Being simple has its benefits: sitting back, musing at all the wonderful moments life gives you and the unpredictable ones that would come your way - isn't that the greatest? For one, you can never feel too old, getting old, too young, or too far behind your elders to bother with catching up with anything. I'm neither young nor old, I know I'm growing up, I have a life, I have a story for every moments with them. And they're just the most sophisticated parts of my rather average existence.


This is a life story.
This is where my dreams, experiences, directions,
mind states, imaginations, heartbeats, breaths and focuses
meet and bend.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Book Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

PlotClimbing 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.

Courtney Summers has done it again - leave me reading 'til the end. Yes, seriously. The fresh and new YA author has thrilled her readers to another immense novel that, like its predecessor Cracked Up To Be, made hits and millions of praises in the world wide web! But I must say though, if Cracked Up to Be was awesome, Some Girls Are is just awesom-er!

Courtney Summers has this thing with bad girls. They're all just bad in the limelight and had this "was good" past about them. The question is, do they all get as worse as their sloping life or would anyone please have mercy on them somehow?
Personally, I have had a moment with this book thinking that there are some parts in the story that I'm actually experiencing at the moment. No, I will not elaborate!

In this striking novel Summers writes in the view of Regina Afton a popular mean girl who is second member in a clique, the Fearsome Fivesome, the bullies of Hallowell High. Everything is seemingly A-okay for the life of Regina until her best friend's boyfriend tried to rape her and she ran to the least person she expected to trust, Kara Myers. When she got frozen out because of the upturned rumor that she "boned" Donny, Regina finally gets to experience the horrors of high school which she once played as the bringer of hell. Only this time, she gets to taste the abuse of her once best friends. Now trapped in a pit of betrayal, isolation, regret and no one to trust, Regina brings up the courage to sit with one Michael Haydens whom she once bullied and learns to live the way her victims do. As the months go on and evidence to the truth disappears, the bullying gets harder on her and she just can't put a stop to it. No one in school can help her escape the now Fearsome Foursome.

This book is thrilling and frustrating at the same time. Imagine yourself as a mean girl and you got kicked out of your own group just because of a rumor that isn't at all true. No one would believe you, no one would even listen. Now you become the victim, and seemingly you deserve it because of all the bullying you've done yourself in the past. The book is great at enticing its readers. Regina is pitiful because of everything she's dealing with but is also very frustrating because she just doesn't do anything. She plots revenge on Kara and yet none of it even helps in stopping the group from making her life miserable.

Some Girls Are excites me. It makes me wonder what happens next to Regina. Yes, also I was hoping that something abusive might happen to her as well. And thank you, Courtney Summers, there were a lot. This book has let me experience an environment much different than in my country. Where rules of discipline are strictly monitored and students are just as concerned of their welfare as their parents, bullying is very scarce. But maybe that's only because I studied at a private school.

Summers has not failed me. Parker Fadley may still be my favorite character among her books, but Regina Afton's story in Some Girls Are is just the best. Another praise to the best YA author I have yet read, Summers' books is as cool and number one in my Recommend list with Some Girls Are on the top. I have read this book last December 8 from 8PM to 3AM. Straight. That's how hypnotizing Summers' books are.

My rating:

4 g-tec pens. You should read this. =)

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