Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Page Count: 256 pages
Summary: 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 was 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 who 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.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.
Review: I loved Cracked Up to Be, so I was super excited when I saw this book at Barnes and Noble the other day. My expectations for this book were very high and they definitely weren't crushed.
Some Girls Are was very... intense. I felt so bad for Regina but it was like a car crash - I couldn't look away. I read this book in probably a couple of hours and I got leg cramps from sitting on my bed in the same position for those couple of hours because I just couldn't stop. My mom pulled me out of a daze when she called to see if I wanted to watch Lost and as I was watching it, all I could think about was getting back to my book. I love those kinds of books because it reminds me of why I love reading so much - getting so wrapped up in another world that yours doesn't even seem real anymore.
The characters in Some Girls Are, like Cracked Up to Be, were really real. I loved that Michael was kind of a dick to Regina at first because he felt like he should hate her for the things she's done to him, but she grows on him. She grew on me, too. I wasn't her biggest fan in the beginning and some of the things she did were kind of questionable, but she was real. She made mistakes, but she was tough. She was really tough. I would've run away from home or begged my parents to move away if girls had put me through this type of treatment, because it was so terrible. And to think, she used to be one of them. She used to treat people like they had and she realizes how it is. I think she needed it, though.
I liked Parker of Cracked Up to Be just a little better, but Regina definitely grew on me. Sometimes the bullying was really, really intense and it didn't seem to be real for me, if only because I would've gone to someone about it or fought back even harder than Regina if I was in that position. Overall, though, Some Girls Are was a thoroughly good read.