Title: The Girls
Author: Tucker Shaw
Publisher: Amulet Books, published in 2009
MSRP: Hardback: U.S. $16.95
Pages: 208 pp
Rating: * * * */5
The general idea, courtesy of Amazon:
Meet Mary: She’s beautiful, and her ski-star boyfriend is cheating on her.
Meet Crystal: She’s a townie, and she’s cheating with Mary’s boyfriend.
Meet Sylvia: She’s nasty, and she’s got something up her Prada-designed sleeve.
Meet Amber: She’s a flake, she’s the barista at the hottest coffee shop in Aspen, and she serves up gossip even hotter than grande skim lattes.
Meet Peggy: She’s Mary’s best friend, and she has no idea how to cope with all these girls.
A modern retelling of the classic play The Women (which featured not one male in the cast), The Girls is a quick-witted, stylish comedy about friendship, love, and most important, gossip! An elite Aspen prep school sets the stage for jealousy and intrigue as the lives of many girls tangle into a wickedly fun mess (in which no boys ever appear).
Oh my gosh, this book is SO much fun to read! I especially love then ending- pretty hilarious :)
I thought this was going to be these girls all best friends, going to the same school, but it's actually more spread out than that. Like, all over Aspen. Which brings me to one of the things i disliked about this: It just seemed too coincidental. All these random girls, and they're all linked in this too-perfect way? I usually can accept far-fetched stuff, but this time it bugged me.
Peggy was a little annoying at times, but I've recently learned that sometimes, authors do that on purpose, show flaws in characters, and it's something that's actually sometimes a good thing for the book (doesn't mean I have to like it though!). But I thought she was really easy to relate to, and I liked her personality more often than not. I also thought it was interesting that she wanted to be a chef- by the way, it has the recipes in the back of the book for all foods featured in the book- since it's not something you see a lot for some reason.
The characters were quirky, which I love in a book! They always had a certain thing they did, and they were... charmingly weird. Like, you wanted to be annoyed by them, but you couldn't because they were just so darn adorkable! :)
Another great thing I enjoyed in this was the fact that no boys were appeared at ALL- it was just all about the relationships between the many girls in this book, and it was fun to get to know about that and helped you feel closer to the characters.
A really great book, I recommend it!