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Some Girls Are

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Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her—and her best friend's boyfriend—start going around.  Now Regina's been frozen out, and her ex-best friends are out for reve ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Lola  Reviewer
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Someone please order my heart to be quiet. It won’t listen to me.

I feel so tired. It’s like reading this book took all my strength and left me with a melancholic sentiment.

I shake it off.

There you go. I feel better already.

Liar. How can someone just go on with their lives after they’ve read Some Girls Are and not give it a second thought? It’s so impossible I can’t even imagine an alternative universe where such thing is fathomable.

Regina used to be a terror. But then she went to a party and An
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May
Shelves: ya, 2011
As seen on The Readventurer

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
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“We’re the kind of popular that parents like to pretend doesn’t exist so they can sleep at night, and we’re the kind of popular that makes our peers unable to sleep at night. Everyone hates us, but they’re afraid of us too.”

Regina George has always been a member of the “Fearsome Fivesome.” She and her besties rule the school under the watchful eye of the resident queen bee, Rizzo Anna . . .

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They have spent their high school years t
Kristin (KC)
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristin (KC) by: Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
Shelves: young-adult
*5 Stars*

I need a Tum.

Because that was some serious high school insanity.

Some Girls Are…mean, and genuinely fucked up—and this story is a solid testament to that. But it’s also a very realistic portrayal of the ugly side of high school, and, more specifically, the vicious cycle of bullying.

I’m gonna go ahead and five-star this book for the simple reason that I could NOT put it down. The GENIUS writing style is what made this one shine, for me: compelling and raw, edgy and intense … I swallowed
Emily May
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Courtney Summers sure doesn’t waste her time. When she writes stories, she means business and she’s all about the serious dirty business, I’m telling you. Some Girls Are for me is her darkest, grittiest novel yet, even scarier than her zombie duology.

Some Girls Are is a story of girl who was once a part of the “Fearsome Fivesome” composed of girls who are so mean and so effed up, they scared the crap out of me. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like in the shoes of Regina who gets kicked out

some folks...

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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
If you ever have the chance to read this book, DO IT. It is so, so, so, so important and so full of harsh truths that don't get discussed enough. Courtney Summers is a hero for writing this.
I thought this book was going to burn a hole in my stomach.

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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like gritty YA
Some girls are...(view spoiler). That's the takeaway from this book. High school is a nightmare for a large number of people and there will always be that crowd of people that finds pleasure in ruining the reputations of others. This book is like watching a trainwreck--it is completely awful, but you just have to keep reading to see how it all turns out.

Regina Afton was second in command to Anna, her best friend and head of the mean girls clique at Hallowell High S
Actual Rating: 4.5/5 stars

THIS WAS SO SO GOOD. What a brilliant, emotional and evil novel!

I just.. The ending felt really rushed to me. I was like, THAT WAS IT?? I had the same sentiments with ALL THE RAGE and I wonder if Courtney Summers really write these open-minded conclusions? Can't wait to read more from her, though! Thanks for the rec, Chelsea!

Full review to be posted on the blog.
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Three words: (some girls are) very very mean

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
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Flannery, Emily
Shelves: read-in-2011, ya
Wow. Well, I can’t say that this was enjoyable. It made me feel uncomfortable, disgusted, and horrified. The ending, while maybe a bit hopeful, was pretty bleak. But still I say, Wow. This is an extremely unflinching, harsh look at the twisted dynamics of teenage girl “friendship,” and a much more comprehensive picture of the mean-girl psyche than other one-note portrayals I’ve seen.

Regina Afton is the beta to Anna Morrison’s alpha in Hallowell High. She’s been the messenger, the lookout, the to
Elaine: (on boys giving wedgies) Boys are sick.
Jerry: What do girls do?
Elaine: We just tease someone 'til they develop an eating disorder.~Seinfeld
There can be something so vicious and primal about the way young women torment and bully each other. It's tribal and unrelenting and it disturbs me to my very core because I have three young nieces, one of who is on the cusp of tweendom. And right now I can't decide what would be worse - to have them grow up to be the bullies? Or the bullied?

All I c
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
My heartbeat slows to nothing and then, when I'm sure I'm dead, it thumps once. Twice. Three times. Steady and even. I'm still here. I get to ten beats and then it beats faster-twenty, faster, thirty, faster, forty. Do something do something do something.


Just.....just. Wow. And, ya know, I had never even read a book by this author two weeks ago and now I like...worship her. Every word has gravity to it. Every sentence is a slap in the face. Each page i
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
▐░ I'm going to use a Joker card here.▐░

Hmm sorry - not this one.

This is better.

WHY? Because yes I finished it but for now I'm completely unable to rate it. It would be a positive rating (3.5 to 5), but what exactly? I'm kicking the ball into touch, sorry. Yes, this book disturbed me that much, and I think a reread will be necessary for me to make a decision.

This no-rating is bugging me. Let's give it a 4. Because I CAN, duh.

