Sarah Strohmeyer is a favorite author of mine, and when I saw she was going to have a young adult novel out this year, I couldn't wait to read it. I was not disappointed.
Smart Girls is about Gigi, Bea and Neerja - brilliant best friends who should be enjoying their high school years. The world should be their oyster, but in reality, they are so focused on achieving an Ivy League future, they are completely missing the present. So each girl takes on a challenge - Gigi runs for student representative, Bea takes up skiing again, and Neerja starts looking at more than just stage crew for her time in Drama Club. The question is, can three smart girls get more out of high school than a high GPA?
This was a delightful story! I loved the three girls, especially Gigi. Her evolution over the course of the novel from "no one" to a voice to reckon with was very satisfying. My favorite character, though, was a secondary one named Mike who did not turn out to be what he appeared to be at the beginning of the story. My students are a little too young for this story, but if they were older, I would recommend this to them in a heart-beat.
4 out of 5 stars
This book does not have an AR rating.
Recommended for: readers 14 and up, girls who need a little inspiration to find their own voice.