Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Smart Girls Get What They Want


Cute, girl-power, chick-lit novel for teens


Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352 pages
Source: Amazon Vine
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Gigi, Bea, and Neerja have been best friends since elementary school. They are all three studious, ambitious, very smart girls, but they suddenly realize late in their high school careers that they want more than just their own little circle. They want to reach out socially and connect in ways they never have before in their high school. Bea decides to join the women's ski team. Gigi opts to run for office. Neerja trys out for the school play--and reachs out to a guy she has liked for ages. These are a very diverse range of goals, but the girls support each other all along the way.

This is a fun, non-preachy exploration of themes of loyalty to old friends while gaining new friends and experiences. It shows by example that it is possible to connect with boys romantically without having to compromise who you are. This is a terrific example of the best of the chick-lit genre.

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Populazzi by Elise Allen, Also Known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher, The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills by Joanna Pearson, and The Oracle of Dating and The Oracle Rebounds by Allison van Diepen.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroines: 4

Subcharacters: 4

Writing: 4

Chick-Lit Plot: 4

Overall: 4

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program.