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Some Girls Are

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  14,391 ratings  ·  1,710 reviews
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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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 too quickly and just ended up being 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 reminded me a lot of Speak. Both novels were extremely well-written w
Kristin (KC)
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristin (KC) by: Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Shelves: young-adult
*5 Stars*

I need a Tum.

Because that was some serious high school insanity.

Some Girls Are…mean, and genuinely effed 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 it
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
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
“If I have to live with this, I don’t want it to be hard.”

I wonder if you look up synonyms for ‘poignant’ you’d find the name Courtney Summers in there? Because it should be.

The ability to succinctly convey this much complex struggles, this overflowing of emotions in the span of less than 300 pages is the very definition of poignant if you ask me. What is even more stunning is that she keeps doing it book after book after book, unfailingly. With such ease.

If she was a journalist she would b
Yashaswini Malik
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Some books make you happy, some make you cry, some leave you untouched, some teach you a life lesson and then there are those books. Those books that make you laugh and cry, they make you so emotional that you get drained of all emotions, they teach you a life lesson and they leave you wanting for more.
This is one of those books. It leaves you confused and torn, it makes you like an unlikeable protagonist.

Regina Afton had it all, then she had nothing.
She was not the bullied, the kind, the loving
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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
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
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
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars!

I came across this book the other day while browsing Audible. The description caught my eye and before I knew it, I had pressed that button and it was ready to go.

I was pulled in immediately. From the description, I knew it was going to involve a lot of bullying, but I don’t think I realized just how much it would affect me.

Regina Afton was once a part of the “Fearsome Fivesome”. However, an incident at a high school party changes everything for Regina. At school the following Monday
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
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. ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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
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
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Flannery, Emily
Shelves: ya, read-in-2011
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
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc, favorites
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
Feb 20, 2021 marked it as u-r-not-my-type
Why does the person on the cover look like Loki in a Green Hoodie???!! Maybe I am just a little obsessed with Loki lol

Hoohooo..I am the new Sherlock guys😂😤
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
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 ✘
▐░ 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
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
Jenny Baker
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Update: 11-7-19

Here I am six months later and I'm still thinking about this book. I finally realized that when I react this strongly and emotionally, it's because it's well-written. If I had taken my time to think about it before posting my review instead of making a snap-judgment, I would have realized that. I do love Courtney Summers's writing. She always manages to push all my buttons. If you've never read any of her books, Sadie is a good place to start or with this one.

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I'm dead inside!!!!!

Buddy read with xD

♛ may

gosh dammit this book is mean. i feel like the ending was REALLY rushed but hey i can't give it less than 5 stars anyways


book #3 in the buddy and reread CS binge with poop ❤❤

im literally incapable to read anything beyond her books atm
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

I think this book is something I would have rated higher if I had read it closer to when it was released (2009). I liked it, but not enough for four stars. This is a book I bought years ago after seeing many positive reviews here on Goodreads and it became a part of my defeat the TBR shelf mission in 2020.

A high school drama about bullying and redemption. It was kind of a mix of Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen, and Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. Like I said, I enjoyed it, but it didn’t sta
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is intended for YA audience. But the topic of the story is so real with everyday life as YA/NA. Bully, popularity, social pressure, sexual assault, friendship and family. Regina is the heroine of the story. She is one of the popular girl. Until during 1 party, she was sexually assault by her best friend's boyfriend. Suddenly the rumors in the school is against her. She lost all of her social status. She ends up on the trash lunch table with Michael. And their friendship begins. Regina ...more
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
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
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 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
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