Published by Balzer + Bray on June 26th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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. . . .
By the title alone, I knew that Smart Girls Get What They Want, hereafter referred to as Smart Girls, because I can’t be bothered, would be a great book for me. I was the uber nerdy girl in high school, and I’m proud of that, to an extent. But I do wish that us smart girls would get some more credit. Studying isn’t all we do.
Right away, what I love about Smart Girls, is the main character, Gigi. Obviously, I could relate to her in a big way. But I really loved her narrations and the sarcastic humor and snark that shines through. Honestly, within the first chapter I was giggling aloud. This is a laugh out loud funny book, make no mistake. But I just loved her, and she grew on me more and more as I continued reading the story.
What I also loved immensely was her friendship with Bea and Neerja. Are you tired of the bitchy best friend in YA? Read this book. Seriously. This trio is absolutely amazing. They truly love each other and make sacrifices for each other. Honestly. Gigi gives up a date because then one of her friends would be alone. When one of them gets hurt, the other two come running. They constantly have each other’s backs.
The plot, I feel, is pretty much the perfect mix of coming-of-age and romance. Gigi struggles with finding a balance between being the smart girl, top of her class, and actually being remembered by her classmates. She pushes herself to get out there more and find ways to make her voice heard. I, of course, could relate to that a lot. It’s really refreshing to see a smart character who struggles with introversion put herself out there. It’s inspiring.
And the romance…. it is slow-burning but absolute perfection. Words can’t describe how much I love Mike and the idea of the misconceptions and prejudice that first impede their relationship. But there’s so much more to him than meets the eye. You just grow to love him more and more as the book goes on and that last chapter…. I was squealing and giggling and flailing…. loud noises were being emitted, so I’m glad I was home alone. Fluffy goodness, honestly. I just loved it. And a special shout out to the last line of the book. Instead of getting all sappy, it’s totally unrelated to the romance and instead ends on a snarky note. Guys, I loved that so much, I can’t even right now.