Review: ‘Those Girls’ by Lauren Saft

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Review: ‘Those Girls’ by Lauren SaftThose Girls by Lauren Saft
Published by Poppy on June 9th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 Warning: This book contains the use of drugs, vulgar language and sex scenes. 
First of all, I knew this was going to be like Gossip Girl book where frenemies existed. I had no idea how large and brash it would be though. The blurb in the description of the book states: “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.” Any normal teenage girl who does the things in this book are clearly sociopaths and does not relate to most teens I know.

One of things that get me all worried was that these girls all seem to be friends. Friends don’t back stab each other. They don’t call each other whores or make fun of how slutty they are. They don’t ask their best friend to be in a three way with their boyfriend. They don’t judge how a person dresses and tear them down to pieces. They also don’t drug them so they can be publicly humiliated and then having it backfire causing one of their teachers to almost rape his student. If this is the way that teenage girls treat each other these days, then I’m scared for our future.

Some dialogue these characters would say to each other:

I’m a zombie cheerleader, whore. I was gonna come dressed as you, but I couldn’t fit seven dicks in my mouth.
I’ve been told I know how to handle balls.
You’d be, like, my own personal porn star.

The characters.. The more I read from each point of view, the more angry I got. Alex was the one who I was rooting for but then I realized she’s just as bad as her friends. Mollie has big issues with her weight and the fact that she thinks she has to do things for Sam to keep him because she wants people to be jealous of her? The fact that she does anything for her boyfriend when he clearly disrespects her? Ughhhh. And then there’s Veronica who is clearly in need of attention because of her non existent parents, she seeks that attention from boys who are more than willing to give it to her. I thought at least one of them would have the common decency to stop what they were doing. To think rationally.. To get over themselves and take responsibility of their actions and suffer their consequences. They should have been arrested, kicked out of school and gone to therapy. Except they didn’t. I can’t help but wonder if this is how it’s done in reality. Where they get away with things and don’t realize how hurtful, how mean and how horribly dangerous they are. These girls are defined as the most popular girls in the school, the ones with the best boyfriends, the money, the best parties, the best drugs, and everyone looks up to these people? Ugh just no. The only two secondary characters that had any moral compassion were Josh and maybe Drew. I say maybe because he does cheat.

If there was supposed to be a lesson learned at the end, that wasn’t it because I believe they’re still going to be just the same conniving sociopaths in the future. They didn’t seem sorry for their actions. They’re selfish and even though the author decided to make them learn something, I believe it wasn’t enough.

I’m sorry, I don’t recommend this to anyone at all. Even if the writing is fluid and she really gets into the characters psyches and personalities, these people are the most horrible awful characters ever. I couldn’t like it. Not one bit. Even if it was for entertainment.


I was going to do something I wanted to do, without her approval, for once.
It’s really too bad and she’s such a slut. She’s so hot. Usually only ugly girls need to whore it out like that.
It was a shame he was such a creep, and it was an even bigger shame that that only made him hotter.
I don’t know why you let him treat you like that.
No never means no. No means try a little harder, right?
What was the good girlfriend thing to do? Would he lose respect for me if I said yes, or would he think I was boring and a price if I said no?
I thought about the sacrifices people made for love, the desperate things people do to keep relationships together.
You’re all horrible. Girls are horrible. I think that’s normal. I think that’s why you’re all friends.
Why didn’t people just say what they meant?

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  1. Jaime Lester

    October 10, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Wow! I mean, good grief. I know I am far removed from high school, but I still can’t imagine anyone acting this way even TODAY. It is ridiculous. And I only know what little you told us in your review. No doubt, I am out!
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  2. Jamie @ Books and Ladders

    July 30, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Yes! You are so on point with this review. As many problems as Gossip Girl had, it was never to this level. I couldn’t believe half of what these girls did to one another and still remained friends! Great review!
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  3. Kelsey

    June 14, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Definitely not reading this, it wasn’t on my list of ones to read but at least I won’t have to debate adding it at any point. Thanks for reviewing!
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  4. vvb

    June 13, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Although the description of this book makes it sound like it might have some light and funny moments, the characters sound horrible. Thanks for your review.
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  5. Arianne

    June 13, 2015 at 4:26 AM

    Same sentiments here. I cringe a lot the whole time I read this book, I am appalled by the description of those girls’ friendship – it would have made more sense if the title was Those Backstabbers…

    thanks for sharing your review, too! 🙂
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  6. Angel @Angel Reads

    June 12, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    I did like the book a little more than you did. But I agree with everything that you said, i was horrifid with the language, sexual content and they way that these girls talked about each other. Just coming out of my teen school years, it’s wrong. yes girls treat each other like this but not friends.
    thanks for the review.
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  7. Taylor K.

    June 12, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    I completely agree with your review 100%!

    • giselle

      June 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM

      Thanks so much Taylor! It’s sooo hard to see anyone redeeming themselves

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