To Read or Not to Read?

Those Girls by Lauren Saft

Note: I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley (about five months ago…oops) in exchange for an honest review.

Those Girls is the story of three frenemies named Alex, Mollie, and Veronica and their journey over the course of their junior year of high school. We see their internal thoughts (how they really feel about each other) and their relationships. Now I picked this book because I thought it would be a simple, possibly cutesy little general fiction YA novel. Boy was I wrong.

This was like the worst combo of Mean Girls and Pretty Little Liars only without the benefit of the girls being portrayed by actresses I like. The characters were horrible, let themselves be put into horrible situations, never took blame for anything they did wrong, and then laughed about it. Every character was naive as hell, thought the worst of themselves and everyone else, and didn’t seem to see a problem with that. It was very depressing and boy do I hope that teen girls don’t all act like that like the author seems to be suggesting.

Now the vileness of the characters wouldn’t have been so bad if they had all realized how bad they were, maybe broken off their friendship and went their separate ways with plans to change. But that was not the case. It was a “new day, same old shit” feeling that made everything ten times worse. There was no growth, no discovery, nothing.

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Not ever.


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