Sunday, June 21, 2015
Review: Those Girls by Lauren Saft
Author: Lauren Saft
Published Date: 9 June 2015
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I received this book through NetGalley from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for review.
Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can't help but stab you in it.
Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band--without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved--literally, figuratively, physically....she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever....or tears them apart for good?
Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart. (summary from Goodreads)
Those Girls is the first book in a long while that I could not finish.
I admit to wondering whether I should give Those Girls a go after reading that summary. "Those girls" don't really appeal to me, but hey, often enough summaries don't offer a true judgement of the book, so I pushed my hesitations aside. I should've gone with my original instincts. I hated Alex, Mollie and Veronica from page one. Petty, selfish and irritating is my first and lasting impression. I understand friends having disagreements and facing obstacles, but the things these characters think about each other, do to each other - it's atrocious. Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? That's my recommendation for a new tag line for Those Girls. I simply could not relate to these characters and the more I read, the more annoyed I became. I started skim reading in the hopes I'd find something - any little thing - that I could invest in in order to push though this book, but there was nothing. So I skipped to the end, and holy heck, am I glad I didn't waste my time forcing myself to read this one. I'd have thrown my iPad across the room. As it is, I came close. All the disgusting behaviour of these characters results in lying, cheating, drugging and attempted rape - and there are no consequences. No real lessons. The wannabe rapist gets shrugged off and everything Alex, Mollie and Veronica put each other through is laughed away. Oh, it's all right, okay, because they're totally best friends! Please. If this is what "goes on in the mind of a teenage girl" then I'm thoroughly terrified - and was obviously a freak growing up, because this couldn't be further from the truth for me.
Those Girls earns itself a huge resounding NOPE.