Release Date: January 5th, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Won in giveaway
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.
Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.
I've never been so nervous reading a book before. I think people who love suspense novels probably feel like this when reading. For that, I solute them. The beginning of this book had me flashing back to school when I got the cold shoulder from some of my friends over a petty argument. I remember that feeling in the pit of my stomach thinking the whole world was against me. In Regina's case, this is nothing petty or light that happened to her. Nor is anything else that goes on during this novel. I wasn't able to put this thing down, and halfway through it I wanted to take a xanax.
Courtney Summers has a very unique writing style. She's somehow able to cut to the chase of things and get you inside the characters head from the get go. I can't even think of an author to compare her work to. Her voice is so realistic it's as if Regina and everything that happened to her was a true story. The sad part is, this could actually be a true story. People are bullies. People ruin others lives. And sometimes it takes a rude awakening to show those people the error of their way and some never figure it out.
While I didn't want to feel sorry for Regina, there was no stopping it. The more I learned about her life, how she really felt, and her relationship with Michael made her a person I ended up really liking. I loved that while some very cruel things happened to her, Regina didn't take a lot of it lying down. She was a very strong character even when she didn't see it herself.
Needless to say, this book was amazing. There's no doubt that Courtney Summers has some writing balls. She doesn't hold back and writes characters that you can't ignore even if you tried. A plot that moves so quickly and intense that you don't dare put down. She has brought one hell of a voice to the young adult genre, and I think she'll keep surprising us with future novels.