review: “some girls are” March 19, 2010Posted by Katie in reviews.
Tags: arc, realistic fiction, social issues
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.
St. Martin’s Griffin // ARC // 256 pages.
Reviewed from an ARC copy, from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program.
When Regina is almost raped by her best friend’s boyfriend at a party, she confides in Kara who swears never to tell Anna. But what Regina fails to realize is that Kara wants to be Anna’s best friend — and wants to ruin Regina’s life. Now instead of being Anna’s favored friend, Regina is the outs with everyone at school, and is physically and emotionally paying for it. Because Anna and Kara are some of the meanest girls ever and their only goal is to make Regina suffer.
It’s hard to say that I liked this book, because it’s such a difficult subject matter. But I did!
The writing is absolutely amazing — real and gritty. I cannot even say how many times I wound up flinching while reading this book. The physical torment that Anna, Kara, and the rest of the clique put Regina through is horrifying and turned my stomach on occasion. This book is not for the faint of heart and is definitely an upper YA read.
What makes this book amazing and memorable is Regina’s development, her journey to move past this former mean girl who can’t even stand up for herself.
Regina’s parents and teachers seem utterly clueless about what’s going on in her life. I was convinced that someone had to know what these girls were doing — and rather than stopping it, they allowed it to happen.
Michael, Regina’s only companion throughout most of the novel, is a well-developed supporting character and I really liked what his character brought to the novel and offered to Regina’s own development.
I would definitely recommend this book to teens, but I would caution the teen about the heavy subject matter before putting the book in their hands.