Those Girls


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Little, Brown Books


Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they’re the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them–and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band–without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved–literally, figuratively, physically….she’s not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever….or tears them apart for good?

Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.


I really wanted to like this book. It sounded really intriguing. I love books where the character’s aren’t always easy to get on with. I wanted this book to have a Gossip Girl/Mean Girls feel to it, but unfortunately it went beyond that. The girls in this book are incredibly mean and are more concerned with having sex, smoking and being absolutely horrible to each other. If you’re into very dramatic books, then perhaps this book would be perfect for you to read. I carried on reading it because I found it engaging enough, but I didn’t connect with or like any characters. I was just rolling my eyes at their antics. It’s a shame, because this book could have been really clever and shown a transformation of the characters, but in the end everything is rosy, which I really don’t think it would be given what the girls go through together and the awful things that they do to each other. The ending just lost all credibility in my eyes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that books shouldn’t have girls that have a lot of sex, but this book didn’t deal with that aspect very well. Alex and Mollie frequently called their friend Veronica a whore, and made whore jokes about her along with the rest of the group. This book has frequent parties, and at one of the parties, Veronica has sex with someone’s (won’t spoil who) boyfriend even though she’s incredibly drunk and he takes advantage. THIS IS NOT OK.

I feel really mean for writing this review, but I am always honest about my opinions of a book and this book takes things too far for me. I do imagine that many people will enjoy this book, the writing itself is easy to read and the book is fast paced. I just personally had major issues with it that I can’t ignore.

Would I recommend it?:
No! I like stories about mean girls, but this one pushed the limits.

Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. 😦

24 thoughts on “Those Girls

  1. I saw it on NetGally in the read now section and wanted to get it, but because I have learned my lesson in the past, I did a quick research and found iffy things about the book. So I decided against it. I’m sorry you didn’t like it though, it’s not nice when a book doesn’t live up to your expectations. 😦

  2. Your comment about rolling your eyes at the characters’ antics made me laugh! I often find this the problem when reading romantic fiction. It’s so hard to empathise with a character when you find yourself sighing and wanting to give them a smack 🙂

  3. Aw, ouch. 😦 I was skeptical about this book and hearing it had a Mean Girls angle. The characters sound like they would be really interesting but after hearing you say how awful they were to each other, I’m not sure I feel that way. So there was no real character development for any of them? That sucks. I may borrow it from the library sometime then. I almost “read now” this one on NG but held back. Maybe for good reasons. 🙂 Nice review!

  4. Great review. I agreed with everything you said. I don’t necessarily mind unlikeable characters, but there were no redeeming qualities about these girls and I couldn’t relate to them at all.

  5. I am so, so glad I dodged this bullet! I mean, it just does not sound like I could read this and not throw it across the room, which would be bad, because my poor Kindle! I came SO close to clicking the “read now” on NG when it was first 500 people or whatever. And I just… knew. Something screamed at me to stay away and I am so glad I listened for once 😉 I mean, I would flat out not be able to relate to ANY of these characters, because frankly, I like to think I wasn’t a despicable human being in high school (or any other time, for that matter) and I just don’t understand the point of being so mean! Great review, I will continue to avoid this like the plague!

    • I hate to write reviews like this, but I just could not get on with this book. I think it was largely down to the character’s behaviour which just pushed the limits. There were no redeeming qualities about this book, which was a shame. It looked and sounded like it would be a fun read and I was hoping for character development. The potential was there for sure. The writing itself was interesting and engaging, I just couldn’t get on with the characters. 😦

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