Regina is part of one of the tightest cliques in school. They are cool, powerful, and feared by everyone else in the school. Then everything starts going wrong. Her best friend Anna's boyfriend tries to force himself on her, and knowing Anna will still be jealous and blame her, Regina instead tells Kara, another friend, about what happened. Kara then spreads the rumour that Regina had sex with this guy. Regina is then frozen out of the group. 'WHORE' is painted on her locker, an anti-Regina group is set up online, she gets locked in a closet. High school becomes a living hell - and Regina realizes how her actions in the past have hurt people, just like she is being hurt.
Just as with Cracked Up to Be, I found this to be a hard book to read, and even more difficult to put down. Regina is a difficult character. I hated reading about what she was going through, how petty but destructive the other characters where being. Part of why I was so intrigued by Regina was that I don't know if she ever really reconciled her past and her actions with how she was now being treated. I know that there was a big move near the end of the book was was to show how far she'd come, but you could also see how much she was at times enjoying fighting back against her tormentors. This isn't a fault in the writing of Courtney Summers, but just a depiction of a very complex character. Reading this book was totally worth only getting a few hours of sleep.
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Read it with:
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman