Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

After reading this and Cracked Up to Be, I think that Courtney Summers is like a darker, less innocent version of Sarah Dessen. Actually, Summers is so great she deserves a young-adult category of her own. While Dessen intricately weaves her writing with detail and finesse, Summers tragically tears through any presumptions of the reader and rams them with raw emotion.

I hated this book so much. It was unbearable how much I wanted to reach into the pages and slap each of these girls hard across the face. I’m aware that I’m a fifteen-year-old boy, but the things the girls do to one another is absolutely wretched – some of them probably could have gone to jail for the crimes they committed. If one were to look for a prime example of why teachers and school officials need to keep a closer on eye on teenagers, this book contains an amalgam of reasons. It was almost animalistic, or purely inhuman how indecent these characters could be.

And yet, yes, there’s always a yet – I could not put this book down. I had to witness what was going to happen next, and not to use a cliche, but it was exactly like awaiting a car crash and then not being able to look away from it.

Although this looks like stereotypical chick lit, it made me think a copious amount. These girls are cruel and cantankerous, so shouldn’t they deserve what they get in return? But then again, does anyone deserve what Kara, Liz, Michael, and finally Regina was forced to go through? I felt unusually sick when I started empathizing with the characters, but Summers made it too easy to do just that.

Not the most eloquently written review, but Some Girls Are triggered tumultuous emotions that will last for a long time. Readers will watch mesmerized as Regina battles her former friends – even as they raze each other to the ground.

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