Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Smart Girls Get What They WantSmart Girls Get What They Want
Sarah  Strohmeyer
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Pages: 352

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. . . 
I've seen this book around, but I hadn't really heard much about it. It was actually just kind of a whim that I picked it up. But I am so glad that I did! Smart Girls Get What They Want is such a cute and funny read. It is one of the best books of the year and has earned a spot on my favorites shelf.

Gigi's trusty sidekick Petunia
Gigi is a girl after my own heart. She's a nerd, loves her dog as much as I do mine, and we have the same taste in books (she read Anna and the French Kiss! Seriously--it's there). I loved watching Gigi get herself into some sticky situations. She was so awkward and so funny and so sweet. I also loved watch Gigi grow and figure out life a little bit more. At first she had a nasty habit of judging people before giving them a chance, but after being proven wrong many a time, she was able to learn not to do this. 

I also loved Gigi's friends, Neerja and Bea. They were both unique and funny, and kind of award themselves. I loved getting to know each of them individually and seeing them grown into themselves. 

I have to take a moment to point out how funny this book was. It was hilarious! There were several moments in this book were I found my self actually laughing out loud, which I never do when I read. Like I said, there are many a time when Gigi gets herself into a situation or makes her full of herself. 

I hadn't expected much from Smart Girls Get What They Want, but this is one of the best books that I've read this year. I was so funny and cute and filled with characters you're sure to relate to.


  1. OHhhhh I loved this book SO MUCH :D I'm really glad you enjoyed it as well!!! It was definitely a hilarious read, and I've actually recommended it to a ton of parents for their kids going into high school :) I wish I had read this book back then! Great review!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  2. That cover is so cute and Gigi sounds like a great character.
    Cute review!

  3. I actually never heard of this book before but the cover is so cute and I'm glad you liked it and amazing review :) Adding it to my TBR list. Can't wait to read it now ;) Thanks for sharing <3
    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holic

  4. I LOVE your rendition of Petunia. I think you captured her, uhm, personality perfectly. I need to Tweet this. What talent!

    Thanks for the review!

  5. The main character read Anna and the French Kiss? I have a feeling I might love this girl! This book actually sounds pretty funny and that's definitely what I need right now. Great review!

    Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog