AUTHOR Courtney Summers
PUBLICATION January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
READ August 19 - 21, 2012
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.
"You're Anna Morrison's right hand. That's the lowest form of life on the highest part of the social ladder. There's not much to you."
Regina, our MC, was not a nice person. Through her memories we see that her past is full of black marks and they are slowly revealed as the story goes on. At the beginning I was certain that there was no way I would have any empathy for her, I was disgusted by what she had done. But something changes throughout the novel, we get to see her fall apart, hit rock bottom, and attempt to pick up the pieces. I truly felt that, in the end, she was remorseful and I actually ended up rooting for her. She finally finds something good in her life in Micheal, whom she had previously ruined. Micheal was a GREAT character, he was sweet and funny in a very dry way. He didn't make things easy on Regina, and rightfully so. But Micheal is not the only person Regina has wronged in her past, there's Liz & Kara, they are all characters with immense layers that I found myself feeling terrible for.
"In high school, you don't get to change. You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you."