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