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

How Excited Was I To Read Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Stromeyer? I liked the title – I mean, who wouldn’t? It sounded cute, so I was moderately excited.

Book Rating: 3/5. It was okay. Definitely cute. But it could have been MORE.

Book Jacket: 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. . .

Book Review: I’m very torn on this book. I loved the concept. And if you evaluate the book separate from the concept, it’s a cute, light read. But taking the book as a whole, it was a let-down for me. Here’s why…

Smart girl gets accused of cheating and decides to become popular? I mean, that’s not a wrong way to characterize this book. It suddenly sounds less compelling. She acts like an idiot around boys – though she eventually gets her priorities right, which I loved. But mostly, they weren’t smart girls before – they were snobs.

If all three girls weren’t quite attractive with eager, also attractive, popular boyfriends waiting in the wings and a popular crowd ready to embrace them, this storyline would flounder. Cop out, Sarah Strohmeyer!

Last quibble: the book ITSELF isn’t that smart. It’s not badly written. It’s perfectly cute. But for a smart YA read, pick up any John Green, David Levithan, Robin Benway or E. Lockhart. I liked the message that you should study, do well in school, etc. Go girls go. But as a pretty smart girl myself, I was left feeling a bit deflated.

Caveat: check out goodreads. Most readers liked this one! Or Michelle’s review at Fabbity Fab book reviews