Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: January 5, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
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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 revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.
Some girls are bitches. Some girls are blackmailers. Some girls are bullies. Some girls are liars. Some girls
are were your friends.
“You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.”
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 to wring out of me as well as muting the story so I wasn’t pouring my guts to the world.
I haven’t exactly had the greatest years at school ever since high-school reached around the corner. Thinking now, I laugh at how cliché school really is. There’s always that mean girl that rules the clique and struts around the class like she owns it. Hell, I remember that she’d shout at anyone- specifically me if I was in her way. Yet I don’t think she chose to victimise me because I can get mentally weak, she started bullying me because we were best friends at the start of high-school. Then we grew apart after she befriended ‘the most popular girl in the year level’ and kicked me out of the group. She gave me a difficult time at school- being racist, scrutinising me, yelling at me, turning my friends against me, making rumours about me, giving odd looks at my parents whenever she saw them, and I was already experiencing difficulties at home. I had no one to turn to during that time. I still hadn’t got into reading. I was an utter mess. I was depressed. I still sort of am. But my mess is still going through the process being cleaned up by my new embrace towards books, you lovely book people and much, much better friends. And what I realised was; I’m better than her. I won’t let her get to me. Like the synopsis states, she’s gonna fall. Hard.
So when I read Some Girls Are, I felt like Regina’s soul was in mine, with me as I read. Unlike Parker from Cracked Up To Be, Regina was a character created for readers to empathise and root for. And, ever so expectedly, Courtney Summers delivers. My experience with Regina felt like dissecting a once-upon-a-time mean girl. This is where Regina and I was unlike each-other, I was never a mean girl. I was myself- which was a reason why I got kicked out of my group. Regina’s personality was highly likable which was a main contributing factor to why I enjoyed Some Girls Are so much.
Despite how jarring and uncomfortable this book made me, Michael evened out the scales. Contradictory to several other YA novels, Courtney does not simply throw in a love interest for the sake of being there. Michael was a victim of Regina and her clique’s bulling. So when Regina is frozen out, the only person she can turn to is Michael who may not ever accept her.
I’m rather impressed with the high-school stereotypes Courtney meddled with. I guess I’ve become much more flexible about them in novels as more and more I am finding them to be simply realistic. However this is only the case when they are implemented correctly and craftily. Not just for wasteful drama. The themes here also deserve a grand ovation (let’s save the huge ovation for the writing from this ninja-author) Some Girls Are is about forgiveness. Like Michael’s. Some Girls Are is about un-forgivingness. Like Kara- not letting go of a grudge, thirsty for revenge. Though more importantly, Some Girls are is about dealing with bulling. It’s about being one and being a victim of one.
Some Girls Are may affect readers hugely like me, and this is a large pro for Courtney Summers, just showing how realistic and unflinching her stories are. I have one more to add to my list (see start of review), some girls are genius writers like Courtney Summers. Out of the four books that I have read by Courtney, this one has to be my favourite. Crude and true; its life. And it can be a bastard.
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