• Page Count: 304
  • Release Date: September 12, 2017
  • My Rating: 1.5 stars

Mean Girls: A Novel You know the story–or do you?

Cady Heron grew up homeschooled in Africa with scientist parents as her teachers, monkeys as her classmates and the African plains as her playground. But when her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, she finds herself a stranger in a strange land: high school.

With no prior research to guide her, Cady’s forced to figure out North Shore High all on her own. Suddenly she finds herself sucked into Girl World as a new member of the social elite dubbed “The Plastics.” Cady discovers that unlike the wild, Girl World doesn’t have any rules–especially when you maybe, possibly, okay definitely, have a giant crush on their ruthless leader’s ex-boyfriend. Turns out, life in high school might be even more brutal than a showdown on the Savannah.

Based on the screenplay by Tina Fey, this retelling of the cult classic film includes tons of extra, never-before-seen bonus content.

This is basically just the movie, except in novel form instead of a screenplay. If you’re a huge fan, you can zone out and run through the movie in your head and won’t miss much.

It was an interesting choice to tell the story through multiple POVs. But Cady, Regina, Karen, Gretchen, Aaron, and Janis all kind of sounded the same… and nobody sounded like themselves (or even realistic teenagers/humans). The book really sounded like an out-of-touch adult trying to write a teenager. Plus, the tone majorly talked down to the reader. I was irritated with pretty much every character (and I LOVED this movie).

Another challenging area was how this movie was made 13 years ago, so some of the jokes & mentality aren’t going to succeed with the YA crowd today (even if the tone of the movie had managed to be present in the book). Also, certain fillers between chapters like “Mrs. George’s To-Do List” and “Gretchen’s Rules for Hanging With Us” were just cringeworthy.

So if you really love the movie characters, don’t look for them here. But if you just want to relive the events of the movie (or if you’ve never seen it and… want to start here? Idk) then this could be fun.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

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