Title: Smart Girls Get What They Want
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Bought (ebook)
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. . .
First things first, can I just say how much I love Sarah Strohmeyer’s covers? Between this one and How Zoe (Almost) Made Her Dreams Come True, I’m not sure which one I like more! Something about the colouring, I think …
Anyway, this was such a cute read! Right off the bat, I loved Gigi and how rigid she was — not to mention, how hilarious. I just knew that something had to give with her and who better to help her with that than a certain schoolmate of hers. Gigi was one of those people who had her entire life planned out, not really something that I had for myself but I can totally get where she’s coming from. We all have these ideas of where we’re pretty sure we’re going to be, but like my dad says, “life is a journey,” and Gigi definitely went on a journey! High school is one of those things that you can experience or not and it was fun to see Gigi and her friends really start to experience it.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the love triangle in the story, but I felt that it worked. Really. The two male characters couldn’t be more different and while it was slightly predictable what was going to happen, I couldn’t help but smile and yell (simultaneously) at Gigi when she did super dumb things — for being someone who was so smart.
I’m really glad I gave this one a go and will definitely be reading more of Sarah’s work in the future. Her books are cute and fun, the perfect light read for a summer day, or to pass the time in the dead of winter (when you just need something fun to pick you up!). Her characters are real and have flaws, so it’s easy to relate to them no matter where you stood in the midst of high school. Really, there’s something for everyone in this story.