Smart Girls Get What They Want: A Book Review


Smart Girls Get What They Want

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Summary: 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. . . .

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: I beyond adored this book! It would totally be a wish list-worthy item if it weren’t for the fact that I already owned it. Hehe :) This is Sarah Strohmeyer’s {who I swear wrote more young adult books} debut YA novel, and she did a fantastic job developing characters and writing a plot worth reading. It can be tough to release a book for teenagers because we can be a difficult crowd to write for. You don’t want to go overboard, yet you don’t want to make it a snooze to read. You need to find balance. Easy enough, right?

Smart Girls Get What They Want tells the story of three best friends, Gigi, Bea, and Neerja. All three are at the top of their class with diverse personalities and interests, yet they are barely known around school. The book is told through the eyes of Gigi, who in the beginning was accused of cheating. Right off the bat, you could tell that Gigi was not the type of girl to cheat, so I was already sucked in by the end of Chapter One. I loved Gigi. She was bright and funny, and she had the quirks that make characters so interesting. Bea was just as cool, and I considered her the loud and outgoing one of the three. I fell in love with Bea because of her spunk and her fearless approach to things. Neerja was a bit more like me. She could be quiet, but opened up around the people she cared about. The author created a strong friendship through their actions and dialogue. Mike was my favorite character. He was accused of cheating with Gigi, but unlike her, I actually that he did cheat. I was very wrong because turns out he was a poetry-loving, funny kind of guy :) I bet you can tell where this story is going…

Overall, I am so happy that I put this book on my birthday wish list. It was terrific, and I urge you to read it!

Pros: Developed characters and well-written. entertaining plot.

Cons: Nothing!

Heads Up: Romance.

Overall: 5 stars {*****}, of course! I recommend it for ages 13 and up.

Have a delightful night!
Bella :)

Psst. I’m trying to break up my book reviews up into paragraphs because I realize that I can ramble on for quite some time ;) More changes to the reviews will be happening in the next month, as a little heads up.


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