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Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Posted by Irish in Review5 Comments

Title: Smart Girls Get What They Want
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 26 June 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0061953407
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 352

The Author on the Web:

Sarah Strohmeyer – Blog
Place(s) Traveled to: Denton, Massachusetts // Boston, Massachusetts
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Before Bea, Neerja, and I got everything we wanted from high school – the adoration, the fun, the fame, and the super-hot buys – all we did was study.

At fist glance Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer sounds like a self-help book. I know that was one of the first impressions that I got when this title arrived on my doorstep. But then I turned it over and skimmed the synopsis and knew that it wasn’t self-help but had the makings of a cute contemporary read. The reality of this book was that I started it one day when I got home from work and then didn’t stop reading until late into the night as I just couldn’t stop turning the pages.

I *LOVED* Gigi! There really are no words to say just how much I adored her. I loved that she was confident and pretty and smart. I really liked that this wasn’t an ugly duckling turned into a swan book because the popular boy decided to pay her some attention. I liked that she wasn’t this invisible (well, not totally) outsider and that she had two very good friends, Bea and Neeja, who were equally smart and also not ugly ducklings. I really enjoyed how these girls were happy to just be the smart kids but then after two semi-shocking events they decide that they are tired of just being the smart kids in school and want to be a bit more active in the social aspects of things as well.

In Smart Girls Get What They Want each of the three friends goes and does something a little outside their comfort zone. Gigi runs for office in order to correct a gross injustice in her permanent record (it totally wasn’t her fault!), Bea defies her parents to go after something she loves, and Neerja gives her all in becoming the next star of the drama club. Each girl has something about them that totally endears them to the reader. Not to mention all the wonderful secondary characters who pop in and out with their snark and how not all popular kids are like how Hollywood portrays them.

Smart Girls Get What They Want is a very realistic story and I found it to be well written and well plotted. It made my heart ache as each girl not only found things inside themselves that they didn’t know was there but they also navigated those tricksy high school romances. I cheered and booed many a time during various events and may have even shook my book a little trying to knock some sense into Gigi and Neerja. In the end I was satisfied with how things ended up and my only real complaint was that the book ended. Smart Girls Get What They Want  is an excellent addition to YA book scene and I can’t recommend it enough. This is one book that I can see myself becoming a book bully for so you should just save yourself the trouble and just read it now. 

Still not sure of this one? You can read an excerpt HERE.
If you liked this book you might also like:

The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
From What I Remember by Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas

5 Responses to “Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer”

  1. Anastasia @ Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog

    I agree with Charlene, this is a great review! I totally want to read this book, now. I love that it didn’t go the ugly duckling route (totally overused by now, ugh), and that the characters were actually likable. A lot of time the “smart” characters are UNlikable until they stop being “smart,” which is dumb. Smart people can be liked! Anyway. Am adding this to my wishlist, yes.

    • Irish

      I like how this one didn’t go for the stereotypes, not all smart kids were outcasts…not all popular kids were jerks. It was lovely to see characters that fit in more like how my high school was than what Hollywood tends to portray.