Monday, December 14, 2009

Recent Read - SOME GIRLS ARE

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of
SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers and enjoyed reading it. Do you guys remember Courtney? I interviewed her over the summer--if you haven't seen it, check it out here! I am here to tell you how much I recommend SOME GIRLS ARE! First, here's the blurb:


Available January 5th, 2010 from St. Martin’s Press


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 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…


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As soon as the first chapter opens, I am swept up in a realistic teen scene. Memories of high school years were swimming. I'm immediately gripped in suspense. I couldn't stop reading Some Girls Are!


Along with SE Hinton, Courtney Summers is an author with one of the most realistic YA fiction there is. There's survival, social consciousness, bullying, blackmailing, and all the gritty realities of what teen life can be like.


Not only is Courtney an honest writer with a strong voice, she is the master of pacing. She knows just the right amount of details to use. She is confidant in her prose, turning simple words into something strong, like a hammer driving the nail right in. Regina's tears of frustration were mine.


Courtney also has an excellently designed story arc for Some Girls Are. She starts the story straight away, knowing when to raise the stakes, and when to ramp up to the finale. Her scenes were so well constructed, a movie of it was playing in my head while I was reading.


I highly recommend Some Girls Are! It's coming out in January 2010, so get ready!


You can pre-order is at this independent book store or on Amazon here.


I'm looking forward to more work by the awesome Courtney!


Cheers!



--Realm

5 comments:

  1. Yes! This is a great book--I thought about it for days after finishing!

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  2. Glad you got the chance to read it! It's fabulous!!!!

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  3. Ahhh! I know--it's incredible.

    And I totally pictured Regina from your illustration while reading it!

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  4. THANK YOU, Realm! Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and blog about it. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it & this review made my day!!!!! I STILL get chills when I look at your rendition of Regina. It is so so perfect. Thrilled on all counts. Thank you so much. :) !!!!

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  5. I also was lucky enough to read this freakin' amazing book and will definitely be buying a copy of my own to live right next to Cracked Up To Be. Awesome review Realm!!!

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