Some Girls Are

Courtney Summers

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

256 Pages



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A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Title

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High.  But then, vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start to spread.  Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.  If Regina were guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.  

Regina takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully.  Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend . . . if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark tale.


Praise for Some Girls Are

"The familiar plot of a girl facing social exile after a near-rape at a party takes on a brutal twist. Popular Regina is ostracized by her clique after her best friend's boyfriend attacks her; Anna, the best friend, would rather believe that Regina led him on. The one truly enjoying Regina's fall from popularity is Kara, a member of Regina's circle who never quite fit in. Kara and Anna's attacks escalate, and Regina fights back with physical violence. Regina's suffering at her former friends' hands makes her regret the peer abuse she's committed at Anna's behest, but those she's harmed in the past aren't so willing to forgive her. Her one source of support is Michael, a fellow outcast whose life she and Anna made miserable. Summers is meticulous in her descriptions of vengeful acts. These mean girls can and do extend their fight to proportions that will make readers cringe. Blackmail, fighting and retaliation all come center stage, and Regina sees that despite her best efforts, a truly mean girl is not easily knocked down. Powerful and compelling."—Kirkus Reviews
"This story takes an unflinching look at the intricacies of high school relationships and how easily someone's existence can change. Fans of the film Mean Girls will enjoy this tale of redemption and forgiveness."—Laura Amos, Newport News Public Library, Virginia, School Library Journal
"Backstabbing, rumor mills, and freeze-outs by the in crowd are familiar territory, but Summers takes these traumatic experiences to a new level of nasty. Regina Afton, once a member of the elite Fearsome Fivesome, is dumped after word gets out that she slept with her queen bee best friend’s boyfriend at a party. What no one knows—or doesn’t believe—is that it wasn’t consensual: Regina was nearly raped. In a series of pranks that go beyond the usual cold stares (the word 'whore' painted on her locker, books thrown in the pool, a vicious 'IH8RA' Web page, a four-on-one beating), her ex-friends exact a revenge meant to inflict permanent damage. Regina’s only salvation is her nascent friendship with a loner she bullied back in her heyday, but even his forgiveness is hard won. Parents and teachers are suspiciously absent (and oblivious to Regina’s suffering), but it’s Regina’s lack of recourse that makes this very real story all the more frightening and effective. Regina’s every emotion is palpable, and it’s impossible not to feel every punch—physical or emotional—she takes."—Publishers Weekly

In the Press

Children's Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers / Author . St. Martin's Griffin $9.99 (245p) ISBN 978-0-312-57380-5

Backstabbing, rumor mills, and freeze-outs by the in crowd are familiar territory, but Summers (Cracked Up to Be ) takes these traumatic experiences to a new leve

SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of SOME GIRLS ARE . The familiar plot of a girl facing social exile after a near-rape at a party takes on a brutal twist.

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Hallowell High:

You’re either someone or you’re not.

I was someone. I was Regina Afton. I was Anna Morrison’s best friend. These weren’t small things, and despite what you may think, at the time they were worth keeping my mouth shut for.


Everyone is wasted.

Anna is wasted. Josh is wasted. Marta is wasted. Jeanette is wasted. Bruce is wasted. Donnie’s always wasted. I’m not wasted. I had my turn at the last party, called shotgun in Anna’s Benz after it was over. My head was out the window, the world was

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    The book trailer for author of CRACKED UP TO BE Courtney Summers' edgy, sophomore YA novel, SOME GIRLS ARE.



  • Courtney Summers

  • Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program.