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Some Girls are [Paperback]

Courtney Summers
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Book Description

4 Jan 2010
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 rumours 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 rumours 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".

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin,U.S.; 1 edition (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312573804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312573805
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent and intense debut novel" Teen Book Review" --Teen Book Review

About the Author

Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including "Fall for Anything" and "Cracked Up to Be." She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 13 Jan 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Regina hates being the designated driver. The parties aren't fun to begin with, but when she has to be there sober it is practically unbearable.

One night when she is ready to go, Regina tries to find her best friend so she can get her in the car and drive home. She finds Anna in the den with Donnie, passed out after a night of too much drinking. Unfortunately, Donnie, Anna's boyfriend, is just aware enough to force himself on Regina against her will.

She barely gets away. Regina runs to the house of the only one of her friends that didn't attend the party and tells her everything that's happened. Together, Kara and Regina decide it's best to not say anything. Regina considers Anna important enough to keep quiet about the attempted rape in order to remain her best friend.

The problem is...Kara doesn't keep her mouth shut.

She tells Anna what happened just as quick as she can in order to push Regina out of the second-in-command spot of the Fearsome Fivesome. By the time school rolls around on Monday, Regina finds herself frozen out of the group.

Life for Regina becomes a living nightmare. Her friends launch a systematic attack against her. She suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the people that know her the best. Never has she felt so alone.

SOME GIRLS ARE is an important book to read. Bullying is such a big issue in today's society, and Courtney Summers paints a very realistic picture for the reader.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, heartbreaking 13 Feb 2011
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I am so, so glad that I bought Some Girls Are despite not really enjoying Courtney's first book, Cracked Up To Be. I wasn't going to, but so many people talked about it and recommend it, and Courtney's new book, Fall For Anything, that I thought I'd get it and give it a try because I know that just because I don't like one book/series from an author, doesn't mean I'll dislike all their work. And this is one time where it's really paid off because Some Girls Are is a fantastic book!

Regina was one of the popular ones, one of those dreaded Mean Girls, best friend to the top of the tower, Anna. But now she's frozen out. Everything Regina's done to other students in the past is being done to her. She's caught between fear, a desire to fight back and the knowledge of just what those girls are capable of. What she's capable of.

I was hooked pretty much from page one of Some Girls Are. It just grabbed me and didn't let go, I finished it easily within a few hours. It's heart breaking really, very painful reading, for many reasons. Regina is such an odd character to me, not because she's not drawn realistically, because she is. But because I did feel very bad for her, the things she was going through, how she was suffering. And yet at the same time, I kind of hated her too. Because of some of the things she's done, how she handled certain situations (in the past more than what we actually see). There was this constant internal conflict going on in my head trying to figure out just how I felt about Regina. The winning emotion though was pain. It's such a painful journey for her. It's kind of hard to understand why she was as she was, one of that 'Fearsome Fivesome' and yet, completely simple as well. But if it can be considered as such, it's the only 'simple' thing about this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Girls Indeed 20 July 2014
By Kat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my third Courtney Summer's book - although I loved This is Not a Test, it was Cracked Up To Be that really got me interested in reading more of her writing - she has a talent for making me feel sympathetic to the most unlikable of characters, particularly those I would have absolutely despised myself as a teenager, and would really irritate me even now.

Some Girls Are is pretty much the ultimate story of how bitchy and nasty some teenage girls can be. Regina is best friends with the Queen Bee of her school, Anna, and finds herself in a horrible situation right at the beginning of the story, and it's obvious that things are going to very wrong for Regina.

What Anna and her friends do to Regina are pretty horrendous, but at the same time there are hints that Regina had already done some nasty things herself, particularly to one of her former friends, although Some Girls Are doesn't go into a great deal of detail about it which I found slightly disappointing. Having said that, perhaps doing that would have made it completely impossible to feel sympathetic towards Regina so it may have been intentional to not revisit it.

If I thought girls were horrible when I was at school, Some Girls Are takes things to a whole new level of bitchy cruelty, but Regina actually takes all of the abuse with a fight-back kind of attitude which I actually admired. It would have been easier for her to just take everything that was dished out, but she finds her own way to get back at her former friends. I did find the lack of attention paid by the school staff and her parents a little disturbing, particularly the fact there are only a handful of scenes with Regina and her very distant mother.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Had a great start I found it really hard to put down but tbh it got a bit boring towards the end still a good book
Published 2 months ago by Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely compelling.
Available now from St Martins Griffin

Source: Purchased Copy (via Amazon UK of "What Goes Around" which includes this novel and "Cracked Up to Be" )... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Liz Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG.I DIDN'T WANT IT TO FINISH
this is definitely one of my all time favourites. I need a sequel. I need a movie. I need something!!
Published 10 months ago by Tanatswa
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting, brilliant read.
Regina is the focus of this book, once a member of the highest and meanest tier of school, some pretty awful actions mean her position changes overnight - she's now at the very... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jenni (Juniper's Jungle)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This reminded me so much of mean girls, especially with the main character being called Regina. However, to be fair this book doen't mock bullying or how cruel girls can be in any... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2012 by Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars Mean Girls without the comedy.
I hadn't heard or read Courtney summers other book cracked up to be, but found this in my local library. After researching this book on the internet, I got reading. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by kath200
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Fight to the Extreme!
I have said this before and I will say it again, I love the writing of Courtney Summers. It is bold and in your face and nothing is held back for fear of scaring off the reader. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and fantastic
From the very first page, you can see that these characters are real teenagers. They swear, party, drink, take drugs and sleep around. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Fiction_Fan
1.0 out of 5 stars absolute garbage
This book was the dumbest story I've ever read in my life. It's about a whiney teenage girl from a whiney teenage girl group who has been 'frozen' out by her friends. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by C Canute
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Geek
I'll get the small amount of negative out of the way first. This book was the full 5 stars right up until the very last minute where I felt the ending was pulled together rather... Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by Emily May
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