Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads: BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY…
THEY GET EVEN.
Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.
Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she’s ready to make her pay.
Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. And she’s ready to prove it to him.
Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they each had a taste.
Ope’s Opinion: I know this was a young adult books, which I usually really like, but this one felt a little superficial. I love Jenny Han and what she has written in the past, but this one did not step up to her usual standard.
Yes, peoples feelings were hurt ( weren’t we all at some time ), but we don’t go out for revenge. It is dangerous to decide how someone else should pay for what they have done.
I did feel for each of the girls. I did want the people who hurt them to pay, but I think it would have been a much better story for these girls to be strong together and confront the people who hurt them. Sneaking around and hurting people back doesn’t really teach anyone a lesson. It made the girls who were hurt look weak. I was hoping it would be about strong female role models for young teen girls. I was disappointed.
My final disappointment was the ending. It just ended. Did the girls feel satisfied with their revenge? What happened to Reeve at the end? I just feel like they quit writing, not like it ended.
Rating: Three Chairs – I like this book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received one copy of this book free of charge from BEA.
I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the
book; rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.