Those Girls

Finished Those Girls by Lauren Saft.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can’t help but stab you in it.

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 had high hopes for this book.  As you know, I love contemp YA novels that focus on friendship and this seemed like a juicy, fun Gossip Girl or Cruel Intentions-esque novel.

I guess it’s sort of like Cruel Intentions, except it’s less clever and the people are worse.  I also didn’t get a sense that this was in any way a commentary on a society that encourages girls to turn on each other instead of the guys that treat them poorly.  (That would have gone a long way toward making me like this book better.)

This is Lauren Saft’s first novel and this was interesting enough that it kept me reading.  I would still be interested in seeing what her next novel is about because any author that can keep me reading even when I don’t like the book, its plot or its characters is an author worth following.

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