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.