Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

September 10, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 1

Title: Smart Girls Get What They Want [Goodreads][Amazon]
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Format: ARC
Release Date: June 26, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A very funny and entertaining read that anyone can relate to.

Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their “real” lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents) But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge–and they will totally “rock” it.

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.

I love books that, at first glance I wouldn’t think I’d like, but then after reading it, I discover that I really enjoyed it. This is one of those books! I was so surprised how intrigued I was after reading only a few pages, I almost couldn’t put it down.

Smart Girls Get What They Want is hilarious and totally relatable. The kids who don’t try so hard are easily the “popular kids”, while the nerds/high achievers are overlooked and quiet. Typical high school scenario, right?! Well, it all changes when Gigi and Mike, a seemingly carefree popular guy, cross paths. After that, issues arise that cause Gigi to run for student rep, Bea to join the ski team, and Neerja to try out for the school play; which obviously causes a slew of entertaining events that had me flipping the pages with a quickness!

Gigi is such a great character. She’s smart, pretty, and sensible. She also has a fear of public speaking, which creates some pretty hilarious moments when she does have to speak in public, and struggles with her emotions for “new boy”, Will and long-time class mate, Mike. Things were kind of flipping back and forth with both boys, I really didn’t know who she’d end up until practically two-thirds of the way through. I really didn’t know who I liked more either, because each had their sweet moments, and this isn’t like your typical love triangle because the love/emotions don’t really come into play like that and I liked that Strohmeyer kept it light and fun because high school romance is supposed to be like that.

My favorite part of the book was the relationship between Gigi, Bea (Boy, I would’ve loved a friend like Bea.), and Neerja. That is true friendship right there, people! It definitely makes you long for those high school days when you were hanging out with your girlfriends 24/7, calling/texting them all the time, talking about everything & anything that came to mind, partying and just having fun together – having the time of your lives. Each of the girls went above and beyond for each other, helping out with each of their selected goals, constantly supporting each other and being their cheerleaders, and when times got rough, they were there in an instant to make things right. I loved that!

I’d definitely recommend this to young readers, or even adults who want a bit of light and fun reading, because Smart Girls Get What They Want is that for sure. There are so many playful, funny moments (one involving a bathroom stall in particular) that I adored and the characters are endearing and totally memorable, you’ll be smiling the whole time.

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