Some Girls Are

Courtney Summers

St. Martin's Griffin

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... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.  Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.  If Regina was 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.  She 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 new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.


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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.



Praise for Some Girls Are

"Powerful and compelling."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Regina’s every emotion is palpable, and it’s impossible not to feel every punch—physical or emotional—she takes."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Summers knows her way around bad girls.... a true page-turner."
--RT Book Reviews
"This story takes an unflinching look at the intricacies of high school relationships .... Fans of the film Mean Girl will enjoy this tale of redemption and forgiveness."
--School Library Journal

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

- Publishers Weekly
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.
- Kirkus Reviews

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  • Courtney Summers

  • Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including Fall for Anything and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she’s not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.
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Some Girls Are

Courtney Summers



St. Martin's Griffin