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Some girls are /
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Summers, Courtney.
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Regina Afton, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace through Michael Hayden, one of her former victims. Original.
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Control No. 660865
LCCN 2009033859
ISBN 9780312573805
ISBN 0312573804
Author Summers Courtney
Title Some girls are / -- Courtney Summers.
Edition Statement 1st ed.
Publisher Information New York : -- St. Martin's Griffin, -- 2010.
Physical Description viii, 245 p. ; -- 21 cm.
Summary Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.
Subject Cliques Sociology Fiction
Subject High schools Fiction
Subject Schools Fiction
Subject Young adult fiction
Subject Bullying Fiction
Subject Emotional problems of teenagers Fiction
Subject - Local Young adult literature




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Annotation 1 Regina Afton, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace through Michael Hayden, one of her former victims. Original.

Annotation 2 Regina, a high school senior in the popular crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.

Annotation 3

From Courtney Summers, the author of Cracked Up To Be, comes a dark new tale of high school rivalry in which vicious rumors and nasty tricks are the currency that buys you popularity or seals your fate at the bottom of the food chain.

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.

Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion.

“This story takes an unflinching look at the intricacies of high school relationships .... Fans of the film Mean Girlwill enjoy this tale of redemption and forgiveness.” —School Library Journal

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 reviews (4)


Booklist Reviews 2010 February #1
High-school senior Regina Afton has been what she believes is an important part of the most popular girls' clique during middle and high school. And then she's not. Summers spins a story in which kids are mean, abusive, and quixotic, while adults are for the most part absent or ignorant. Regina, nearly raped by her best friend's boyfriend, pays for telling by being victimized in a hate campaign. Only her deceased psychiatrist's teenaged son seems to really care, and when she tries to take revenge on his behalf after her former friends bully him as well, egregious behavior spins out of control. Comeuppance-seeking readers won't mind that most of the characters are flat: Regina and her once and future crowd make up for their lack of depth with spiteful tongues and dangerous degradings of themselves and their fellow students. An additional choice for collections where Gossip Girl maintains a loyal following. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 November #2
The familiar plot of a girl facing social exile after a near-rape at a party takes on a brutal twist. Popular Regina is ostracized by her clique after her best friend's boyfriend attacks her; Anna, the best friend, would rather believe that Regina led him on. The one truly enjoying Regina's fall from popularity is Kara, a member of Regina's circle who never quite fit in. Kara and Anna's attacks escalate, and Regina fights back with physical violence. Regina's suffering at her former friends' hands makes her regret the peer abuse she's committed at Anna's behest, but those she's harmed in the past aren't so willing to forgive her. Her one source of support is Michael, a fellow outcast whose life she and Anna made miserable. Summers is meticulous in her descriptions of vengeful acts. These mean girls can and do extend their fight to proportions that will make readers cringe. Blackmail, fighting and retaliation all come center stage, and Regina sees that despite her best efforts, a truly mean girl is not easily knocked down. Powerful and compelling. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

PW Reviews 2009 December #2

Backstabbing, rumor mills, and freeze-outs by the in crowd are familiar territory, but Summers (Cracked Up to Be) takes these traumatic experiences to a new level of nasty. Regina Afton, once a member of the elite Fearsome Fivesome, is dumped after word gets out that she slept with her queen bee best friend's boyfriend at a party. What no one knows—or doesn't believe—is that it wasn't consensual: Regina was nearly raped. In a series of pranks that go beyond the usual cold stares (the word "whore" painted on her locker, books thrown in the pool, a vicious "IH8RA" Web page, a four-on-one beating), her ex-friends exact a revenge meant to inflict permanent damage. Regina's only salvation is her nascent friendship with a loner she bullied back in her heyday, but even his forgiveness is hard won. Parents and teachers are suspiciously absent (and oblivious to Regina's suffering), but it's Regina's lack of recourse that makes this very real story all the more frightening and effective. Regina's every emotion is palpable, and it's impossible not to feel every punch—physical or emotional—she takes. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)

[Page 60]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

SLJ Reviews 2010 February

Gr 9 Up—Regina Afton is lucky enough to be a member of the ruling clique of Hallowell High. She is best friends with Anna, Hallowell's queen bee, and she's dating Josh, one of the most popular guys in the school. Things take a drastic turn at a party when Anna's boyfriend attempts to rape her. The story gets deliberately twisted, and word gets around that Regina tried to seduce Donnie. From that point on, she is an outcast and her high school life becomes a living hell. Regina is tortured by the new Fearsome Foursome, which includes Kara, the architect of Regina's downfall. She is branded "Bitch. Whore. Slut." There's no one she can turn to for support, since she alienated all of the other kids at Hallowell with taunts and cruelty during her time at the top. As a last resort she tentatively tries to befriend Michael Hayden, who is known as unstable because Regina and her friends spread rumors about him. As Regina deals with the emotional and physical abuse heaped on her by her former friends, she also deals with the pain that she's caused so many others. This story takes an unflinching look at the intricacies of high school relationships and how easily someone's existence can change. Fans of the film Mean Girl will enjoy this tale of redemption and forgiveness.—Laura Amos, Newport News Public Library, VA

[Page 124]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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 author biography


Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including Fall for Anything and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.



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