Published: January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 5 stars
Age Recommendation: -
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.
I had really high expectations for this book because I really loved reading Courtney Summers's other book "Cracked Up To Be" and I had also read really great reviews about the book and when I read the synopsis I thought that this seemed like it would be a really good book and, I was right.
The plot. The plot of this book seemed to remind me quite a bit of "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson which is another book that I adore and is a book that also holds a strong message. That was the main thing that I loved about the plot of this book, that Courtney Summer's wasn't afraid to write about the issue of rape and bullying in schools and we're also shown how violent we all know that it can get. One thing that I really loved about the way that the story was written was how it was broken down into the days of the week so we know exactly what happen on that one particular day.
The characters. I thought the characters were written remarkably well. I think that Courtney Summers really has a talent for writting characters and making them really believeable. Regina. I thought that her character was amazing! She was so strong throughout the whole book and we saw how much she was hurting. Another charatcter that I really loved was Michael. I thought that his character was really relatable and I thought that even though he was bullied by Regina in the past that he was a great person by being able to forgive her. The characters I didn't like ofcourse were Anna and Kara, they were horrible, for me even though that Anna was the leader of the group and what she did was horrible, for me the worst was Kara, she used Regina's horrific experience to climb her was to the top and to become popular which for me makes her character someone that you have to hate.
Overall I thought that this book was a truly amazing read and I am so glad that I picked this up. I think that this is a book that every teenage girl read, this is a book that you will be thinking about for a long time after you turn the last page.