Smart Girls Get What They Want
by Sarah Strohmeyer
Original Publishing Date: June 26, 2012
Length: 348 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Obtained Via: Amazon Daily Deal
Format Read In: Kindle E-Book
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.
In a Top Ten Tuesday a few weeks back, I admitted that I don’t read very many light and fun books. I think I’ve remedied the situation though, because after reading Smart Girls Get What They Want, which is both light and fun, I don’t think I’ll ever need to read another book in that category, because this one was so fulfilling!
I seriously LOVED this book. Gigi’s narrative is charming in a really smart and witty way, and I love her friendships. If you like books about friendships, or books about smart girls, THIS book is for you. The friendship between Gigi, Bea, and Neerja is awesome. It’s so rare to see a YA friendship that’s this refreshing. There’s a few disagreements between the three of them, but in general they’re supportive of each other and have each other’s back in a way that feels very real and inspiring without being sappy or sentimental. Gigi even takes up skiing just for Bea!
As a total overachiever and “smart” kid in high school, I totally get Gigi. One of the things that Gigi has to deal with throughout this book is that people think that she thinks she’s better than them, which is why she’s so quiet and studious around them. While Gigi does at times judges others too quickly only to learn the truth, I so identify with this! It was better in high school, but in Junior High I was quiet and always reading a book, and I was told people sometimes thought I was stuck-up. Never a fun fact to be confronted with!
Gigi and her friends really are as smart as the summary makes it sound, and I love that. All three of them are strong characters in their own right, and while Gigi is the main character, the other two’s story lines are just as engaging and interesting, especially since they intertwine often.
As you can probably tell from the summary, there’s some romance in this book, and I have to say I really like how it’s explored. Will, as well as Mike(the other love interest), are both such well-done, complex characters. Will is typically a “really good guy”, EXCEPT where it comes to relationships. And I can’t say anything without giving away some of the ending, but let me just say I love Gigi’s reaction to him in the end. Go Gigi! Mike is such a developed character, and as Gigi sees his development, so does the reader.
And perhaps that’s what makes this book so good: the development. The development of each of these characters is the strongest part of this book, which makes me love it even more, especially since I’m such a character-driven reader. There’s a lot of fun antics and a few serious moments in the book that definitely help this book along, but even without all that, this book would be worth it for the characters alone.
Final Impression: If you’re in the mood for a light, funny, but also smart read, Smart Girls Get What They Want is a perfect choice. I didn’t know what I was going into when I started, but I have to say I came out LOVING this book and wanting to be best friends with Gigi and HER friends. Their friendship was perfect and I loved it! 5/5 cupcakes.