Published by Brilliance Audio on 1/5/2010
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
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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...that is, until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend started 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 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.
If you’ve seen the movie Mean Girls, you probably don’t need to read Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. That is, unless you have a morbid fascination with high school drama llamas that are ten million times worse than Regina George could ever hope to be.
I can’t tell if I liked this book or if I hated this book. On principle alone, it pissed me off. Full disclosure: Regina Afton, our protagonist, almost gets raped by her best friend’s boyfriend at a party in the first or second chapter. Rape scenes in books don’t bother me when they contribute to the story. What bothers me is when it’s used as a plot device, like in Some Girls Are. What bothered me specifically about this book is that Regina never goes to the police. Like, ever. Instead, her “friend” Kara talks her into keeping quiet, because her best friend Anna Morrison will never believe her anyway (as if that’s a good reason not to go to the police), thus catapulting the plot into a series of revenges against one another for past transgressions, thrusting Regina in the spotlight at school and as an outcast.
It was a captivating book, don’t get me wrong. But it’s hard for me to get past the idea that Regina never turns Donnie in.
I pretty much hated all the characters, but I think that was Courtney Summers’ intention. They were miserable creatures; they were mean to each other, and there was not one thing they wouldn’t do to one another in an act of revenge. It was especially hard not to dislike Regina, even though we’re in her head and she’s the main character. She’s spent a lot of time being a bitch to her classmates over the years, even going so far as to bully someone nearly to suicide (all the while, seeing a therapist because she couldn’t handle it). Regina was an odd duck. While I did dislike her, I didn’t hate her, because I could see that she didn’t like herself. She was full of self-loathing, and really, that was punishment enough.
If anything, Some Girls Are was an eye-opening book into bullying in schools. But I applauded Regina for not taking it laying down. Don’t be an easy target, that’s what my mom always taught me.
There are a few loose ends in Some Girls Are that never really get tied up: we never find out what happens to Donnie (beyond not getting reported for rape, he’s also a social outcast getting bullied), so his story and bullying just trails off. We don’t find out what happens between Kara and Anna, after Regina gets what she wants, and most importantly, we don’t find out if Michael ever learns about the journal. I’m assuming it was a HEA based on the ending, but it was so fast, it wasn’t my most favorite ending ever.
Katie Schorr is an okay narrator. I actually picked this audio up because I enjoyed the sample by her, but her range seems to be limited. She reads very well, but it was hard to tell different characters apart, because her voice never really changed.