Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

79%

37 Critic Reviews

Smart readers will find a heroine in girly, intellectual Gigi—all the while winking at her nerdy jokes. 
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they're missing out on the full high school experience, it's time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she'll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . . .

 

About Sarah Strohmeyer

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Sarah Strohmeyer is a bestselling and award-winning novelist whose books include The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, The Cinderella Pact, The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, Sweet Love, and the Bubbles mystery series. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Plain Dealer and the Boston Globe. This is her first novel for teens. She lives with her family outside Montpelier, VT. You can visit her online at www.sarahstrohmeyer.com.
 
Published June 26, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 373 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Smart Girls Get What They Want
All: 37 | Positive: 33 | Negative: 4

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Jun 04 2012

Smart readers will find a heroine in girly, intellectual Gigi—all the while winking at her nerdy jokes. 

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Alessio on Jun 28 2012

The friendship and brains come through for each of these young women. 

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Embrace You Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Kai on May 14 2012

I’ll conclude here by saying that seriously, I enjoyed this book.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Vera on Sep 22 2012

The ending was not a total surprise, but I was very happy with the way things worked out.

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Once Upon a Twilight

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenny on May 17 2012

It’s amazing how the author was able to capture these three girls and write a story that not only captivates you from the very beginning to the very end but also teaches a lesson in trust, loyalty and friendship.

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Reading Lark

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrea on Jul 11 2012

I can't help hoping that this isn't the last I will see of Gigi, Bea, and Neerja. I was sad when I had savored the last chapter and immediately wanted to read it again. This book goes on my favorites shelf without a doubt.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Sep 06 2012

It is heartwarming to read, and good for a few laughs along the way.

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Rather Be Reading

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Jun 25 2012

The overall lessons Gigi learned were great for teenage girls – the takeaway is definitely worth it.

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Ticket to Anywhere

Good
Reviewed by Irish on Jul 13 2012

Smart Girls Get What They Want is a very realistic story and I found it to be well written and well plotted.

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Chick Loves Lit

Good
Reviewed by Shanyn on Jun 09 2012

I enjoyed the book quite a bit, even if I was able to predict some things.

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The Bookish Babe

Below average
Reviewed by Andrea on Jun 27 2012

I found SMART GIRLS to be cute and engaging, though not overly exciting.

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YA Librarian Tales

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Sep 10 2012

All in all, Smart Girls Get What They Want was a very enjoyable reading experience for me

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Maji Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Juhina on Jun 30 2012

The only way to describe Smart Girls Get What They Want is that it is a totally feel good novel.

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Birth of a New Witch

Good
Reviewed by Usagi on Jun 22 2012

Really, though, this is a great book that gives the message of “carpe diem” to all of the geeky, shy girls everywhere that feel lonely, isolated or underappreciated in high school. 

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Live to Read

Above average
Reviewed by Krystal Larson on Jul 23 2012

Sometimes, their characters fell a little bit flat. It seemed like there was some dynamic change during the novel, but not too much...However, the author did write with a certain authenticity.

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Slate Breakers

Good
Reviewed by Brianna on Sep 13 2012

Anyone who wants to make this school year better than the last one can find inspiration in this book.

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Ex Libris

Good
Reviewed by Kate on Jun 30 2012

I highly recommend adding this to your summer reading list!

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Book Brats

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Jul 17 2012

The writing was great and served this story well. 

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Fabbity Fab Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle on Jun 30 2012

If you're a fan of contemporary/romantic YA, then I would definitely recommend this read! It's got everything I love to read in that genre: kick-ass and funny protagonists, well-developed secondary characters, a compelling plot and genuinely romantic romance.

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Confessions of a Vi3t Babe

Good
Reviewed by Vivian on Sep 10 2012

I’d definitely recommend this to young readers, or even adults who want a bit of light and fun reading.

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The Reading Geek

Good
Reviewed by Traci on Jun 19 2012

I strongly recommend Smart Girls Get What They Want, it's a fun and light read that you won't want to miss out on!

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Ashley Loves Books

Good
Reviewed by Ashley on Jun 27 2012

I'm not joking when I tell you I finished this book smiling. 

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Book Fanatics

Good
Reviewed by Kapri on Jul 23 2012

I hadn't expected much from Smart Girls Get What They Want, but this is one of the best books that I've read this year.

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My Sister's Bookshelf

Below average
on Nov 28 2012

If all three girls weren’t quite attractive with eager, also attractive, popular boyfriends waiting in the wings and a popular crowd ready to embrace them, this storyline would flounder. Cop out, Sarah Strohmeyer!

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VeganYANerds

Good
Reviewed by Mandee on Oct 05 2012

I felt the ending was wrapped up really quickly and I had a few lingering questions, but overall this was a lot of fun and very sweet. 

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Novel Sounds

Good
Reviewed by Elena on Aug 17 2012

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer is a cute, quick contemporary with a likable heroine and girl friendships.

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Catch The Lune

Good
Reviewed by Hilda K on Jul 20 2012

I don’t think I can recommend enough of Smart Girls Get What They Want.

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Paranormal Wasteland

Good
Reviewed by Darkfallen on Jun 22 2012

This is definitely one of those reads that sucks you in from the beginning with the right amount of drama, and humor to lighten it up.

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A Reading Daydreamer

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Oct 29 2012

The concept was pretty simple but Sarah Strohmeyer was capable of making it interesting. 

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Ciao Bella

Excellent
Reviewed by Bella on Sep 22 2012

I beyond adored this book! It would totally be a wish list-worthy item if it weren’t for the fact that I already owned it.

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Rescue Reads

Good
Reviewed by Erika on Sep 20 2012

All the characters in the book were all really wonderful.

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Book Nook Girl

Good
Reviewed by Yarethzia on Aug 25 2012

I really liked the romance in Smart Girls Get What They Want! 

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Musings of a Book Lover

Good
Reviewed by Kate Maxwell on Aug 14 2012

I hope that smart girls are smart enough to pick up this book!

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YA Corner

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Aug 08 2012

Check out Smart Girls Get What They Want if you want a funny chick-lit title to read this summer.

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The YA Kitten

Below average
Reviewed by Ashleigh on Jul 23 2012

The first third is easily one-star material and the rest of the book is worth about three stars.

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YA Bookmark

Good
Reviewed by Audris on Jul 10 2012

Even if you aren't a big contemporary reader you won't regret it!

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Bookmarked Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jamie on Jun 25 2012

Smart Girls was a smartly written, humorous contemporary I wish was around when I was in high school.

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