Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Fine. I think the author did a good job of capturing the voice of teens, but it was typical YA fare. Nothing jumped out at me either way.
Excellent. I read it in one sitting over the course of about two hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It's a quick read and engrossing. I appreciated Regina as a character - incredibly difficult to like, but also somewhat sympathetic. Even as you know she doesn't deserve sympathy, you can't help but feel for her.
As far as believability is concerned, I think the love-interest aspect is far-fetched. The story could have carried itself just find without including a romance - and the romance takes away from the story itself in this case. It makes the plot harder to believe and Regina's character a less sympathetic for me. Yeah, sure, she's tormented and loses all her friends in addition to this horrific incident that inspired the whole plot, but, consolation prize, she gets a hot angsty boy to make out with. I wish YA authors in general (and I'm sure there are exceptions to this rule) would realize that readers can appreciate a book like Some Girls Are, even if there isn't kissing and even if the main character doesn't wind up with a boyfriend by the end.
Overall - yeah, I'd definitely recommend it. It's a fast read on an interesting and timely topic, even if it doesn't always ring 100% true.
Posted by Julie G at 3:41 PM