Magan: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

books about mean girls, hazing, social outcasts in high school, rapeSome Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Released: January 5, 2010
Pages: 246
Target Audience: Young Adult
Format: Library book
Why I picked it up: I’m on a Courtney Summers kick. I recently finished Cracked Up to Be by her as well.
Summary: Regina is part of the social elite, the Fearsome Five, at her high school until her best friend Anna thinks she slept with her boyfriend and she’s framed by another girl in the group. Regina’s life goes downhill and she becomes the social outcast – pranks, hazing, and terrible jokes are pulled to destroy Regina’s life.

I think this sets the tone for the entire book.  “There’s always that one girl.  She’s desperate and she’s weird and she’s jealous, and you’re stuck with her, no matter how hard you try to get her off your back. Just throw some self-esteem issues into the mix and you have Kara” (page 51).  That quote is from Regina, the main character, talking about Kara – the girl who destroys her life. Kara has always been on the outskirts of the Fearsome Five. When she sees her opportunity to bring Regina down so she can step into the spotlight, she does whatever it takes.

The truth is that Anna’s boyfriend tries to rape Regina while Anna is passed out drunk. Kara is the person Regina runs to for help, but somehow, messed-up Kara convinces Regina it would be best to stay quiet and pretend it never happened.

But over the weekend she runs to Anna and tells her Regina slept with him on purpose.

I promise I’m not throwing out any spoilers above.  All of this goes down at the very beginning of the book. The book is about the cruelty of girls; it is hands down the most screwed up story I’ve ever read about the popular “it” girls. Summers created a lot of tense moments throughout the entire book that left me wanting to hurriedly flip to the next page so I wouldn’t have to suffer through the bad stuff anymore.

Anna and Kara were such despicable characters. They had me hurting from the inside out. Just when I thought things would get better, they pulled out an even more evil practical joke.  I saw some pretty malicious things in junior high and high school, but never to this extreme.  So much of me questioned why Regina wouldn’t have stood up for herself before things got so bad or why she was ever friends with Anna to begin with. But then I think back to those moments where I was in that exact situation, fearing for my life and frozen in time because if I said anything to my real-life-mean-girls, the next target would end up being me.

Summers is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love, love, love her writing style. She included a lot of reprieves with only a few words on some pages; those words would speak volumes.

There was so much I could connect to in this book. I wish these types of situations didn’t exist, but the truth is, they do. To parents of teenage daughters, I recommend you read this book. It’s so easy to distance ourselves from the cruelty of high school because we want to forget how terrible it was.

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8 thoughts on “Magan: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

  1. Jana says:

    Oooo… I swear, elementary and junior high was seriously SO hard. In 6th grade, one of my “friends” turned all my other “friends” against me when she decided I was a perfect target for bashing. It was all about something so stupid and off-based, not to mention untrue. Later that year, I received an anonymous death threat. I was in the counselor’s office all day for protection. I don’t know why kids can be so mean. I just can’t fathom it. I have a feeling I would connect really well with this book as well, but I’m almost thinking I don’t want to give it a try. lol. Good review, though. 🙂 I always enjoy it when book bloggers talk about their connections and personal thoughts, rather than just summarize the entire book. It helps us learn about you! 🙂

    – Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  2. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books says:

    What a great review. This book sounds, at turns, horrifying, yet like something I could relate to in my own way. I went through a couple of tough moments in elementary school and high school, with people who would pretend to be my friend, but were actually talking smack about me behind my back. It took a while (and a lot of really great people) before I gained any sort of self-esteem.

    It’s always nice to hear about books exposing similar situations of bullying (especially the female form of it) and I commend Summers for doing that. Thank you for reviewing this book!

  3. Samual says:

    I haven’t read this book and have been wanting to read it last year. I’ve read one of Courtney Summers’ books Cracked Up To Be. I think the author really speaks her mind in her writings. Her style is unique, different, and open. I think some girls are really really mean. Plain and simple. They want all the attentions themselves. They say things people would NEVER or CANNOT accept. I think this is what most schools are though, some people (I’m not speaking to only girls, guys do the same things) are just don’t know how to control themselves. They just don’t care about others’ feelings. They can say whatever they want, like the whole world is theirs or something. People are so disrespectful to others. When I was in high school, well, during my freshman year, people were so nice to me. But the more I spend time with them, the more I realized how rude they were. (And they didn’t even realize that, GOSH.) I just tried to ignore them and had never talk to them again. Some people are crazy, mean, impolite, disrespectful, and whatever that fit into that category. Great review! I will check this book out. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Magan says:

    Jana, Alexa, and Samual – thank you all so much for your comments. High School was just terrible. My worst memory is from when I was in junior high though. The mean girls attacked one of my friends and stole her gym clothes. When she walked into the locker room before basketball practice, the girls were “skating” on her clothes all over the floor and pretended they didn’t see her. She didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to do. I was frozen in place – I didn’t know how to get them back. If I could go back in time and stand up to someone at any given moment, this would be what I’d choose. I was open and talked to my parents about things, and they helped out, but in many ways the school administration knowing the problem only made things worse. This book hit home on such a personal, deep level for me. I hope that any girl that reads it and is going through something terrible finds strength from this story. That she knows things can and will get better.

    I hope you all will pick it up, however uncomfortable it may be. It’s a story that needs to be shared.

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