Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Good Reads: 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.

This was a frightening adventure into the world of mean girls. It's disturbing to read about just how horrendous young people can be to each other, and disheartening to realize that this is a reality for too many young people. There was quite a bit of swearing in the story. I realize that not everyone in the world shares my view that vulgar language is unnecessary, and that the dialogue and use of profanity is an accurate representation of "typical" teenagers. That being said, this was a one day read for me. I couldn't put it down. The story was very compelling, and I was eager to see how things were going to play out for Regina. I also look forward to reading Cracked Up to Be. Courtney Summer is a talented writer.

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