Those Girls – Lauren Saft

18249315This Young Adult novel is highly inappropriate. It doesn’t have much of a plot and at times you want to smack the characters for being so stupid. Yet, these same characters manage to stay with you long after you finish the book. The author deftly taps into the zeitgeist of the time and the three popular girls who are the heroines. Privileged high school juniors, Alex, Mollie and Veronica are “those girls,” best friends who rule the school. But how well do they know themselves as well as each other? Rocker chic Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door but can’t seem to tell him. Mollie is desperate to keep her A-List boyfriend even though he’s cruel; and Veronica just wants to be loved, literally and figuratively, by anyone. At times hysterical, always honest, the author manages to get into the minds of all three girls and depict how thin the line is between love and hate even among the best of friends. (Not recommended for the faint of heart.)

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