Published by Balzer & Bray on 6/26/12
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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. . .
What I Thought…
- First of all, I love this title. It’s catchy and cute and the sole purpose to why I wanted to read it.
- Gigi and her friends, Bea and Neerja, are total nerds. And I love books that involve nerds. However Gigi and her friends decide that there is more to life than studying and school and they need to get out and do things. Only things don’t go as planned.
- One of my favorite things about Smart Girls is that Gigi, Bea and Neerja have an awesome friendship. They aren’t catty with each other, or privately plotting to stab one another in the back. They are there for each other and encourage one another to do things that they weren’t sure they could do, and are there when things don’t go right.
- Gigi was a lot of fun. I loved watching her and her friends find themselves (mostly through trial and error). I could totally tell that Gigi was crushin on the wrong guy, but it was so much fun watching her figure that out for herself. Gigi decides to run for student rep to the school board after she’s accused of doing something she didn’t do, despite the fact that she’s not that big on public speaking. I liked how she went from being the girl nobody knew to someone everyone knew, without becoming a mean girl in the process.
- There are potential love interests in the book, but it’s not a love triangle. I think it was pretty clear who Gigi was going to pick (the right one, of course!). Will is the cute transfer student who immediately takes to Gigi. Mike is the semi smart jock who makes Gigi’s life just a little bit miserable.
- Smart Girls had quite a few funny moments, my favorite being Gigi’s first ski trip, but the Indian story is a close second.
- I really liked both Bea and Neerja, and I’d kind of like to see them get their own book. They were so likeable and I’d really like to see more of them.
“In fiction, I searched for my favorite authors, women I have trusted to reassure me than not all teenage guys are total ditwads, that the archetype of the noble cute hero who devotes himself to the girl he loves has not gone the way of the rotary phone. That all I had to do was be myself (smart, hardworking, funny) and be patient and kind and he and I would find each other.
As Bea would say, this why they call it fiction.”