Book Review: Mean Girls

Mean GirlsMean Girls By Micol Ostow

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 304 pages
Published: September 12th 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Plot: 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.

My Thoughts: The moment I heard there was going to be a Mean Girls book I got super excited. I am such a huge fan of the movie, I’ve seen it so many times. I decided I would pick it up from the library because I was using it for a photo challenge. I haven’t really heard much about this but I still thought I’d give it a read. Plus this week the Buzzword Readathon is taking place. The buzzword for the readathon is girl. So I figured why not just read it now especially since it is on my TBR for the month.

Well you guys, I am super disappointed in this book. It honestly is pretty much a word for word retelling of the Mean Girls script. The cover says it’s based on the screenplay but everything that happens in the movie is in this book. I’m pretty sure that everything that is said in the movie is said in this book. I could picture every scene that happened in this book because I’ve seen the movie so many times.

The only thing I really liked about this book is you get the different perspectives from all the characters. I mean you don’t really get too much new information. It’s pretty much information you already knew from watching the movie. It was just really nice to get into everyone’s head at different parts of the story.

I was really upset because I felt like this book could have so much potential. The author could have written about Cady before she moved. I feel it could have been interesting to learn more about her life in Africa. The author could have even written about what happened after the movie. She could have totally made up her own stories and just put the characters from Mean Girls into it.

Overall I have to say I feel you’re just better off watching the movie instead of reading the book. There isn’t really any difference from the movie. I am honestly a bit surprised that the author was able to do this. I am very glad I ended up just borrowing this from the library.


Have you guys read this book? If so did you end up enjoying it? If not do you think you’ll end up picking it up in the future? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Mean Girls

  1. I hadn’t realized there was a Mean Girls book either and I’m kind of disappointed that it’s based on the movie and not the other way around! It sounds like I might be better off re-watching the movie 🙂

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