Saturday, December 15, 2012
Smart Girls Get What They Want
Title: Smart Girls Get What They Want
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Publisher: Balzer + Bray June 26th, 2012
Plot Summary from Goodreads:
Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. They know their "real" lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they're missing out on the full high school experience, it's time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge--and they will totally "rock" it.
Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she'll have to get over her fear of public speaking--and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes--until now.These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want--but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . .
Fiona's Grade: A for being Adorable!
This book is super cute and adorable with surprising depth. Reading the title and the blurb, I thought it was going to be a cute story about the shy nerdy girl becoming the prom queen and date the sweetheart jock. And while this book does have a dance and a sweetheart jock in it, it's really a book about coming out of your shell and adolescence in general.
Gigi is falsely accused of cheating, and has to set the record straight and change the ridiculous cheating policy. But in order to do that she has to run for student rep- a recently vacated position. But in order to do that, she must give a speech and she has incredibly stage fright. The plot is both predictable and unpredictable at the same time- like I knew which guy she would end up with, I just didn't know how. It definitely kept you interested.
One thing I also liked was that while the plot focused on Gigi, her two best friends were also doing things like skiing and acting and they were as real as she was. I really enjoyed both Bea's love of skiing and Neerja's pursuing acting. I also enjoyed the French grandmother and all the other characters. Even Ava and Will were interesting in some respects.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is a super cute contemporary read that made me wish I had branched out more in high school. If you love a good contemporary this is the book for you.