I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Poppy on June 9th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
reviewWarning: 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:
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.