Synopsis Snippet: Regina WAS someone. Now she has fallen from the graces of the popular but bitchy and feared Fearsome Fivesome clique in highschool and must figure out how to deal with her sudden fall and the fury of her former friends.
The Cast: A highschool group of white (and incredibly bitchy) cis-gendered, hetero girls and boys.
Romance Aspects: Love and lust are main topics here; mostly as it pertains to the having and losing of boyfriends.
Language: There is a copious amount of swearing of the upperclassman high-school variety. The flow of dialogue is very natural and though what is being said is, for the most part, a reflection of some of the darker bits of humanity, it is done in a very smooth and compelling way.
Fat treatment: One of the Fearsome Fivesome (now Foursome) was a “fat” girl who was basically harassed into taking dangerous pills and methods to become even slightly acceptable to this hateful crowd. It isn’t a kind or accepting group of people so don’t expect any acceptance or love for anyone who doesn’t fit the narrow standard or “likability” here.
Review: This book brought me back to a very hateful world of incredibly vain, bitchy and horrible high school girls (and boys) with few to no redeeming features to recommend them. Regina started as the best friend of Anna, the queen bitch-bee at Hallowell High. Quickly we watch as she falls from the ranks of the powerful and tries to scrape along at her newfound place at the bottom of the school’s hierarchy. Only she has to do it with not only the hatred and hateful actions of her former friends pushing on her but with the hatred of an entire school body that has lived in fear of her previous actions. There seems to be no one who isn’t positively gleeful at her fall from grace.
This is a very quick read and though the material could easily be hurtful to anyone who takes the characters and their actions to heart (it certainly brought reminders of my own poor treatment in school back to mind; though anything I ever experienced was far less horrible than what occurs in this book); the voices read as very real, very mean and certainly kept me reading.
Great Quotes: Some awesome tidbits that might get your curiosity going.
“There’s no such thing as justice”
“Yes, I’m afraid to be alone”
“Teachers never go out of their way to notice anything”
“In high school, you don’t get to change. You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.”
“I have never hated anyone so much in my life. I never will again.”
Final Verdict: This is a fast read but certainly not a text filled with lovable characters that you’ll be heartened to read. It is gritty, nasty, mean and makes me SO very glad to have put those anxious days of highschool far behind me.
So, have you read this yet? Would you now want to? Would you suggest it to someone else?