Blurb from Author Website:
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…
This book by Courtney Summers was the first I read which belonged to non-paranormal romance after a long line of other books which actually heaped my plate full with werewolves and vampires and in one case some unnamed creature (better not mention the name of the book).
The story revolves around Regina Afton and her fall from popularity/bitchiness courtesy of a drunken-party aftermath and a group of utterly despicable friends. From the beginning of the book I found Regina’s relationship with all her friends to be pathetic, and I couldn’t really believe that anyone could so utterly not give her a chance to explain what might have actually led to the misunderstanding.
Poor Regina. This book actually made me feel sad at parts; I just really wanted Regina to stop suffering so much. I felt a lot of her pain, and I could empathize with every feeling she had going through her head. Sharing the lunch-table with the “emo” boy whose life she herself had help ruin, and being saved by the ex-best friend she herself had destroyed socially must have hurt.
What I loved about Courtney’s book is that it was so real. The high-school tradition of open fawning of popular people was well recorded.
Her characters were all in shades of grey, and that was a nice change from the goodie/baddie stuff that’s tending to overwhelm the written world these days.
Regina is not a pathetic loser who considers destroying herself at any point. Yes, she does feel hurt, but she fights against the bigger losers who went about punishing her for no fault of her own.
The male hero, Michael, was also likeable with his cool detachment from the world.
There was no melodrama in this book, which was the reason I read it in one go. The writing style too is fabulous, not too descriptive yet not amateurish either.
The color of the locker and the girl depicts the drama of high school. The color of the locker has an explanation in the book so I won’t talk about it here.
Good cover image.
“You’re either someone or you’re not.”