Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Released: January 5, 2010
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.