Indeed, while the writing was flawless and the book literally unputdow
Kathe L
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3,5 stars

Maybe it's unfair to do this review right now, given the emotional place I am. But I need to take everything out of my chest. This may be a horrible, confused review, though.

Beginning to that you-know-which part of the book:
I almost couldn't read this. I almost threw up a lot of times. My friends and my family always say that one of the worst things about me is that I have a happy bubble and I love my happy bubble and this book WANTED TO DISTURB MY HAPPY BUBBLE. The thin
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This is going to be a tough review because I don't normally rate anything written by Courtney Summers this low. When I first started reading, I thought I was really going to enjoy this one. It starts off well enough, with Summers' distinctively gritty writing showing us a world of teenage drugs, alcohol, and sex that quickly explodes into a slightly terrifying assault. I think my biggest gripe is that this story never really slows down. The bullies are a bit over-the-top, almost to the point of ...more
Jul 18, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: aahiwrotethis
I received this in the mail last night from First Reads and started it immediately. And wow. NOT what I was expecting AT ALL! This book was so hard to read, but practically impossible to put down. I loved the characters and hated them at the same time. It's really fantastically written and Summers managed to make me feel all of the anger and desperation and exhaustion and loneliness and fear and exaltation and...hope...that the characters feel--I was completely stressed out and anxious the entir ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Re-read: 1/18/12

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
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
If you would ask me point blank if I enjoyed reading this novel, my answer would be no. Because can you really enjoy something that hurts so much? Can you find delight in something that pisses you off so much? Now, if you asked me if this novel is one that needs to be read? Not only is that answers yes, but I would also add that this is a story that I'm thoroughly thankful for. It shines the most brutal light on bullying, not giving us a choice to look at it first hand. To experience the pain, t ...more
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it

Some girls are weak, some girls are conniving, some girls are wretched, vile, petty, reprehensible, fucktards, beastly, browbeaters, evil, injurious, dreadful, loathsome, tormentors, insolent, spiteful, and just fucking mean. Some girls are twats.

Let me take a second to pop my eighth vitamin C drop and blow my nose on my ‘face wipes’ because my place of employment do not believe in tissues. I will also take this moment to let you know that this damn summer cold thing has greatly altered my perc
What is there to say about this book? I’m really not sure. It is a book I most definitely did not enjoy reading, yet it was almost impossible to stop. You know, like when you see a car wreck and you know you shouldn’t look at it, but you just can’t help yourself? Some Girls Are is this car wreck. Not in terms of writing or plot, no, certainly not. But in terms of being cruel, dark and almost brutal in its honesty.

Regina is one of these mean girls I can’t understand. She does extremely awful and
Ash Wednesday
“In high school, you don’t get to change. You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.
So I should just make the best of it.”

Sometimes its so hard to talk about a book when the issues they choose to tackle is a concept that is simultaneously foreign and familiar. I was never bullied in high school. My memories of that period in my life were of bad acne, awkward hair lengths and bra-related embarrassments. It wasn't pleasant but it wasn't a nightma
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Courtney Summers is the type of author who makes her novels feel physically real. For me, reading a book by her is more than just feeling the book, the crisp pages beneath my fingers or the soft paperback in my palms; it's about that slow pressure that builds in my head, pounding in tension, and that ulcer-like knot in my stomach, stealing the breath out from me. It isn't a pleasant feeling, but I almost crave it, for the moment I crack open the spine of one of these books, I can't put the book ...more
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“You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.”

Some girls are bitches. Some girls are blackmailers. Some girls are bullies. Some girls are liars. Some girls are were your friends.

I read this book about a month ago however it is still vibrating through my body, still so vivid, still so affecting. Some Girls Are, turned out to affect me more than I expected. So forgive my personal review. Which mind you, took many tears t
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Courtney Summers can make you feel all of the feels. This book broke me, but I couldn't be happier about it.
lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
Trigger Warnings: Everything?? Sexual assault (on page), suicide mentions, eating disorders, drug & alcohol abuse/use, mental illness, death threats, violence, bullying, fat shaming, there was some MI shaming that was challenged,

I honestly have no idea what to rate this book. It was extremely draining.

On one hand I 100% understand what it was trying to convey. Bullying is a SERIOUS issue that not enough people take seriously (and yes, sometimes that includes teachers because mine did not c
We're sick. We're sick. We're sick girls.

What a little mind fuck we have here.

I hated this book. I hated it with all my heart, which in terms of Courtney Summers books means all the pain and struggle was worth it. You get used to Summers' constant punches in your gut, her slaps on your face. You start loving it, because that's what her books are all about: sick, depressing and sometimes heart-breaking stories that you can't not love. Some Girls Are is yet her craziest novel. And of course I
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Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. At age 14, and with her parents’ blessing, Courtney dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently. At age 18, she wrote her first novel and never looked back. Her first book, Cracked Up to Be, was published in 2008, when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL ...more
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