Those Girls – 5 Stars

those girls

Lauren Saft

Release Date: June 9, 2015

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book blurb

Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can’t help but stab you in it.

Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica arethose girls: They’re the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them-and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band-without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend and a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved-literally, figuratively, physically…she’s not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever or tears them apart for good?

In a debut novel that is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl and how often even the closest of friends walk the thin line between love and hate.

about the author

Lauren Saft

lauren saftLauren Saft holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. She’s worked in publishing, tv, education, child care, retail, journalism, and food service, all the while closely studying the habits and compulsions of teenage girls. She currently works as a tv producer in Philadelphia where she lives with her cat and creative inspiration, Desi. Her work has been published in Five Quarterly, Rap Up Magazine, and clubplanet.com. One time, she met the Olsen twins. Those Girls is her debut novel.

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my review

5 Stars

I never, ever want to go through high school again. Vividly reliving the insecurities and heartache in Those Girls was more than enough.  Sweet Jesus. I loved and hated this book all at the same time.

I forget how lonely high school is. I forgot how painful it is accepting your body and finding a way to like yourself. I forgot how much it hurts to love someone and to feel like they never see you. I forgot how it feels to wish no one saw you just as much as you wished everyone did all at the same time. As you sink into the minds of the three girls you’re reminded of how it all feels.

Lauren Saft does an incredible job of writing the scenes so that it feels like you’re an innocent bystander watching the train wrecks that are Alex, Mollie and Veronica’s lives. It felt like I was back there in high school with all of its painful chaos. Unable to trust myself or those who surround me.  Unsure of what to do next and more likely to make a mistakes than to achieve some preset goal.

I thought Those Girls was completely engaging.  I stayed up to finish the book even though it isn’t a love story – it’s more of a coming of age book which I can normally put down.  The misadventures of the girls wasn’t always pretty but it was a realistic and gritty glimpse into high school today.  Their lives are filled with drugs, alcohol, sex and betrayal and Those Girls is an unforgettable journey of three girls trying to survive it all.

I definitely suggest you check it out.

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