Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: January 5, 2010
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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 were 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 whom 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."
My Two Cents:
Bullying seems to be a
huge issue in middle school and high schools these days. I don't really
remember it being such a big deal when I was in school (thank goodness)!
"Some Girls Are" is a young adult book that has the theme of bullying
and its effects at its center. I think it's so important for teens to
have books that tackle real issues like this book does. This book is a
gripping fictional look at Regina, a teen who was once on the top of her
high school's food chain until gossip knocks her from her throne.
felt for Regina! The thing about gossip is that once it happens, you
can't really put it back in the bottle per sei. Regina tries hard to set
the record straight and she just can't. It's impossible when everyone
wants to listen to the popular kids. While bullying did not seem to be
too big of an issue when I was in school, I can remember how rapidly
rumors spread, even if they were completely ridiculous. I thought the
author did a great job of capturing the reality of just how crazy high
school can be.
I really liked the characters. Regina realizes
that she was pretty nasty to people like Michael but he has a good
enough heart to still sort of take her under his wing when she starts
getting bullied. The characters in this book felt really real!
initially picked this book because it is a book that was challenged a
lot in 2015. I can't understand why! The beautiful thing about books is
that they allow people of all ages to explore situations that they might
find themselves in and how they could potentially handle the situation.
I appreciate that the author chose to tackle an issue that faces a lot
of teenagers these days. Hopefully this book will help someone cope with
a similar situation or even better, stop a similar situation from
happening in the first place.