Contemporary Summer Fling: SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT

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Title: Smart Girls Get What They Want
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Rating:
Synopsis: Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . .

Sam’s Review: 

4.5 Stars

Gotta love a book with a great sense of humor. Sarah Strohmeyer’s Smart Girls Get What They Want is chock full of it. With its quirky cast of characters, to its removal of high school stereotypes, I couldn’t help but love this story.

First of all, Gigi. I hated her nickname, but I loved her character. I thought her voice oozed humor and spunk. She’s so funny, but completely honest. I felt as though Strohmeyer had created someone who was both very likable and not likable at all in Gigi. She’s full of flaw, but they are flaws that she often tries to brush away and they bite her in the ass. These are the best types of protagonists, the ones who have some stubbornness and have to learn lessons the hard way only to grow into a better person. I loved Strohmeyer’s approach to Gigi because she felt so real throughout.

Actually, I think the author does an amazing job with all the characters. She has this knack of having the characters respond in such genuine and realistic ways that it’s hard to deny. In fact, the opening of this novel showcasing Parad being unnoticed her entire high school year and the girls vowing that they don’t want to become her was quite realistic and did an amazing job of driving the force of the novel so that we cared how Bea, Neerja, Gigi’s progress through high school.

I actually loved the descriptions of high school life in this story. It’s an imperfect, mess of a place, and Strohmeyer doesn’t sugar coat it in any way. She shows what a mess administrations can be, how easily student governments crumble, how hi-strung people are about school life, and it all made me reminisce about my high days and how unfulfilled they were in a lot of ways.

The only thing I did not like about this novel was the ending. For a book that does so much right, the ending just was there leaving me no satisfaction. Everything has a perfect little bow on it, which yes makes sense, but ending lacked the personality the rest of the story had. I suppose I just wanted a bit more from it.

I really cannot wait to read more of Sarah Strohmeyer’s works, especially if they are as fun and engaging as Smart Girls was. If you are looking for a funny, light contemporary novel, this is an awesome one worth the read as long as you aren’t looking for anything too deep. But, if you do check it out, believe me: it’s a ton of fun.

River’s Review:

5 Stars

Omg I read this book in like A DAY. I went to the eye doctor in Tokyo and on my way home I decided to ride the rapid train (rather than the express) and it took like… 3 hours (over 1.5 on the express) and I just read this the ENTIRE TIME. I couldn’t stop! I was just sucked right in and I loved how hilarious it was!

The way this book felt to me was… fairytale -esque. Like a ‘once-upon a time’ story. From start to finish I just imagined sparkles coming off the pages and dream sighs anytime something… dreamy happened.

Once again Sam has stolen a lot of my thoughts in her review above… so I’ll talk about how I related to this. While I wasn’t one of the ‘smart’ kids in high school, I was often considered quite and ‘stuck up’. I have a very vivid memory of my best friend (in high school) telling me that she thought I was ‘a snob’ and that I acted like I was better than everyone else. In truth… I was scared. I didn’t think that people liked me and I could relate to Gigi and her friends on this a bit. They were their own contained group, and for the longest time they didn’t need anyone else. They came off as stuck up snobs, but they really weren’t like that at all.

My FAVORITE part was when the girls were talking about Thanksgiving and Neerja’s family being the ‘Indians’. Stuff like that just cracked me up. I loved it when Gigi was called Einstein at school, and the parts where she was talking to the administration about the cheating scandal… and Gigi’s mom was just so wtf!

This was also one of the rare books where I liked the protagonist. Often the female voice in first person kinda falls flat for me… I don’t remember much about the narrator other than what I felt an experience from the first person. So it’s very rare, and refreshing, when I don’t feel like it’s MY story, and that I’m actually reading something from someone else’s POV, first person or not.

I can’t wait to read more of Strohmeyer’s books!

Did you read SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT? If you did what did you think? We’d love to talk about it in the comments! Also link us to your reviews! And don’t forget to check out last few Flings with:

This Song Will Save Your Life
The Moon and More
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Next week: ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway

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