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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (Teaser Review)

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult14 Comments

Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (Teaser Review)Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Published by St Martin's Press on 05 January 2010
Genres: Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Girls & Women, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 246
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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Also by this author: All the Rage, Please Remain Calm, Violent Ends

Place(s) Traveled to: Hallowell, Connecticut

First Line(s): I wake up, and the bruises on my arms have turned really yellow and brown, so I have to wear long sleeves, even though fall is doing its best impression of summer and the air is sticky and hot.

Through the wonderful amazing kindness and generosity of fellow bloggers I was able to borrow an Advanced Copy of Some Girls Are from the super awesome Steph of Steph Su Reads. Some Girls Are or SGA as its been referred to on Twitter arrived on Friday. There was temptation to start reading it right then, but also some hesitation. After all there is already so much hype over this book and its greatness….and I am often disappointed with highly hyped up books as seen in Exhibit A. So I patted it a bit and put it on nightstand. Saturday came and I had to get my car looked at by my dad’s handy dandy cave (aka the only mechanic in world I trust to tell me truth & break it to me gently when Monty is really sick). I spent some quality time with my parents, got my dad a cell phone (note to all this is the first sign of the coming zombieapocalypse be ready!) and  in general continued to put off reading SGA.

Though I did carry it with me all day long. That night I pestered Courtney Summers on twitter to see if she had a playlist for the story. As playlists seem to becoming a popular trend with authors and their books these days. She didn’t have anything posted on her site but she did have on in her iTunes, which she then proceeded to Tweet to me. People, this is part of why I LOVE twitter so very much. I love the real time interaction you have with authors (and bloggers and other twitter peeps). So then I was able to put off reading for a wee bit longer as I assembled the list. I even downloaded some LADY GAGA – this should let you all know my dedication to procrastination….and even more amazing the album doesn’t suck. Its actually kinda catchy….words I never thought I’d say when it comes to the Haus of Gaga. (I think Courtney Summers may brainwashed me on this, but I can’t be sure).

Anywho, playlist made I proceeded to sit down and read. Now mind you….I didn’t start the book until 11 pm. When I started I thought to read just a chapter or two before calling it a night and finishing it up on Sunday. Well, before I knew it the clock was striking 4 am and I had finished the book and was just sitting there amazed, in awe and so completely blown away. When I regained some sense I immediately pulled out my phone and tweeted this message to Courtney “OH. EM. GEE. You are so twisted. SGA is effing brilliant. But seriously…OMG!!!” Now you’d think calling someone twisted would be a bad thing, but no this was what I received in response “!!! Hah!! I paused revision just to check twitter and saw your tweet and now I am like 😀 THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! omg!” followed by “PS CUTB was just easing people into my twistedness. After SGA there’s no going back. 😉 srsly, though–thank you!!!”.

And let me tell you I thought that Cracked Up To Be (CUTB) was amazing (my review) but compared to SGA its like night and day. CUTB is puppys and rainbows and SGA is like a zombie on crack. It its a totally mindblowing book and its really hard to put into words just how uber amazing it is. Especially now months before its out, which is why I am rambling crazily and not really saying much of anything at all. In many ways Kirkus said it best “… will make readers cringe…. a truly mean girl is not easily knocked down. Powerful and compelling.”

Some Girls Are is a cringe worthy book. It also is a book that is filled with realism and raw emotion. Regina is a character that you love and hate and who breaks your heart into pieces all at once. I am counting down the days until January when I can buy my very one copy and read it over again. Once I do I’ll sit down and give you a better review then this one of me babbling over procrastination and avoidance….which so wasn’t needed because Some Girls Are not only lives up to the hype but it surpasses even the most glowingest review out there.

Also, in case you wanted to listen to the Some Girls Are playlist – which seriously adds to the reading experience of the book – Courtney has graciously allowed me to post it here for you. The songs are just amazing when paired up with the text. The songs were also chosen more for the feelings & sounds rather than because of the lyrics so don’t try to infer any deeper meaning out of them than that.

