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Magan: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some 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 […]

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Young Adult Book Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers - […] favorite contemporary writers; I had a Courtney Summers love fest at the end of last year and read Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Fall for Anything. You might be wondering how a contemporary fiction author […]

December 11, 2011 - 1:45 pm
December 7, 2011 - 10:07 pm

Magan - 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.

December 7, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Samual - 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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December 7, 2011 - 12:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - 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!

December 7, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Jana - 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