Google+ Reading Teen: Some Girls Are by Courney Summers

Monday, October 1, 2012

Some Girls Are by Courney Summers

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (January 5, 2010)
Language: English
Buy the book: Amazon
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.
Reading this book was a lot like watching a train wreck or a car's ugly, messy, bad things are happening and you know you should look away but you just can't.  The story is about a group of girls who are feared and hated by the school population.  Regina Afton is the BFF of the top dog of this group until a wedge is driven between them by another member of the group.  This causes Regina to be not only shunned by her former group but also physically and verbally abused.  The other students in school who have been targets of this group delight in watching this unfold.  This is a somewhat predictable tale of redemption and growth.  Regina comes to understand what she has put other people through and grows as a person because of it.  Unfortunately, I just didn't care for this book.  The story has been told in other ways without all the language and ugliness.  The characters were underdeveloped, and many of the storylines were left hanging.
  • I gave up on keeping track of the content of this book early on.  The language, sexual content, instances of drinking, drug use, acts of violence and meanness are voluminous.  


  1. Ah, too bad it wasn't all that great. The cover and synopsis both looked so good ... but I do appreciate your honest and well-written review! :)

  2. I'm sad to hear that you didn't enjoy this one. I've had my eye on it after reading so many positive reviews of it.


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