By: Melanie | September 11, 2013 | (20) Comments

Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney SummersSome Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: January 5, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 246
Source: Library
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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.

5 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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20 Responses to Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

  1. glass says:

    Melanie, first thank you for sharing little bit of your personal life with us. I think that the best books are those that make us feel something strongly. I felt the same way. And yes, high school is the biggest cliché – I’m a teacher now and I see it every day.
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  2. Jasprit says:

    Melanie this is such a beautiful review! I love it when you come across a book which is able to understand you more and make more sense out of your life than anyone else could. I’m sorry about everything that you had to go through, but glad that you could find such a strong connection with Regina and this story! *hugs*
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  3. Amelia says:

    Oh honey, thank you for sharing a bit of your story. That really tore me- some people in this world don’t understand what they can do to people. *hugs tightly*

    Beautifully written review, Melanie! No need for sorties, personal reviews are always the ones that convince me to try new books.

  4. Fantastic review!!! I still remember that time last year, when you were going through all this- I have honest intentions to punch her in the face. Show me her next time I visit! Anyway, Some Girls Are sounds like a wonderful novel- not necessarily my cup of tea but I’ll try as your review is perfection.

  5. FIVE STARS (err, boats)! Even though I’ve only read one book my Courtney Summers – This Is Not A Test – she’s quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, because of all these positive reviews! I think books that still make you feel and think about even a month later are the kind of books that MEAN it. You know, the kind of books that actually impact you, and not just for a week or a few days. I’m not an overly emotional person (but I have been crying a lot over characters these past few weeks, so that counts as something, right?), so I think a powerful read like Some Girls Are would be exactly what I need. Plus, relatble characters are always pros in my book!

    Great review, Melanie – I really liked your first paragraph!
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  6. Nara says:

    Awww Mel! Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your personal story- you’re so brave and strong to be able to put it out there *hugs*

    This sounds like such an amazing book! I’ve only read one book by Summers so far, and I think I’ll definitely have to read this one at some point too!
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  7. Wonderful review! I’m sorry you had such a difficult time in high school, though I’m very happy that you’re finding people and things in your life to make you happy. That’s always the main thing. 🙂

    I think I’d really love this, but I say that about all Courtney’s books. I knew after I read my first Courtney title, I needed more!

    -Lauren
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  8. Jenni says:

    I have to say that I am loving coming to your blog this week and getting my Summers fix! This one seems to have resonated with you a lot which is awesome because it did with me as well. Courtney’s writing is awe-inspiring! Fantastic review, Melanie!
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  9. What a wonderful review Mel <3 Thanks for sharing that bit of personal information and don't let them get you down ^^ You are great. This doesn't sound like a book I'd normally read, but I'm a bit more interested now.
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  10. Melanie, you are awesome and when I was in eighth grade I had a lot of the same feelings about you, because I always felt my friends hated me and that they talked about me behind my back. But, as cliche as it sounds, it does get better, and you are too great of a person for it NOT to get better in the future, and if you ever want to talk, you totally can talk to me because I love youuuu <33 I'm really glad that you realized that you were better than her (because you totally are). 🙂

    But onto your review, I'm so happy that you were able to relate to this one so wholly, especially Regina's character. I love when authors can take stereotypical characters and make them seem realistic, because most stereotypes are stemmed from a general consensus of what certain people are like. Michael sounds like such a well developed and significant character, as well. I really need to read this one soon, because I've heard nothing bad about Courtney Summers' books and also this one seems so realistic and relatable 🙂

    Fantastic, beautiful review, Melanie! <33
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  11. Love this book so much and I’m glad you liked it too. Sorry about what you went through with your friend. It’s really hard when someone you consider a friend seems to change completely. It happens to a lot of us, and it’s just really tough *hugs*
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  12. Melanie, what a lovely review! I’m so glad to hear you loved this book. It’s hard when you connect with a book like this, but it makes it all the more powerful for sure. It’s great when a book resonates though. Thanks for your awesome review 🙂
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  13. This is such a beautiful review Melanie, especially being able to relate it to your personal experience. I hope you are a stronger girl for going through that <3 Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Peer pressure or not, I don’t think I ca get past the uncomfortable, no matter how hard I try. I just don’t deal well with issue books, choosing to be an escapist instead. I will eventually read Courtney Summers because even I can’t ignore the hype.
    BEautiful review, darling. And you couldn’t be mean if your life depended on it.

  15. Fantastic review!! This book sounds like it’s very real. I love books that can suck me in and make me believe what is going on. I’m so sorry about the bullying that happened to you. Some people are just horrible. I think you are wonderful. Don’t let those mean girls bring you down. It was very brave of you to tell that bit of personal information.
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  16. Gayatri says:

    Quite a In-Depth review you have given here. I do have this book in my TBR but until now I hadn’t given it much thought (because lets face it there’s always too many books in TBR’s) and with so many books plus studies piling up sometimes good books do get lost ! I will be reading this book as soon as I can !
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