to read about. I did like how realistic the writing style is, especially since I know there are people like that (who I can't stand), but it also made me hate the relationships.

(Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can't believe that's just how the book ended! What the heck! Full review to come.

Updated May 20, 2015

**Thank you to Poppy for allowing me to read a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!**

I had been looking forward to reading Those Girls for the longest time, though I had kept seeing negative reviews on Goodreads. That's why I'm going to start this review off by saying that this book isn't for everyone. If you don't like to read about catty girls who use vulgar language and mess arou
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'I wasn't even sure I wanted to be his girlfriend, but i was sure I wanted him to want to be my boyfriend.'

Those Girls is Lauren Saft's debut novel and it was definitely an amazing starting point.

We are shown three perspectives. Alex, Mollie and Veronica. Alex and Mollie have been friends for as long as anyone can remember but when Veronica is recruited to be friends with them everything changes. The girls don't tell each other vital parts of their lives; Mollie has a boyfriend, Alex joins
Jen Ryland
Jan 18, 2015 marked it as probably-not-for-me
Shelves: june-2014
Yawn. Books about roaming packs of overprivileged high school girls behaving badly seems so 2005. I'm sure there are there are girls like this out there but I don't really want to read about them and this seems like something written for shock value. After reading this author's Goodreads profile, I hope she writes another book. I'd love to read an insightful, interesting YA book that really captures how difficult it is to be a teenage girl today. ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Got to page 24 and couldn't read any more. This book was just plain terrible. Annoying MCs, creepy MCs, just awful. DNF. I don't recommend. ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anissa by: netgalley
I can't say that I really enjoyed this but I did find it compelling and worthy. It made me uncomfortable and the characters put me off fairly early on but I usually take that to mean that I need to stay and continue because for whatever reasons I'm feeling that way, there's likely a good reason the author's gone down this path and I want to know what that is. Saft definitely had a way of making her characters ones that truly had no knowledge of their personal self worth but also had an over-infl ...more
Heading into junior year, Alex, Mollie and Veronica are the queen bees of their school -- and they know it. They've all been friends since elementary school, but things are about to start changing for each of them.

Lauren Saft's Those Girls feels like its channeling the spirit of Mean Girls without any of the heart that made the movie work. The stories are told in alternating points of view from each of our three protagonists and I've got to admit that somewhere around a third of the way through
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This ARC kindly provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publisher.

life from the perspective of three “it girls”.

I enjoyed reading this, and there were times i really didn’t want to put it down, it was just a nice fun bit of escapism.

However, a full year disappeared in the blink of an eye with these girls, focussing on the big events. I would have also liked to see a little more of the nitty gritty details that got missed in the swapping between the 3 girls. And at the end i felt like it wasn
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

The characters in this weren't ones that I could warm to enough to like.

This wasn't an awful read, but I can't say I enjoyed it all that much. There were parts that annoyed me, and parts that dragged. Not really liking the characters didn't help either.
I was glad when I finished the book because of all that.

Overall, Not a very enjoyable read.
This is not a good book, but I also couldn't put it down.

Alexandra, Mollie, and Veronica are wealthy, privileged girls attending a private girls' school in suburban Philadelphia. They're "best friends," except it's obvious from the onset that they aren't. They're keeping secrets from one another and they're keeping judgments of one another. Alex is in love with a boy she's been in love with for a long time, and she's the group virgin. Veronica is the "slut" of the trio, and that's her label, he
Alex Belenky
May 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
First thing first, this wasn't exactly written for my demographic, and as a guy, I definitely relate way less to this book, but I was interested anyways.

Those Girls is told from the POV of three different girls – all best friends: Alex, Mollie and Victoria. They all have their own problems: Victoria feels like she wants to be taken seriously, wants plenty of attention and is just a hot-mess. Alex is in love with her best friend, and Mollie is just all over the place. She’s insecure and just over
Maggie Russell
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Those Girls in 2 days, total page-turner. If you liked Mean Girls, Gossip Girl, Heathers or Jaw Breakers, you will LOVE this book! I couldn't put it down! ...more
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!

*4.5 star rating*

Boo. I have so much empathy for a book when it's so hated on (and I turn out to adore it). Those Girls certainly is a book with that case, and I was so disappointed to see the low Goodreads average rating. Although I haven't read Gossip Girl, I know that it has that sassy, wild touch to it. Beware of screaming girls, swearing and explicit scenes. If you can't handle that, then I'm sure this
Oct 01, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2015-releases
This is such a Me book in theory, but in execution, it just didn't do it for me. Everything felt really surface, like it wasn't really tapping into any of the characters' emotions. It had such a strong opening with regard to Alex and Mollie's friendship, but I never really got it after that first chapter. Between later learning Mollie went to Veronica for all her sex-related stuff (I don't think that's a spoiler; felt kinda like an afterthought reveal) and Alex's whole "I've been trying to get o ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
**ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book has two things that I like - Good writing and examples of toxic friendships between teenage girls.

Unfortunately, being well-written couldn't make up for the fact that the aforementioned toxic friendships? They served no purpose other than to illustrate that friends like 'those girls' exist. A truly wonderful opportunity to show these friendships for what they are - damaging and unhealthy and not something to anyone
May 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well this book was very Mean Girls.

The girls are friends, but they want to see each other fall.

I really didn't pay much attention to the writing. I was really bored by it. The ending was a major snooze-fest.

These girls are motherf*cking scary. They do some scary shit.

But, they're all really f*cking retarded. They make really bad decisions, thinking it's good at the time, but they regret it later. The whole book is about the girls amending their decisions.

I thought this was going to be a heart-fe
Douglas Farrar
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't aimed at my demographic but I enjoyed it nonetheless. A quick and fun read that I zipped through and immediately recommended to my wife and her friends. I tried to date these kind of girls in high school. After seeing inside of their heads through reading this book I am glad I wasn't successful! ...more
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Lauren Saft holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University. She's worked in publishing, tv, education, child care, retail, journalism, and food service, all the while closely studying the habits and compulsions of teenage girls. She currently works as a tv producer in Philadelphia where she lives with her cat and creative inspiration, Desi. Her work ...more

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