Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Published: January 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: ARC from Other Shelf Tours
Description: 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.
I Give This Book 4 Stars!
This book still haunts me a little and makes me a little sick to my stomach. In today's world of bullying and teens committing suicide from it, the events that take place in the book feel far to real. You want to hate Regina for who she is (or use to be), but you can't help but ache for who she is becoming. Because, she's learning her lesson the extremely hard way. The bullying in this book isn't light. The girls at the top of the social ladder are out for blood and they don't care what happens to make sure everyone knows their place. I was amazed at the lengths they went through to make sure Regina was left completely isolated. The only people who she can turn to are those who were once in the same position when she was the tormentor. Watching Regina come to terms with what she has done to others is bittersweet. She forges new relationships and realizes that she never wants to go back to how things were, but it willing to pretend to protect those who have been hurt before. The ending was truly shocking. Another book I would recommend to teens and their parents!