You Read What? Book Reviews: Smart Girls Get What They Want

Author(s): Sarah Strohmeyer

Publisher: HarperCollins

  • Imprint: Balzer + Bray

Date Published: June 26th 2012

Format: Hard Cover

Source: Toronto Public Library


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. . .

Number of Days It Took to Read: 1


This cover is typical of an upbeat and fun book. The title does most of the work and unless this is the book you normally go out of your way to read then this book can easily fade into the background among the others on the shelf. Luckily, these types of books have a built in fan base so it’ll get picked up.

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating: 4 out of 5


One thing I like to take into consideration in my reviews is the type of book it is that I’m reviewing because there are different expectations for every one. Granted, bad writing is bad writing no matter what the genre but, besides that obvious given, some books are tasked in doing different things. Some books are meant to convey a message, some bring fun and laughs, some focus on developing the story rather than the plot while others are plot heavy with a bare minimum of character building.

This book was a fun read and I’m so glad to have read it. The last couple of books that I’ve been reading have been heavy with plot, characters, meaning and essentially ripe for my criticism. This book was a light read that discussed very common topics for teenagers: the politics of high school, love/crushes and it’s main focus – getting the grades versus having a social life. I liked this book for it’s focus on the minor things we fret about in high school. I enjoyed the mishaps that have me physically cringing (which is what made authors like Meg Cabot so famous). The way a writer can make your heart flutter along with the character or protest in anger on their behalf is quite the talent and for 352 pages, I was the voice inside Gigi’s head that was constantly being ignored when I felt that she was being particularly dense.

You have no clue how much I missed that.

The writing wasn’t so out there that I’d hang it on the wall framed but the description of characters and the dialogue was witty and fun. The characters aren’t layered but they are relatable and intriguing. The plot wasn’t so intricate that multiple books are required to follow it but it was enticing enough to get you to the end. Was it memorable? Eh, not really but it got my mind of the stresses of work and school as well as this review!

These are the types of books that I devoured as a teenager and will continue to do so as an adult. Also, guess what? Many of the topics discussed can be found in life AFTER high school because the high school mentality never truly leaves us.

I hope to read some more of Strohmeyer.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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