December 12, 2012

My Thoughts: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

4 yummy M&M cookies.

Cover Love:  I do think it's pretty cute and I know it's eye catching because it has been in pretty good circulation since I bought it for my library.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
It just has such a cute title and synopsis.  Here it is 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.
Romance?: Yes! Such a cute little romance or two.

My Thoughts:
All around this was a very cute book.  When I first read the synopsis I had worried that the smart girls would end up being mean girls, but that was not to be.  They just added more extra curricular activities to their lives and made themselves more accessible to other people.  They were successful at some things, but not everthing, but they put themselves out there and tried.  This is an excellent message for high school students, especially girls!  I know many of them that close themselves off because of some sort of fear or another. 

I adored Gigi and we are introduced to another wonderful YA boy in Mike, a "dumb" jock Gigi has to put up with in her AP classes.  He is also someone she has had a crush on for years.  Over the course of the book Gigi comes to realize that she has so much more worth than brains.  I love how she discovers that she is considered "a snob" by some classmates.  She always felt like they wouldn't have time for her and they felt the same way towards her.  When the walls came down Gigi discovered a whole new group of friends.

And Gigi is so loyal!  Such a good example of a friend in high school.  I have a Gigi in my life and I couldn't live without her.

There were a lot of real characters in this book.  I think there is a lot to learn and enjoy with these characters and in this story for young readers right now!

To Sum Up:  Another fun, clean contemporary romance.  Perfect for my middle school library!

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