Smart Girls Get What They Want - YA Review by Grace KL

Reader: Grace KL
Age: 13
Title: Smart Girls Get What They Want
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Pub Date: 6/26/12
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book:  I was worried about smart girl stereotypes and lack of character development when I began this book, but the main character was complex and had more characteristics than just always doing her homework.  Gigi's voice as a smart girl felt authentic because she compares life to physics and books she reads for English class without making it feel forced.
Memorable or Forgettable: One memorable quality in this book is that it is directed very plainly towards smart girls which is something you don't see every day.  Also, I consider myself a "smart girl" and like the idea of getting what I want.  Although the characters are well developed, this book lacks solid meat and is more of a humorous brain candy sort of book.
Cover: The cover annoyed me because of the glasses, which are very stereotypical of smart people.  The main character doesn't even have glasses.  But making the title big is definitely a good choice because it is very unique.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags:  high school / humor / debut teen novel / ya lit

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