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 themand really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a bandwithout telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend and a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be lovedliterally, figuratively, physically...she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever or tears them apart for good?
In a debut novel that is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl and how often even the closest of friends walk the thin line between love and hate.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||15 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Lauren Saft holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University. She's worked in publishing, TV, education, child care, retail, journalism, and food service, all the while closely studying the habits and compulsions of teenage girls. She currently works as a TV producer in Philadelphia where she lives with her cat and creative inspiration, Desi. Her work has been published in Five Quarterly, Switchback, and clubplanet.com. One time, she met the Olsen twins. Those Girls is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Overall I enjoyed the book. It mostly was about sex, parties, drugs, and relationships. My favorite character was Alex I just wish she spoke up more about the way she was feeling with Mollie and the sitution with Drew. I hate that her and Drew didn't get together at the end. Veronica, I was indifferent about. I wanted her to find love at the end because that was all she wanted. Mollie was my least favorite only because she reminded me of those girls who were so wrapped up in her relationship and was so defined by it that was kind of annoying. Everything was about Sam or about her.
Those Girls takes three incredibly unlikable characters, makes them "best friends," and then throws them all together into one spectacularly messed up book. So to say the least, this isn't going to be the right one for everyone. "With friends like these, who needs enemies?" describes this book really well. The three main characters, Alexis, Mollie, and Veronica, describe themselves as being best friends, but in reality, their relationship is extremely toxic. I felt from the start like they were definitely just friends out of habit, rather than because they actually had any affection for one another. Going into the book, I thought it'd be a coming of age novel, but it isn't, not really. The book focuses mainly on the three girls' super messed up friendship, and their relationships with the boys in their lives. There's a lot the girls could come to terms with, but I felt like they never really learned from their mistakes, or learned much of anything at all. There were quite a few loose ends, some a bit more unsettling than others. I actually would have rated the book a bit higher, but I was pretty disturbed at one of the turns the book took, which wasn't resolved in a way I found at all satisfactory. Those who like stories with unlikable narrators will likely find something to enjoy here, but the complete lack of real consequences for the girls' actions can be frustrating, and while Saft puts a lot of work into making them feel human, their complete disregard for each other at times undoes a lot of that. That said, I had a hard time putting this book down - it was hard to look away from the trainwreck the girls were setting up for themselves and I wanted to see how it would all be resolved. So, if you enjoy stories with unlikable narrators, toxic relationships, and a lot of shock factor thrown in, Those Girls may be the book for you. If those things aren't your style, you may want to steer clear of this one. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!)
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this book, considering I'm not particularly a fan of it's genre. At first, I found the strong language to be a little too much, and I was initially put off because of it, but I quickly found that the storyline overshadowed my distaste of the language. I found myself up staying up late, wanting to read just one more chapter. I also found that I eventually got used to the foul language, and actually began to enjoy how it attributed to the "catty," heartless quality the author potrayed in her teenage characters. The character development was well executed, detailed and despite the strong (sometimes blatantly negative) qualities of each character enabled the reader to relate to each personality. I would read a sequel from this author without question. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange in my honest and unbiased review.
Given To Me For An Honest Review Those Girls Hardcover by Lauren Saft is her debut novel. Make sure you have your seatbelt on because you're find yourself on one quick, fun highschool memory ride. Once you open the book, it will grab you, hold you down and you'll watch those pages just turn and turn and turn some more until you get to the end. Then you'll find yourself starting to re-read it again. There are even a few twists and turns thrown in for good measure. You will quickly get into each girls head and then form a bond with each one. This is a book of raw feelings, friendships, trust and love while in high school. Do you remember your high school expenience? I think a lot of us don't really want to remember. I loved reading this book, it brought back many memories. This would make a great addition to your bookshelf. I gave it 5 stars but wish I could give it more. I highly recommend it to everyone. I look for more from Lauren Saft.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.. I have to say I really did like the book even with all the issues these girls were having. We are taken into the lives of three girls who have been friends since forever almost. Mollie and Alex have been friends since they were little and then Veronica came and they all stay together. Yes they go through problems with each other and don't talk but that is mostly what high school girls go through. We have different p.o.v.s with this story being told through the eyes of each girl and we get a glimpse of how they see themselves and their world. I didn't agree with some of the things the girls either said or thought being as sometimes it was harsh but I guess that is what us females do to others? Though I am sure it isn't all females. Only one part I didn't think the girls would follow through with and when they did and what could have happened if no one walked in was just sad to see them get so low in their life they were willing to hurt their friend in that way. Alex lives with her mother and brother and her best friend is Drew along with Mollie. Alex is starting to realize that she needs to branch out in her life and joins a band which I think is pretty amazing. Alex doesn't seem to like to start trouble but kind of just goes with the flow of things though she will call names when needed. Mollie she is just crazy all over and I have a feeling that is because of her boyfriend Sam. As we read on about her relationship with Sam we learn it isn't healthy I mean they smoke, drink have sex all while his parents are upstairs and NO ONE says anything! Like how do Mollie's parents not know what is going on. When she gets in trouble later on in the book her parents make her go to church! Mollie seems to be the on in the group that holds a lot in, deals with a lot of self-esteem issues, and says things that hurt people. Veronica oh boy she is a hot hot mess. I mean this girl is sleeping around which isn't good. She has a lot of self-esteem issues almost more than Mollie does. She just wants someone to love her and care for her but she doesn't know how to treat them exactly. Which is quite sad. She spends a lot of time at home by herself or partying and it made me feel for her. The characters are unique but the same in more ways than one and when Veronica does the unthinkable Alex and Mollie decide to seek revenge but was it worth it is the question? Who will be the one hurt in the end? I did keep hoping for the two best friends to get together because you can just tell by the way Alex and Drew hung around each other they just liked each other but would never act it out. I wish they would have ended up together but I guess they couldn't have their own H.E.A. If you are looking for drama with a lot of sex scenes, cussing, drugs (weed) this book has it. I did enjoy it like I said at the beginning I enjoy a good YA that has the drama because then I look back and say wow glad my life wasn't like that.