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Those Girls

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Those Girls

Everyone knows high school can be difficult, and Mollie, Veronica and Alex know better than most. Mollie struggles to be accepted by her older, mentally abusive boyfriend, Veronica attempts to become known as more than the school party girl and Alex tries to sort out her feelings for her best friend, who just happens to be into Veronica. In the midst of their own personal struggles comes an even bigger drama: their friendship with each other. As the year progresses, the girls come to question how well they really know each other and whether their friendship is worth hanging onto.

 It is very easy to become invested in Saft’s characters and care about what happens to each girl.

THOSE GIRLS by Lauren Saft is an honest, thought-provoking novel that has realistic characters and an interesting plot. It is very easy to become invested in Saft’s characters and care about what happens to each girl. Between Mollie’s, Veronica’s and Alex’s points of view, the readers get a very clear idea of the thoughts and motives of each girl. Each girl has a distinct voice, so it is not difficult to distinguish who is narrating each scene.

Saft is very honest in THOSE GIRLS. She does not sugarcoat any scenes or try to make the girls appear sweet and innocent in any way. Each girl has her own secrets, and part of the intrigue in THOSE GIRLS is watching as they attempt to conceal their secrets from each other. But, despite their interpersonal difficulties, it is apparent that the girls rely on one another and value their friendship. Overall, THOSE GIRLS is a worthwhile read that explores the complicated friendships of three high school teenagers in a gritty, realistic way. 

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member on July 7, 2015

Those Girls
by Lauren Saft