Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Release Date: January 5, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Regina Afton is a member of the Fearsome Five, the most popular group of girls in school. Her best friend Anna, is the leader of the group, and can be heartless, especially when it comes to bullying others. However, Regina has always gone along with Anna’s wishes because she loves being popular. However, everything changes for Regina one night, when Anna and the other girls turn on her. Regina is forced to confront all the horrible things she’s done to everyone else, at the same time she becomes the object of bullying.
I have a confession: when I started Some Girls Are, I wasn’t expecting very much. I thought it would be a typical book about high schoolers and the drama that ensues when a once-popular girl suddenly loses her status at school. After all, there have been plenty of YA books written on that topic.
However, Some Girls Are really surprised me – it’s about so much more than high school and teenage angst. Regina was really an amazingly written character. She seemed so real. Summers did a wonderful job making her textured and layered – Regina does some horrible things in order to be popular. There’s no one she can pass responsibility off to, no way to redeem her in her own eyes, or in the reader’s. Yet, at the same time, she is so broken. The things she has done, the emotional crimes that she has committed against others haunt her and have left Regina shattered. It’s impossible to hate her because she is so real.
Courtney Summers tackles the subject of bullying in high school head on in Some Girls Are. The things that Anna and Kara do to Regina are horrific. More than once, I found myself in tears because it was so twisted and cruel. At the same time, the reader is reminded that Regina has been awful to others. Summers does an amazing job pushing and pulling on the reader’s emotions. It makes this such a complicated, well-written book.
I highly recommend Some Girls Are. I’m so glad I gave it a chance. It’s a well written, gripping book about the power of forgiveness and the necessity of taking responsibility for what you’ve done. It’s a powerful book that you shouldn’t miss if you’re interested in YA!