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
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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