Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Posted January 6, 2014 | 31 Comments

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah StrohmeyerSmart Girls Get What They Want
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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. . . .

After reading Marie’s review of Smart Girls Get What They Want, I immediately downloaded it. I have been in the mood for some fun books lately and had a feeling this would fit my craving. And it did!

Bea, Gigi, and Neerja are best friends. All three are obsessed with being overachievers and going off to the best Ivy League colleges. They want to be surrounded by others who take learning and intelligences just as seriously as they do, including the guys. While working hard to achieve this goal, they don’t take the opportunity to enjoy their high school years and are missing out on the great experiences and people they already have around them. Until circumstances put them on a path that will open them up to opportunities that will do just that.

I really liked all three girls. The story is told from Gigi’s perspective, so I was able to have a great connection with her. She turned out to be pretty funny, and kind of quirky at times. I had to laugh when she mentioned math being relaxing, because I feel the same way. Crazy, I know. Even though liked Gigi a lot, I loved Bea. I’m always drawn to the fiery ones, especially when they swear in Latin for extra credit (haha). Neerja was lovely too, but I wasn’t as invested in her as I was Gigi and Bea.

The girls do a lot of growing throughout the book. I loved how Gigi and Co. saw certain people one way and how they interpreted their behavior, but was taught a very good lesson in appearances and how they can be deceiving. More importantly, to open themselves up and give people a chance. Although they were kind of judgmental of others, it wasn’t in a way that made them seem like a-holes. It was the type of things a lot of people would think or assume, even me.

What I also liked about this book was that it showed that it’s okay to holdout for someone who has the qualities you want in a boyfriend/girlfriend. There’s no need to settle, and sometimes you have to experience what you don’t want in order to know what you do want.

Smart Girls Get What They Want was sweet and a lot of fun. This was my first Strohmeyer book, but I look forward to reading more by her.



31 responses to “Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

  1. I KNEW I needed to read this one and now it’s official: I do. I love seeing character growth. Sometimes authors fail and don’t do this, but I love how this is a main aspect of the story. Also, that it shows that you don’t have to settle for a guy. You’re young! You’re free, live it up! And don’t just “settle” if the guy isn’t the right one.

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I thought it was so much fun! I love a good contemporary read and this is one of the best! Welcome to the Strohmeyer group! Her other recent YA book is super cute too!

  3. Sounds like a fun, sassy book – you’ve been kind of on the sweet side of things lately – what’s up with that??? Next you’ll tell me you’re reading Lola and the French Kiss or something like that (I’m kidding!!!!!!!!)


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    • Christy

      Dude, I so have. I’ll have to rein in all the fun sweet stuff soon though, and bring back the reign of terror.

  4. I haven’t read anything by this author, and I certainly need a dose of sweet and fun. I will have to try something by her soon! Don’t be molesting the neighbors blow up crap, however it made me laugh it sounds like something you would do. Amazingly last night we only had two houses lit on our street, almost everyone took their decorations down over the weekend, thank god! I hate looking at Christmas crap through January!

  5. Yay for character growth! That’s always something I really look for in a book, and this one sounds like it’s just an all around win. I read her other book, the name escapes me, about an internship at an amusement park and it was really cute and fun as well. I will be trying this one for sure, fabulous review Christy!

    • Christy

      Yeah, this is the kind of mood I’ve been in lately. I’m sure the horror genre will be my next phase. lol

  6. You know, this sounds like exactly the kind of book I’m in the mood for, something fun, but also thought provoking. “What I also liked about this book was that it showed that it’s okay to holdout for someone who has the qualities you want in a boyfriend/girlfriend. There’s no need to settle, and sometimes you have to experience what you don’t want in order to know what you do want.” <—I love this message, and it's one that I don't think is intuitive, especially when you're growing up and dating for the first time. It's a lesson we sometimes have to re-learn too! 🙂 Awesome review, thanks for putting this back on my radar, I had forgotten about it, and I really want to give it a try! (Also I'm in awe that you and Gigi find math relaxing! It stresses me out :D)

  7. I’m SO glad you liked this one, Christy! It was just so sweet and so much fun, but had a great message too. That’s what I love about Strohmeyer’s books – they’re light and easy to read, a great break between serious books, but there’s enough of a story there to make it memorable.

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