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Those Girls

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Not much to like about these shallow, mean girls.

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Readers may get a kick out of some of the over-the-top characters at Jinx's exclusive boarding school. There's Ms. Gunn, the faculty's angry drunk, who invents terrible punishments for the girls but always ends up as the butt of their jokes. There are also some tender moments between Jinx and her best friend Liberty, and nice images of Jinx's weekend home life with her wacky -- but loving -- family.

But in the end, readers will be troubled by the book's stereotypical characters, such as Liberty's overprotective Saudi Arabian father, who kidnapped her from her mother as a child and now makes references to "common prostitutes" when he catches her doing something he doesn't like. Also, the girls seem too wrapped up in their shallow lives and small dramas to care about anything real (when a teacher is injured in class, for example, the girls laugh and stand around instead of getting her help). This is yet another clique lit book series, so there will be plenty more to learn about those girls at Stagmount. But most teen readers -- even those that like a guilty-pleasure series -- should opt for something else.

Book Details

  • Author: Sara Lawrence
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication date: October 4, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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