Friday, June 22, 2012

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Hardcover: 352 pages
Expected Publication: June 26th 2012

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0061953407 
ISBN13: 9780061953408
Series: Standalone
Received: ARC from publisher for review
Challenges: 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge, 2012 Goodreads Challenge
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. . . 
Smart Girls Get What They Want was such a fun book & a perfect summer read. 
You will meet 3 best friends. Gigi, Bea & Neerja. They are the "Smart Girls"! They have so many academic accomplishments, are in AP classes, and they really don't hang out with any other students. They do not even eat lunch in the lunchroom but rather the library. They really don't do much besides their homework, and planning everything in their life. Making the best grades is very important to them, being social is not and well known is not.
After finding Neerja's sisters mostly empty year book they discover that maybe just being the smart girls is not what they want to be known as. Or rather not known, because being invisible, & smart is not really making an impression on anyone. They are not standing out, but rather hiding in the shadows & they are ready for a change. So the girls make a plan & start making themselves known around the school. Can these smart girls have the fun along with the grades? Because no one wants to have a year book signature stating "You should have talked more"
After being accused of cheating, Gigi & Mike are pushed together, she determined not be have a mark against her, while helping Mike out as well. Finding out in the process, that maybe Mike is not like she thought at all. I really liked him. I thought that he was a great character. Apart of her plan Gigi runs for Student Representative against the new boy, Will, who just moved from California. This is something that Gigi really wants and believes in, while facing her demons of public speaking.. Why is Will doing it?! Maybe just to get his popularity ticket. Gigi might has a small crush on California Will. But.. she as gets to know Mike more and more, maybe knows she has to make a choice & in the end it is apparent who Gigi will choose, but I loved seeing her make her own decisions, and having rather hilarious moments. 
Yes, there was a mild love triangle. But I have to be honest. It was not a HUGE part of the story, and the girl was smart (at times) about it. Thinking things through, being the over thinker that Gigi is. 
While the other girls do things they would normally not do, also facing their social demons and jumping right in making themselves be known, and overcoming their fears and actually ended up helping out & excelling more then they ever thought possible.
I loved the friendship between the girls. I thought that their friendship was amazing. They were the type of friends that no matter what they was there for each other. Friendships like that are really rare in the world, so it is nice to read about it. And when you find friends like that you hold onto them. I would love to be friends with all 3 of these girls.
I thought each of the characters brought so much to this book. 
Gigi was the perfect MC who had the looks & the smarts, plus there was so much more to her. 
Although I have never ate them together they are 2 of my favorite things, ever! 
Smart Girls Get What They Want was a perfect YA Debut for Sarah Strohmeyer. 
This debut had amazing characters, a fun meaningful story about high school & it's stereotypical tendencies, and over coming & accomplishing so much more then you thought you could. I had many laugh out loud moments while reading. I had such a great connection with this book & characters. I am looking forward to more books from Strohmeyer.


  1. I love the title of the book ! :)
    I have a feeling I'll enjoy the friendship between the 3 girls. I always enjoy books that have strong friendship bonds.
    Thanks for the lovely review, Loretta.

    1. Thank you. I really enjoyed this one. Perfect for summer, and also PERFECT for "actual" teens this age, it has a great message. I will be sharing this one with my niece!! =D

  2. Oh yay! I'm reading this next so I'm happy to hear its so good!

  3. I too am looking forward to future books by Sarah Strohmeyer. Smart Girls Get What They Want was the perfect blend of humor, wit, friendship, and romance. What's more is all the messages to take away from this book. The title is perfect and speaks true of what this book is about.


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