  • Changes Are No Good by The Stills
  • Beautiful Dirty Rich by Lady Gaga
  • Feeling Good by Muse
  • AntiMatter byNERD
  • Stupid Girl by Garbage
  • Little Bit by Lykie Li
  • LES Artistes by Santogold
  • Y Control by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • I Can’t Take it by Tegan and Sara
  • Smile Like You Mean It by The Killers
  • Just Dance by Lady Gaga
  • Alert Status Red by Matthew Good

14 Responses to “Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (Teaser Review)”

  1. Daisy Whitney

    I second all of this. CUTB is one of my favorite books of all time, but this book is even better. You’re on edge the whole time!

  2. Irish

    Kate – Thanks! I’ll also be right there with you in Jan because I need a copy for my very own!

    Daisy – You really it, it starts off swinging and doesn’t stop. I can’t wait to see what Courtney comes up with next. Which she says is even more twisted than SGA. Which I don’t think is possible, but if anyone can do it Courtney can!

    Bermudiaonion – You really need to check out CUTB! It was so good…and Courtney is so awesone. You should follow her on twitter. She’s too funny.

  3. nicole

    SGA hurt to read. in the most fantastic way. it was beyond brilliant.

    (…and KARA…oh kara kara kara…she was my favourite…i’m thinking of making a banner and some t-shirts or something…i just PITIED SCORNED BLAMED FORGAVE LOVED HATED kara. all at once. FANTASTIC)

    CUTB was like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens or something in comparison.

  4. Irish

    Nicole – I loved Michael…thought he was a wonderfully drawn character & wish there was more of him. But I also know what you mean about Kara! All the characters just pop off the pages. Amazing.

    ckkellymartin – the playlist was a great background accompaniment to this read. I also find myself listening to it on my drive back and forth to worth. Its a great blend of songs. SGA is also too amazing for words! Not much longer to wait!

  5. nicole

    ohhh i LOVE michael…i just wanted to marry him or something.

    kara had me completely hooked from this one particular scene right at the start (which i can’t say anything about because: spoilery :))

  6. Irish

    Nicole – I think that I know the scene you mean. She’s such a discussable character. So many layers to her!

  7. Tiffany Schmidt

    *shakes head in wordless wonder* I just don’t know what to say. I. Loved. It.

    And I totally would’ve been with you on the Can-it-possibly-live-up-to-the-hype-procrastination if I didn’t have to pass this copy on.

    But it DID. And MORE!

  8. Mollie

    Never before have I had a book so hyped for me. And I have to wait all the way until JANUARY to read it!

    I’ve never heard of this playlist for reading trend. Really must get out from under that rock more often, I guess. But if this playlist = pure WIN! And if it is any indication of the awesomeness that awaits between the pages, then I am SO there! I’ll even willingly buy a hardcover. (And you know how hate hardcovers.)

  9. Irish

    Tiffany – I had to get this book back to its owner so I couldn’t do much procrastinating either. lol And I’m with you, so hard to put it into words!

    Mollie – Playlists seem to be a new trend with some of the newer authors out there. I’ve seen them starting to show up on various author blogs. =) This one for SGA is definately filled with WIN. I find myself listening to it all the time now. Its great after a stressful work day. Also, January is almost here…not too long to wait. And if you have a Barnes & Noble near you pre-order through them (in store). BN often gets books early.

  10. Meg

    Discovering Cracked Up To Be last year was what really launched me back into the world of YA fiction, so I’ll always be indebted to Courtney for that! I absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait to get ahold of this one in the future. She’s a moving, powerful writer… and as you mentioned, stuff like Twitter has made me feel connected to the whole process of getting this one published! It definitely brings you closer to authors/readers, and I feel… well, obligated to read their books! 🙂

  11. sharonlovescats

    I loves it. This book was so crazy. I can’t believe you were up til 4! While I did enjoy SGA I must admit that I still liked CUTB a little bit more. Courtney is simply an amazing writer either way. I need to write my review soon maybe I’ll just copy and paste this post. 😉

    Yes I’m so glad you have discovered Gaga. Courtney turned me into a fan as well.