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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: 14 x 1.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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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I’m working my way through Courtney Summer’s books, after I really enjoyed All The Rage and Cracked Up To Be. I didn’t know what to expect from Some Girls Are. I knew it would be intense as I’ve come to expect from Courtney’s books. Some Girls Are is NOT an easy read. It’s incredibly tough to read and involves some extreme bullying and mean girl behaviour. I was surprised at how rough the bullying was. Courtney Summers really doesn’t shy away from tough subjects and I really appreciate that.

Regina Afton is going to be a character that really divides readers. I had moments of liking her and moments of hating her! Liking her confused me, as she really isn’t a nice character. Regina used to be part of a popular group of girls at her school. She was happy to rule the school with her friend Anna. Anna is the leader of the little gang of mean girls. Regina does some terrible things to others. She’s blunt about what she’s done.

All of the trouble starts when Regina is attacked at a party. One of the mean girls, Kara, encourages Regina not to tell the truth to Anna about what happened to her. Regina agrees but later finds out that Kara was lying. She’s spread a vicious lie about Regina. Regina finds herself shunned by her friends and becomes an outcast. This is where some horrific bullying begins. Regina is not innocent. She’s angry and gives as good as she gets. Her hate really comes through. I have to admit that the bullying was horrendously uncomfortable to read about. The group of girls really don’t have any limits to how they will tear Regina down. There’s physical fighting, vandalism, websites set up (don’t you just love social media?!) and horrific rumours. They want Regina to suffer.
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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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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2010
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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.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
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