Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Posted by Krystal Larson at 12:39 AM Monday, July 23, 2012
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. . . .
Gigi, Bea, and Neerja will remind the reader of friends or students from high school. The author captured that "high school quality" in both the characters and the plot. Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are very hardworking and strive to get into the very best colleges. They are slightly dorky, in their own way. Sure, they study all day to achieve their goal and pick up extracurricular activities, but are they missing out on the "true experience?" Concerned that they're missing what could be the best years of their lives, the trio decide to try to experience high school. Gigi tries for a student representative position, but must overcome her fear of public speaking. Bea wants to pick up skiing once again. Neerja wants to try for different positions in the drama club. Can they get the experience they want?
The three main characters are all easy to relate to and very likable. Gigi is more outspoken than the others and she can be very dense, Bea is sporty and shy, and Neerja tried to live up to the legacy of her older sister and maintained a level head through the book. Sometimes, their characters fell a little bit flat. It seemed like there was some dynamic change during the novel, but not too much. There are other secondary characters who add to the novel. Their characters are not focused upon, but they are still humorous and add a little romance (Mike).
The plot itself has probably been done before. However, the author did write with a certain authenticity. It didn't feel like an adult was telling the story at all. It never hurts to look past a brainy exterior and see a leader, sports fan, or actress. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
3 1/2 Stars
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