Author: Courtney Summers
Published: January 2010 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Synopsis: Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her—and her best friend’s boyfriend—start going around. Now Regina’s been frozen out, and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina were guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth, and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.
I feel almost guilty for having liked this book. I had read a couple of the reviews before reading it and was expecting some horrible things. The beginning half threw me off because I thought it wasn’t so terrible. But then the emotional and physical abuse towards the main character felt too real. Once I’d really connected to her, it was almost sickening. I wasn’t sure I would finish it because I couldn’t really see things looking up. Nearly every moment made me want to put it down, but not because I didn’t like the story. I absolutely loved it. Most young adult books have left me flat and unimpressed but Courtney Summers always manages to create something so realistic and vivid. And imagine, a book meant for teens that actually deals with mature and awful subject matter.
Five stars for making me hate loving this book. I wasn’t even positive if I should be liking the main character.