Sunday, June 21, 2015

Review: Those Girls by Lauren Saft

Title: Those Girls
Author: Lauren Saft
Publisher: Poppy
Published Date: 9 June 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository

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.



  1. One of my good blogger friends read this book and HATED IT! We were chatting and she seriously went on a rant about how the author should be ashamed of what she wrote about! I know bits and pieces about the story, and I'm so glad I decided to pass this up. These girls seem clueless and reckless, and I damn sure don't have time for the foolishness. I was also surprised to see some people comparing it to Black Iris and Unteachable by Leah Raeder, who happens to be one of my favorites. I think they definitely need to rethink that lol.

    1. I didn't even read the whole book and I agree with your friend! I could rant too. It's not that I think every book should be a lesson on morals or something, but I don't see the entertainment in such thoughtlessly destructive behaviour. I certainly don't have the time for it either! I haven't actually read any Leah Raeder, so I'm not sure about the comparison. I'll have to check her out. :-)