Mean Girls – Micol Ostow

Mean Girls: A Novel by Micol Ostow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, High School


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.

This is a FANTASTIC movie novelization. It feels exactly like watching the movie.

Which, I think, can be both a good thing and a bad thing. If you’ve watched the movie recently, then it’s definitely not a good idea for you to read this book right away. After all, the dialogue is word-for-word the same one as in the movie.

It’s kind of like reading a screenplay, but with descriptions about the characters’ feelings and actions added. It’s a retelling in the sense that there are point of views from every main character, so you get a sense of what they’re thinking and why they’re doing what they’re doing.

But it’s not an actual retelling of the story. In other words, the story is exactly the same. The characters say the same exact things and behave in the same exact way as in the movie – with very few exceptions.

I loved it, though, because it’s like having the movie in my pocket. Since I personally think Lindsay Lohan does a great job of playing Cady and the Plastics are too funny to watch on screen, I would say that the movie is better, but really, both are addictive. I just love how I can now say, ‘‘Suck it, electronics. I don’t need you anymore. I have my pocket movie now.’’

I just want to clarify that the ‘‘tons of extra, never-before-seen bonus content’’ is actually not that never-before-seen and not that extra, because some of those are definitely included in the movie and the other ones are enjoyable but not extraordinary. All I’m saying is don’t get your hopes up and don’t read this for the ‘‘extra content’’ only, because you WILL cry of anger.

Otherwise, you can get your hopes up and expect to be amused and spend quality time with the characters of Mean Girls.

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