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The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss

The Girls

by Amy Goldman Koss

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Narrated by cast. Maya thought she had the greatest friends in the world: Brianna, Renee, Darcy and their popular, trend-setting leader, Candace. So she has no idea why they have suddenly shunned her and didn't invite her to Darcy's sleepover. Individual narratives presented by each of the girls provide the differing perspectives on the cruelty of middle school girl cliques. When Brianna is shunned by Candace, she, Maya and Renee realize they've been trapped by Candace's pettiness and opinion-swaying and they declare themselves free. In the meantime, Candace has decided to bring Nicole into her inner circle...We see differing perspectives on the Maya situation from each of the girls and see how exclusion and teasing can bring pain to all involved. The least insight I got was about Candace, the one person I would want to understand most about her manipulative ways. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This book is told from the point of view of four different girls in grade seven. It is a realistic portrayal of the challenges and social difficulties young girls face. Reminiscent of Mean Girls, I would recommended this text as a must read for all middle school students-not just girls. ( )
  mmeharvey | Apr 6, 2015 |
It’s rare to get the Mean Girls’ point of view portrayed sensitively. Which makes sense for the victimized target readership — I think most kids feel victimized at some point in middle school. But as a teacher, even as I hate what the bullies are doing, they’re still 12-year-old girls and my heart goes out to them. They’re behaving that way for a reason, and I wonder if it might help to recognize themselves in a book where they can also see their victims’ perspective? (Full review at http://www.parenthetical.net/2011/04/23/review-the-girls-amy-goldman-koss-2000/) ( )
  SamMusher | Mar 30, 2013 |
Maya is a girl who has been ousted out of her group of friends by the desicion of the ringleader, Candance. The other three girls follow suit.

This book is a study of the four girls' feelings when they decide to snub one of their friends based on the whim of the dominant girl. It is a wonderfully written book that is realistic, shows the thought processes of each of the girls, and Ms. Koss does not rely on cliches to get her point across. ( )
  macart3 | Nov 16, 2010 |
In junior high, everything revolves around your friends - your clique. But if what if that clique lets you go? One by one, popularity queen Candace rejects each of her friends for ambiguous reasons, simultaneously branding each as a friendless leper. Koss tells this story of cruelty from the perspective of all five "friends," showing how ruthless the most wealthy, suburban schools can be. Any girl who has dealt with rejection will recognize herself in those whom Candace condemns. Recommended for ages 11-14.

New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teenage List 2001
ALA-YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks
IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award 2001
IRA-YA Choices 2002
2003-2004 Land of Enchantment
2003-2004 Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Minnesota's Children's Choice for grades 3-5 and 6-8)
2003 Garden State Teen Book Awards ( )
  saraherndon | Apr 30, 2010 |
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Maya has been part of the group ever since the day Candace asked her if she wanted to "do lunch" in the cafeteria. Yet when Candace suddenly deems her unworthy, Maya's so-called friends just blow her off. While Maya just wants the girls back like they used to be, she knows that can never happen-because whatever Candace wants, Candace gets, no matter who gets hurt. Maya isn't sure exactly where things went wrong for her, but she knows she has to find out who her real friends are, and who among the girls she can trust.

"[A] suspenseful and realistic portrayal of a popular middle school clique . . . . Readers will identify with and remember these characters." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.

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