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.
Much like her debut novel, Courtney gives you gives you a gritty, compelling, and most of all realistic look into what happens in high schools across the nation, when the fight to be on the top of the social ladder gets way out of hand in this heart wrenching novel called Some Girls Are.
The two main characters (Regina and Michael) were crafted perfectly. You could feel their struggles, hope, and desperation just jump of the page from the start, leaving it to be so easy to be caught up in their tale. Most of all, I loved the change that Regina went through in this novel, one that went from her being a complete witch of a person to actually caring and giving up everything to make that one person who she ended up caring for most not get in the same situation she was in. Plus, I adored Michael. He, like Regina, was such a complex guy that was so hard not to love.
Words that come to mind when thinking about the plot of this novel would vary from moving (one minute you would be bring a slight chuckle at a line to near tears at what Regina was going through) to addicting to fast paced. I was just so shocked at what these girls could do to each other. I know girls can be brutal, nasty, and just all around witchy, I mean I see it everyday. Though, the way the fearsome five was in this novel was so disturbing that it was hard to get through some of the things they did to Regina. Further more, as I said before and will continue to say, Courtney's writing is brilliant. I love that she's always straight to the point instead of feeling her novels with unnecessary and boring details that have the tendency to bring down greatness from novels. And what I like even more is that she never sugar coats all the crap that goes on and high school instead giving you an honest look.
In all, Some Girls Are is one of my favorite books of the year, even though I personally prefer Cracked Up To Be a bit more. So, do yourself a favor come January fifth. That favor? Go to the bookstore and pick up a copy because I have just the slightest feeling you won't regret it one bit.
Some Girls Are will be released Janaury 5, 2009!
Source: Publisher/ Author. Thanks Courntey and St. Martins Press