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The Girls

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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Meet Mary: She’s beautiful, she’s nice, and her ski star boyfriend is cheating on her.
Meet Crystal: She’s a townie, she works at Mod Jeans, and she’s cheating with Mary’s boyfriend.
Meet Sylvia: She’s nasty, she’s rich, and she’s got something up her Prada-designed sleeve.
Meet Amber: She’s a flake, she’s the barista at the hot
Paperback, 205 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams (first published April 1st 2009)
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Paula  Phillips
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who's seen the movie "The Women" where if you can recall , it featured around a main character whose husband had been cheating on her with another women, and the friends all banded together to "expose" the other women who was below their class as a shopgirl.
The Girls by Tucker Shaw is a modern remake of the classic play "The Women" and whereas the movie was aimed at the older audience of women. The Girls is aimed simply at the Teenage/ YA audience. In the Girls we have the main characters of Pe
Hmmm, what do we have here?
A YA version of The Women?
Instead of women in their midlife crisis, we have whiny, backstabbing teenage girls?
Um, yes, please!

If you are familiar The Women, then you know the plot. If you aren't, then I'll tell you the short version.

Mary thinks she's happily married. Until she discovers that her husband, Stephen is cheating on her with a townie woman, Crystal. Sylvia, Mary's "best friend" is determined to ruin Mary's life with the help o
I wanted to like this book as fun, light chick lit. The first half of the book was entertaining. But then it fell apart. Too many girls got involved and too many love triangles were involved. I wish the book would have just focused on Peggy and left the other rich, spoiled Gossip Girl type characters out. Perhaps if I was familiar with the play/movie "The Women" I would have appreciated it more. On the positive side it was an extremely quick read.
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boringgg
what did i just read...
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun short read. The main character Peggy was kind of a downer. She kept talking about how she wanted to be a good friend but then she never was because she was just too self absorbed and "didn't want to deal with it". Thankfully it was a quick read because I don't feel it was much of a story. Also, the coincidences in it were just too far fetched.
Deena Allouni
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun light read and easy on the heart
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed
At a prestigious boarding school in Aspen, Colorado, one week is going to change the lives of these girls forever. What starts as a rumor that Mary’s boyfriend is sleeping with some other girl spirals into a mass of lying, cheating, and scandal. Boys…can’t live with ‘em, can’t…well, sure you can live without ‘em!

This book is loosely inspired by The Women, a 1936 play that was later made into a film with Rosalind Russel and Joan Crawford, and then remade in 2008 in a less amusing vers
Jennifer Wardrip
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Peggy has just returned to Maroon Bells School for Girls (MBSG) after break. She stops off at the Timberline (aka the Timberlake) to get a coffee. If she'd have gone straight to school, she would never have heard the gossip. But she did, and from there, the start of the semester goes downhill.

Peggy has overheard Amber (who works at the Timberline) and Sylvia (a rich girl at MBSG) sharing gossip about Mary. Mary is Peggy's roommate an
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
The Girls reminded me of a series like Gossip Girl, only a tamer version. It has less swearing, no sex, and an equal amount of backstabbing bitchiness. I love books like this, so it'll come as no surprise to hear that I devoured The Girls in one sitting. It's a modern retelling of The Women, a play by Clare Booth Luce, and although I haven't ever read the source material, I had no problems getting to grips with the story.

Tucker Shaw has an excellent grasp on the lives of rich teen gi
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tucker Shaw's The Girls is based upon the play The Women, which also has a movie version with an all-star cast, FYI. So while I hadn't seen the play, going into The Girls, I had some idea of where the novel was heading. Luckily, The Girls met my expectations and then some. Shaw did a good job of intertwining the girls' individual stories so that they tied together beautifully. Since the novel's less than 200 pages (the actual product description includes the pages of recipes after the novel is o ...more
Your Average Bookworms
The Girls was a drama filled novel which I enjoyed reading. I liked that it was short, which allowed me to finish it quickly.

Mary was my favorite character, because even though she is the richest girl in her school, she doesn't take it to her head, and use her money for granted. For example, whenever she buys lattes, she always goes to the cheap coffee shops because buying lattes at an expensive coffee shop that tastes the same isn't worth the extra money. I honestly felt really bad
Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya-contemporary
Girls, a novel by Tucker Shaw, is a modern retelling of Claire Boothe Luce's classic play The Women. The original play did not feature any males in the cast and neither does the book. Males are important part of the plot but there is no visible dialog/scenes with males.

