Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review: Smart Girls get what they want

Smart Girls get what they want 
by Sarah Strohmeyer

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance


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. . . .


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5 birds!

“Maybe we were being a bit unrealistic, but we had this hope that if we could just get into the Ivy League, everything would be set. We dreamed of Gothic libraries and leafy green quads and romantic dorms with fireplaces and guys who were not only cute but also smart and charming, and, quite possibly, British. In college, we believed, we’d finally find our people.” 

This was probably the sweetest book I've read in 2013. I finished it on December but couldn't do my review earlier.

It's just tender.

With an incredibly funny (and of course smart) protagonist and with well built characters that seem real, it just captivated me from page 1.
And for a change, I like them being normal and not the popular girl that falls for the weird guy like in every other book...

Gigi, Neerja and Bea have been friends since the sand box, they are overachievers, they are straight A students and they are happy with their lives because they think that all the effort and being serious will pay off when they get to college.

The 3 of them admire Neerja's sister and want to be like her, a super genious that was accepted at Princeton with a full scholarship. But one day, they find Parad's (Neerja's sister) school yearbook and they notice that there was nothing personal written there. Nobody knew she even existed.
That, in addition to not being consider for the "hot - o - meter" the boys had in their locker room made them think about what they were doing.
And that's were the real story begins.

I simply love it, that's why I'm having trouble expressing it on a review.
It's such a beautiful friendship they share, and they are so loyal to each other that I was giggling every 5 seconds.

The love story is sweet even if at some point I wanted to slap them for not seeing the right guy for them! 

Anyway, nice story, fantastic characters, beautiful writing and fast pace. Perfect!

Cover: Mesmerizing! the picture, the colors, everything!

Favorite quote:

“This is probably the advantage of being stupid. Stupid people just do. We tend to overthink. If we could eliminate the “over” and just think, then we could do, too. Only we’d be smarter doers because we’d be thinkers.”

Favorite characters: Gigi and Mike

Will I recommend it? Definitely

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I hope you liked it!


  1. Sounds like a great read. I think I want to read it starting now. Going to buy. :) Thanks.

  2. Awesome review and what a gorgeous cover! Looks like a fun read:O) Thanks for sharing!



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