Title: Some Girls Are
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult
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 were 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 whom 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.
Source: School library
How I Found Out About It: By reading Cracked up to Be by the same author
Courtney Summers as an author has intrigued me ever since I read and enjoyed her debut, Cracked up to Be. Since it was a great book that covers teen angst very well, I decided to give Some Girls Are a look when I found it at my school’s library.
In my eyes, Some Girls Are was a wonderful read, and I enjoyed it even more than I did with her debut. This book touched a lot on bullying, and I was happy to see a realistic portrayal of it that teaches readers how to cope with it.
For a quick summary, this story follows the POV of high schooler Regina. When rumours about her start circulating the halls of her school, her clique drops her and she becomes feared by everyone. The only person who can stand her in that moment is a quiet boy named Michael whom she herself had bullied in the past, and so the two try to become friends, or maybe even more if all goes well.
Okay, let me just get one thing straight here. Regina, the protagonist, is NOT the most likeable character in a YA book. In fact, she is very far from it. But the thing is, she is flawed, which is unlike so many ‘typical’ characters that we often read about. In spite of this, Regina put on a brave face to fight off all the bullying and always persevered to remain the best person she could be. Even though she still wasn’t the sweetest person alive even after she grew as a character, what matters the most is that she tried her best to improve herself.
As for Michael, he for sure seemed quite troubled and shy upon first meeting him, but as he and Regina got to know each other more and more, I found myself warming up to him easily.
All in all, Some Girls Are is a novel that needs to be read by as many people as possible. The effects of bullying can be quite detrimental for some, and this book displays this very well with its strong characters and storyline. Teens often do not think before making snide remarks to others, and this book will concretely show readers the consequences of doing so. If you’re looking for a story with amazing morals, then Some Girls Are is the one to read.