Monday, June 8, 2015

Those Girls by Lauren Saft

Title: Those Girls
Author: Lauren Saft
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Poppy
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you Poppy!)
Read: May 2015
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.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Unfortunately, I didn't really like reading Those Girls. Honestly, I considered not finishing it, but I really hate not finishing books. Looking back, I wish I did put the book down and move on. 

The girls in this book are horrible. They are mean. Not only are they not nice to those around them, but they aren't exactly nice to each other either. They talk about one another behind their backs. Make mean jokes. Lie to each other. 

Those Girls has three points of view: Alex, Mollie, and Veronica. These three girls are best friends. They are popular and are the life of the party. But each girl has their own secrets that they are keeping from everyone else, including each other. 

I didn't really like any of the three girls. At first I was mostly interested in Alex and finding out what was going to happen with her and her "secret" crush on the boy next door. But the longer I read, I started liking Alex less and less. 

I do think the writing was good. Saft did a good job writing these girls as unlikable characters. And even though I didn't like them, there was a small part of me that wanted to know what would happen in the end. 

But I think the more I read, the less I liked what was happening and the choices that the characters made. I was really hoping that the girls would become more likable. That they would grow and learn from their mistakes. But they didn't. The part that bothered me the most was the big thing that happened near the end of the story. I didn't like what the girls did and what possibly happened due to their actions. 

My Recommendation:

I didn't enjoy reading this one. I found the girls very unlikable. They didn't do anything redeeming to make them more likable. There was a lot of drinking, smoking, drugs, sex, cheating, and curse words. (Most of that usually doesn't bother me, but this time it did.) 
This book wasn't for me. Others may enjoy it, but it isn't one that I would recommend reading. 

My Rating:

1 comment:

  1. It can be difficult when you don't connect with the character. It is usually a deal breaker for me. Interestingly enough, I recently read a book where I didn't like a single character, but it worked. A rare thing to be sure.


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