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.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.
Augh, this book. I think I got hungry, mad, punched in the gut and excited while reading this book. Sure, its a YA book, but its scary because it can happen to anyone, and I know somewhere it is happening to someone.
I like the ending. I mean, at first I was like, so that’s it? But but… After everything we’ve been through you couldn’t even give me a bit of sunshine? or half a rainbow?? But then I think, well, that’s what makes it real. Because while I was hoping to read that the bullies got what they deserved and the heroine (is she even?) floated off into the sunset with her sensitive prince, that wouldn’t be real. What would be real is that the bullies will harbor hate for her, she will never be perfect and she will still find ways to fight back (however dirty) when they gang up on her again.
The part where she meets a nice boy who takes her for who she is and sees the good things in her, I like.
You could tell this book is close to my heart. While I’ve never been through that kind of intensity of abuse, I sure know how high school feels. And truly, some girls are-
Rating: 4 out of 5