Publication Date: June 26, 2012Review: I received this book for review a looong time ago, and I am so ashamed to have not read this until now. I wasn't expecting much from this book, to be frank. I was going to read it for the sake of just reading it. But quickly, I became immersed in Gigi's world of academics and best friends. And I immediately decided that: (1) Gigi should be real and be my best friend, and (2) this book is crazy great.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 352
Synopsis: 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. . . .
Gigi is a sophomore, a grade above me, and so I had a personal connection with her. Also, like I am, Gigi is obsessed with her grades. She's a lovely character, and her loyalty to her friends is so firm! I loved it. Bea and Neerja are fabulous best friends. The bond between the three girls is so beautiful. Everyone should have a friendship like these three.
The characters were just fantastic in this book! I loved Mike so much. He was just the sweetest boy ever. Will, on the other hand, brought a sneer to my face. I liked how friendly Sienna was, despite the "mean popular girl" stereotype, and I loved how much I disliked Ava. The pull I had to each of the characters was really great to experience. I was just so into the book and all the characters! It was so easy to enjoy this novel.
Sarah Strohmeyer's writing is easy to read and has bursts of delightful humor. Smart Girls Get What They Want takes readers on a lovable ride of smart girls, cute boys, and looking beneath the surface.