Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

January 22, 2010

Every time I finish reading a book, I realise how much I still have to learn about writing. I get inspired and intimidated. I learn something (usually somethings) every time, so I’m thinking, will I only be able to write well when I’ve read every popular YA book around? When I’ve seen the huge variety of how it’s done?

But. That shouldn’t stop me from writing before I get there. I’ve been slack but I’m gonna get back on the horse.

I’ve kind of sucked in the reading department for the past, like, 7 years. I used to read so prolifically in my early teens, then it just dropped off, and I would barely read a couple of books a year. It’s only in the past few months — since I’ve begun writing seriously — that I’ve started reading often again. I missed it. There’s something special about curling up in bed with a book, and the Internet and TV shows and movies don’t quite compare.

Anyway. I just finished Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers today (I think I started it yesterday).

Seriously. Words cannot describe.

But I’ll give it a shot anyway.

I’ve never come across such a brutal, unflinching look at mean girls before. I cringed and winced and was completely sucked in. I really love Summers’ writing style. Today I pretty much answered my family with one word responses so that I could end the conversation and read the next page of this book. The climax bothered me a little, but I won’t get into that because I don’t want to spoil things. Otherwise I think it’s perfect.

I say that as someone who’s never really been bullied or been the subject of taunting bitchiness. So if I loved it, someone who relates more will probably love it to an even bigger extent.

I finished Unwind by Neal Shusterman just a few days ago and that was equally disturbing, if not, more so. There is one scene near the end of that book that had my skin crawling like nothing else I’ve ever read before.

So I’m done with dark and heinous for the minute. Give me fluff and feel-good.

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2 Responses to “Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers”

  1. Bee Says:

    Nice review! I want to read Some Girls Are real bad.

  2. bclement412 Says:

    I’m dyinggggg to read this book. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it 😉 Awesome review 😀


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