Saturday, July 10

The Girls by Tucker Shaw

Meet Mary: She’s beautiful, and her ski-star boyfriend is cheating on her.
Meet Crystal: She’s a townie, and she’s cheating with Mary’s boyfriend.
Meet Sylvia: She’s nasty, and she’s got something up her
Prada-designed sleeve.
Meet Amber: She’s a flake, she’s the
barista at the hottest coffee shop in Aspen, and she serves up gossip even hotter than grande skim lattes.
Meet Peggy: She’s Mary’s best friend, and she has no idea how to cope with all these girls.
A modern retelling of the classic play 
The Women (which featured not one male in the cast), The Girls is a quick-witted, stylish comedy about friendship, love, and most important, gossip! An elite Aspen prep school sets the stage for jealousy and intrigue as the lives of many girls tangle into a wickedly fun mess (in which no boys ever appear)
Tucker Shaw's The Girls is based upon the play The Women, which also has a movie version with an all-star cast, FYI. So while I hadn't seen the play, going into The Girls, I had some idea of where the novel was heading. Luckily, The Girls met my expectations and then some. Shaw did a good job of intertwining the girls' individual stories so that they tied together beautifully. Since the novel's less than 200 pages (the actual product description includes the pages of recipes after the novel is over), the tying together of the stories was crucial. 
Intertwining aside, I really enjoyed the novel as a whole. With so many different girls in one novel, you're able to see so many different sides, but instead of having one girl go through so many different emotions and personalities, you instead get to see it through different girls. You see the ambitious girl, the gossip girl (had to go there, sorry), the girl that's misunderstood. I loved that. Granted this isn't Shaw's original idea, Shaw modernizes it well. Shaw somewhat put the spotlight on how much a guy can play into which girl you'll be, and, in turn, which  girl you'll be in respect to other girls. It's kind of mind-boggling, somewhat embarrassing, and definitely a wake up call. 
One minor disappointment- while he wasn't a character, there was a guy in one of the chapters of the book. He was passing through the restaurant during one of the earlier scenes. When I watched The Women, there was not one guy in the entire movie, not even a male extra, so I was kind of hoping for the same here. 
My Ratings:
Plot: B
A great update on a classic story. 
Characters: A
I loved that you could see so many sides through so many different characters.
Cover Art: B
Cute. Plus, since there are no faces shown, it opens up the possibilities of the looks of the characters. 
Length: B
I somewhat wish it could have been longer, but it's still played through well. No strings left untied
A modern YA uptake on a classic, The Girls definitely deserves...
Four Stars!

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