Meet Peggy. A culinary genious from Denver. A girl who attends preppy boarding school at Aspen, Colorado. Meet Mary, Peggy's best friend. A girl who has just learned that her boyfriend Stephen is cheating on her. Meet
Smart Girls in the YA Stacks
If you enjoy feeling massively condescended to by your book covers, "The Girls" might be for you. (Listen to our full podcast on the book here)

This book was good in theory, but seriously stumbled in the execution before falling off a cliff. "The Girls" is a retelling of Clare Booth Luce's wonderful play, "The Women", with the characters and setting transferred to high school girls at an exclusive boarding school in Aspen, Colorado. Unfortunately, this book pales in comparison to the play, an
Doug Beatty
Apr 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This was a pretty trashy novel but quite fun. If you remember the old movie the Women, with Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, this follows it along but set in a girls boarding school. Peggy is not one to spread gossip, but she hears that Stephen, the boyfriend of her best friend Mary, is playing around with Crystal, a hussy who works in a boutique. Peggy chooses not to tell Mary, but Mary eventually does find out, from Sylvia and Amber. Apparently Crystal is not just happy with Stephen and has qu ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book The Girls by Tucker Shaw is an amazing book but, it's only for GIRLS. Girls is about a girl named Peggy and she goes to a Girls Boarding School in Aspen with a lot of rich and snotty girls. Except for a girl named Mary, her and Peggy are best friends. Sad for Mary her boyfriend is cheating on her with another girl named Crystal. There are two other girls named Sylvia and Amber they are both rude and like to gossip. Sylvia is very rich and snotty. Amber is a snot and always the first one ...more
Susan  Dunn
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
We're hoping to get this local author to come to the Teen Lit Conference this April. Cute book - I would have never guessed it was written by a man! Peggy and her roommate Mary are juniors at an exclusive girl's boarding school in Aspen. Mary is beautiful and rich and Peggy is on scholarship, but they are best friends. When Peggy finds out that Mary's perfect boyfriend is cheating on her, she doesn't know what to do. There's lots of angst and backstabbing, and cooking too (Peggy works at a local ...more
I thought this book was cute. I think it's a good book for girls. The narrator of the story has to deal with some rumors going around about her best friend, and you see how they both have to deal with the situation.

I think the story is a little slow in certain points and it's a little difficult to get attached to the characters, but overall, it was a good book.

I love the recipes at the end!
Jie Jie
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon
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May 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really remember exactly what this book is about because I read it last year and I've read tons of books since then. I do remember that it's all about girls and has a lot about food in it! I really liked the food portion of the book. I love how there was one girl who would think about food in her head! There were also recipes in the book. I liked this book because there wasn't drama, like dramatic drama, sex, drugs, or stuff like that in it. The book was simple.
I rate it three and. A half stars this book seemed to have no real plot or substance but it was good with drama and I liked it the fights were funny !!!;) and some shockers the beginning was boring because nothing was happening them it got better towards the end the book ending in a weird position
Like I felt it wasint done although i dont plan to read anymore books from this author i reccomend if u want a girly quick light read :)
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a redone version of the play THE WOMEN. Very light and quick read. Not an intense or earth- shattering story (just teen boyfriend drama), but sometimes you need a fun escape, and this book was perfect for that. The writing was good; when the words just flow from the page and into your brain, you know the author can really write.

One extraordinary thing about this book is the author is male and he really nailed the girl's voice. Very unusual, I think, and tough to pull off!
Abbey Provost
"The Girls" by Tucker Shaw was very interesting. It was your typical private, all girls school drama that you see on every new TV show. But this book was all girls. There were boys mentioned, but they never spoke. It was something different that kind of spiced it up a bit. Overall I enjoyed it!
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and entertaining read by the food editor for the Denver Post (how is it that a young (thirties? I met him at ALA) man can write in teenage girl voices so well?). Contains mouthwatering food descriptions, natch, and a few recipes at the back. Makes me want to go and read the original -- Clare Booth Luce's The Women.
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
A book about all of the girls BUT the protagonist who is probably the character with the most potential. Packed full of drama and clothes, but doesn't sizzle like others in its Gossip-Girl-genre that it seems to be trying to emulate. Short paragraphs and chapters may make this a quick read for reluctant readers, but I think there are better similar books that one could recommend.
Christine Hiller
Ok, but nothing too exciting. I didn't fall in love (or despise) any of the characters so the book fell a bit flat for me as a result. Middle schoolers who like The Clique series would enjoy this book.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well .. its gets Good at the end , I Seriously thought it would be better .. there is something missing in it .. But overall love the recipes and the whole Gossip Drama

Tucker shaw could've taken it a bit fair & at whole lot better

I sort-of get how this was supposed to be a pint-sized version of "The Women", but it really read more like a tamer, Aspen-based version of Gossip Girls (albeit one that I wouldn't mind MS students reading). The recipes in the back look pretty cool...
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
About five girls. One is a the main charecter PEGGY, one is the best friend MARY, one is a barista AMBER, one is a total deviant slut trying to get with everyones boyfriend and play with them CRYSTAL, and one is a harmless rich bitch SYLVIA.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fun easy read w/multiple two timing boyfriends and food dishes thrown throughout...
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
this book was ok. i didn't really have any expectations but it was ok.
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Tucker Shaw, who has been featured on the Today show, is the author of Everything I Ate and many popular books for teens, including Confessions of a Backup Dancer. His previous Amulet novel, The Girls, was a twist on Clare Booth Luce's classic play The Women. He lives in Denver, where he is a food editor for the Denver Post.
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