Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

One afternoon I had a few spare minutes and I innocently picked up Some Girls Are to read. I say innocently because I had no idea I would be so completely sucked into the story and unable to put it down until I finished it a few hours later. You know how you dream about books like that? When you read as much as many of us do, those hard to put down books are rare. I was utterly enthralled with this read.

Some Girls Are opens with Regina as the designated driver at a party which means she's the only one sober. She's ready to be done but her best friend's boyfriend tries to rape her. Regina is shocked and doesn't know what to do. She goes to someone she thinks she can trust for advice. The next thing Regina knows, she's the target of a hate campaign. Her best friend has turned against her and its war. This is mean girls to the extreme. Vile, hateful, things happen and watching it all unfold through Regina's eyes has a demanding sense of urgency. As a reader, I was fully immersed in this world, I felt everything happening to Regina and everything she was doing. I probably never would have been as courageous as she was, and I thought some of what she did wasn't very wise, but the thing is, I very much felt like I was in her shoes.

Regina tries to make new friends, she deals a little bit with her past, she meets a new guy but anything that makes her happy is an immediate target of her enemies, once friends. The degree to which things go may shock you.

I really feel as if I can't express enough what a fantastic read this was. Regina is a flawed character to be absolutely sure, but she grows. She also is fierce in her own way, and by the end of the book, in all the right ways. And the ending...the ending is not a smooth easy resolution, but it is a resolution and so very right. I loved this book, it felt so very real.

Rating: 4.75/5
Things You Might Want to Know:oh all kinds of things including profanity
Source of Book: Bought it
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin


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