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. 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.
Some Girls Are will knock the wind out of you, literally. I felt busted up after I finished the book. It's a rare book that can make you physically feel something. The book is so complex it's hard to describe but I will try. It's like driving by a car accident you really don't want to see but just have to. It's catty like the movie Mean Girls but it's like Mean Girls on drugs. The girls in Some Girls Are are the types of girls you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley or get on the wrong side of.
I found myself wondering how they would top their last stunt or who was going to make the next move. Main character Regina is interesting. She used to be one of the Fearsome Fivesome and then she's out (because of something she didn't actually do). So you can't exactly like her because she's just as bad as her enemies but at the same time you can see she does feel bad about some of the things she's done and realizes that they were wrong, so you are rooting for her to make it out of this in one piece. And she finds a sort-of alley in Michael, a boy whom she herself tortured. Their relationship is hard, they both know it won't be easy and that they really shouldn't but then end up leaning on each other.
While I liked Summers's previous book, Cracked Up To Be slightly more because it was more relatable, Some Girls Are is a strong, strong second novel that will kick the crap out of you!
Some Girls Are will be released on January 5th
Genre: Young Adult
ARC provided by the publisher