Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published: June 26th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher
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. . . .

I hadn’t heard of this book until it showed up unexpected in my mailbox one day and since it was nearly time for it to be released I figured I’d better get it read.   And wow!  What an awesome surprise!  I totally got into this book right away and fell in love with Gigi and her awesome personality.  She’s kind of middle of the road as far as her personality goes.  She’s not afraid to speak up, but she doesn’t do so all the time, she sometimes holds it in.  But she’s the kind of girl I love to read about, she really stood out for me and I absolutely loved her!  Yes, she was a little clueless sometimes when it came to boys, but she handled everything pretty good and I loved that she didn’t go completely gaga when a boy gave her attention.  She did in her head at first, but she didn’t really lay it all out, which made her really smart in my book.  (Meaning she didn’t totally make a fool of herself when she so easily could have.)

What I loved the most was her devotion to her friends.  She always put them first.  She made some mistakes, but she learned from them immediately and didn’t make the same mistake again.  She was willing to pretty much do anything for them, even if it basically meant risking her life.  Friendships like that are hard to find.  I would like Gigi to be my best friend.

The romance in this book is one of those that’s a little bit twisty.  There are two boys that could be potential love interests and I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m going to be vague.  But it’s not really a love triangle.  It’s some difficult choices for Gigi though, that’s for sure!  And the romance, well, it becomes clear how it’s going to go and from that point on it’s so sweet!  Yes, I like the sweet kind of romance.  The kind that’s not firy passion, but more the quiet ‘perfect for each other’ kind of thing.  Especially when the tension is between the characters for a long time, where you really feel the vibe and just hope your hardest that they’ll finally figure it out.  It’s the kind of romance I like anyway.

I went in knowing nothing about this book so I had zero expectations.  But it ended up being a very fun ride.  I had plenty of giggles along the way and it was a light, non stressful read.  I very highly suggest you pick it up, it’s perfect for summer!

Disclosure:  I received a copy for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

This book qualifies for the YA Contemporary Challenge 2012.
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  1. I’ve seen this book several times, so I finally read a review. So glad you liked it because I thought it looked great. This might have to be one I pick up for the classroom library.

  2. I haven’t ever heard of this book before, but I really want to read it now! It sounds like such a great summer-type read, and I haven’t had much luck with contemporaries this summer, so I think this might be more enjoyable! :) And I love how Gigi puts her friends first, I’ve read so many books where the MC ends up pushing her friends away because of a lofe interest. Great review!

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

  3. “Especially when the tension is between the characters for a long time, where you really feel the vibe and just hope your hardest that they’ll finally figure it out.”

    YES! That’s my very favorite type of romance. I live for romantic tension in YA books:) This one wasn’t really on my radar, but I can’t pass up a relationship like the one you described above, so this is going on the list for sure!

  4. I never get what I want so I must not be very smart. LOL

    I hadn’t heard of this book before, but I’m glad to know it’s a nice surprise. I was just saying, I don’t think there are enough YA books that focus on friendships, so I’m glad that it is something that is valued by Gigi in this book. I think I’d like to have her as my BF too.

    I love sweet romances, and I’m curious about the kind of LT, but not really. Thanks for being vague and not spoiling the surprise. :)

  5. Huh–haven’t heard of this one but it sounds like one I should check out! I second (third?) you and Jenny–I love when the characters have some serious tension but aren’t quite sure what to do with it…until they FINALLY figure it out!

  6. I loved this one too. It definitely exceeded my expectations though I did enjoy The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, one of her books for adults.

    I really liked the importance of the friendships in the story. I also liked the romance. I wouldn’t mind reading some sequels!

  7. I’ve heard lots of good things about this one. It sounds like a cute read with a heroine that really IS smart about her choices. I like that she cares about her friends so much. That’s awesome.


  8. I just love it when a book surprises you!!!! Sometimes getting unsolicited Review copies also means to find an awesome book you wouldn’t have picked up before!

    I wouldn’t have picked it up because the cover looks so plain, but now I desperately want to read it :)

  9. I like hearing that she learned from her mistakes! I hate when a character seems to have learned a lesson…only to go out and do the same dumb thing again. I’m really starting to think I’ll like this book so thanks for the review :)

  10. I’m so curious about this one, and now even more curious lol. I read her other adult series and I really like it (I also need to read more books). Thank you for this great review!

  11. I so agree with you on this book. I loved that it had such a strong message about friendship. This is the perfect book for young teens.
    Great review!

  12. I heard about this book a few months back and I’m so glad to read a review! It does look awfully cute, and I have been reading so many AMAZING contemporaries lately (they are fast becoming my genre of choice)that I am adding this one to my tbr list. Great review Candace, it sounds like this one turned out to be a nice surprise!

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