Book Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are is a contemporary YA novel by Courtney Summers. It was published by St. Martin’s Griffin (US) on 5th January 2010 and the book is 245 pages long.

Plot
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.

What I thought
Courtney Summers is a new author to me but I’m really into American authors who write to an older YA audience. Books from these authors tend to be sugar coated a lot less and address real and important issues and that is exactly what this book does.

From the very first page, you can see that these characters are real teenagers. They swear, party, drink, take drugs and sleep around. Summers is certainly not afraid to show what teens really can get up to and I wish these books were published more over here in the UK. Obviously, this doesn’t give the best impression of teenagers but it is truthful and doesn’t make the characters out to be something they’re not. Although the teenagers are written this way, Summers does show that they have some sense in the way of designated drivers and also that there are consequences for your actions. I think that this was a great balance for characters who liked to live on the wild side a bit. It shows that you can’t get away with doing whatever you want, no matter how much you wish you could and this is a good message to put across.

Some Girls Are gives a huge insight into what like can be like at high school - how cliques work and what someone would do in order to be popular. Although Summers may take this to the extreme at times, I’m sure the same kinds of things do happen sometimes. The story doesn’t start out with bullying but a large chunk of it is focused on this. If you thought ‘Mean Girls’ was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. Some of the things that Regina has to go though are excruciating and I couldn’t believe what I was reading at times. What shocked me a lot though was that it wasn’t only the girls who were being bitches. The guys in this book were equally as bad and this isn’t something I have seen done before.

Even though Regina was a complete bitch like many of the other female characters, she never deserved to go through such a terrible ordeal. No matter what, I wouldn’t wish some things on anyone no matter what they may have done in the past. Strangely, what I found the most shocking was how Regina’s friends were so quick to not even listen to her let alone believe her. They were obviously not real friends to begin with. I really wanted to cry for Regina as she was put through some pretty horrific things after doing nothing wrong.

Although Michael was an unlikely friend, he knew how bad it was on the outside. Having a past with Regina made it difficult for him to even trust her, let alone help her, but once he saw what was happening, he couldn’t help himself. He realised that there was a lot more going on than Regina let on about or that other people could see. Regina’s parents were never around due to commuting for work so they never saw how bad things were actually getting. I didn’t really like how her parents were not around very much but if this hadn’t been the case, I doubt Regina would have ever confided in Michael so much and their friendship wouldn’t have been so good to read about. It was good to see that although someone knew what a person was like, they had the ability to see past their wrong doings and help them out anyway.

After reading this book, I definitely want more of what Courtney Summers is writing. Some Girls Are is a highly emotional read that shows how much people are hiding underneath the surface as well as what it takes to cope in high school sometimes.

2 comments:

  1. Oh god, this book absolutely destroyed me. It was so emotional that half-way through to the end I was doing the messy, ugly sobs. I was a wreck and I will always, always be excited to read a new Courtney Summers book.

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  2. I haven't read any books by Courtney Summers but I have read lots of reviews of her books. I think she is definitely an author I would like to read.

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