Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
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.