Book Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Posted January 2, 2014 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah StrohmeyerSmart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Published by Balzer + Bray on June 26th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted

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. . . .

4.5 Stars

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.

Summing Up:

This was such an enjoyable, cute read, so thank you forever to Christina for sending it to me. I absolutely adored it. It’s the perfect light and fluffy read to get you out of a reading slump. Expect to laugh and squeal out loud, and just revel in the adorableness and the snark. Is it the most memorable book? Ultimately, probably no. But its mission was fluff and giggles, and it definitely succeeded.

GIF it to me straight!


Recommended To:

People who want some cheering up and healthy female friendships.

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18 responses to “Book Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

  1. This looks adorable! I love friendship-centric YA (there’s so little of those) and smart girls are the best. Definitely adding to the TBR 🙂

  2. I’d seen some blurbs of this one and wanted to read it, but some reviews had put me off. I honestly can’t even remember what they said that made me think this wouldn’t be good, but now my interest is rekindled!

    That cover is so cute. I dunno why I’m a sucker for books that look like the girl is getting twirled all around. Maybe I just need more hugs in my life!

    Plus, this sounds like a book with good solid female friendships. I do get really tired of the ones where the best friends fight or one of them gets “popular” and ditches the other. I realize it happens, but it’s also nice to read about friends who stick together. This is going on my list!

    • I agree that cover is completely adorableeeeeee and I want to be twirled like that too. In the frilly skirt. I think every girl probably does.

      Wheee, glad you’ll check this out 🙂 I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

  3. Both this book & your review just make me SQUEE! It’s one of my favorites, and I get really happy whenever some reads it. It’s just such a feel-good story and I love all of it–the wit, the romance, Gigi herself, but especially the FRIENDSHIP. Ah, the friendship in this book is perfection. You review is making me want to re-read it!

  4. I love this book. Like you, I could totally relate to Gigi as I was just like her in high school. So yeah, I knew from the title that I was going to love this 😉 I think Gigi, Bea and Neerja’s friendship is what made this book for me. It really is one of THE best friendships in YA books that I have read. Most of the time I feel as though the best is only there because the main character needs a friend, but I didn’t feel that way with this friendship at all.

  5. I read this a while ago and literally from the title I knew I HAD to have it. I completely agree with you about their friendship, seriously it’s one of my favourite “friends are actually friends” stories and I definitely laughed out loud at this book! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. I haven’t read anything by Sarah yet, but I do have her other book How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True on hand. Your review, however, has me hoping I can grab this other story from her too. It sounds like it was a lot of fun for you to read, and the perfect light, fluffy contemporary for when you’re in the mood for that sort of thing 🙂

    • Oooh I ordered Zoe after loving this one so much. 🙂 It should arrive this week, and I may just instantly devour it. *bounces* So excitedddd.

  7. I’m definitely reading this after this review. I was the studious rule-follower in High School so I believe I will relate to Gigi too. And I always enjoy good friendships, a well done romance and giggle-worthy moments. Thanks for another great review!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

      • Michelle Vergara

        Hello!, Im doing a book project about this and I think is such a good book I haven’t finished but yet it looks wonderfull,If you still get comments from here I would love if anyone or you can tell me the best part of the book I need to do a poster and explain why is it that I think it’s so impacting so if anyone can tell me or explain the scene I would be truly greatfull.
        Thank you!!!!!

  8. I actually LOVE long titles until I am typing up a review and then I’m all “who the fuck thought this was a good idea?”

    Though, obviously, I remember almost nothing about this book because I read it over two years ago, I have vague memories of loving the real friendship. Also, the swoons. I do remember the swooniness and how she lays a trap for you. Ellis was all mad because she was with the wrong guy and didn’t like it much, and I just sat there like heh heh.

    Maybe not the most memorable, but will I reread it enough times to make it memorable? Probably yes. Haha.

    • Long titles are freaking awesome, because when they’re sassy and fun like this, I’m 200% more likely to pick up the book 🙂 And USUALLY that turns out well 🙂

      Hahaha, I was confused for a bit about who to ship, but Mike was so awesome I just I can’t even xD SWOOOOOON.

      I already kind of want to reread this lol. It is the perfect pick-me-up read.