Author: Sarah Strohmeyer.
Published: March 26th 2013 by Balzer + Bray.
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. After all, real life will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. But when an unexpected event proves they're missing out on the full high-school experience, it's time to come out of the honours lounge and into the spotlight. The trio makes a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge and 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 might mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for.
Gigi, Bea and Neerja became best friends when they were children and they are still together. They are the smart girls of the school, always studying and trying to get the best results until they decide they want more. They want people to notice them in other ways. When Gigi and Mike get in trouble because of a test, she decides to run for student rep to change the rules. Neerja is going for the theater and Bea picks up her old hobby of skiing.
I loved Gigi’s voice. She reminded me a bit of myself, always overachieving and trying to be the best. She doesn’t care much about popularity, but there is still that feeling of wanting more. It was fun to see their different personalities and how they complement each other. They are supportive despite their different interests. Gigi is afraid of speaking in public (that’s me too), but they still get her to run for student rep. Seeing her grow and open up was great and I felt proud of her.
Besides the friendship, there are also two cute romances. There is a touch of love-triangle, but instead of being too much I understood the confusion. Will is the new boy and he is Gigi’s opponent. He is a true charmer and it wasn’t strange that she had a crush on him. He is nothing compared to Mike though, the boy she is supposed to dislike because he got her in troubles. He stole my heart right away and I enjoyed their banter. Mike was the perfect combination of smart and attractive. I liked how Gigi’s opinion about him changes throughout the story.
This book is the perfect combination of friendship, romance and developing. I highly recommend this book if you are in the mood for something fluffy with an important lesson.