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8 YA Books That Give Mean Girls A Whole New Definition

But you’re more than welcome to read with us. Start with this list of YA books that prove mean girls don’t just exist in the lunchroom – from the misunderstood to the questionably evil, everyone’s encountered literary ladies they’d prefer to avoid in the hallway.


Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

If you’re planning on attending an all-night rave in the New York City subway system, avoid going with certain girlfriends whose character you may have questioned in the past.


Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Being exiled from the reigning girl group is tough, and even tougher when they’re seeking revenge on you.


Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

Bullying hurts in whatever form it comes in, but finding out the face behind the deed adds a deeper sting.


The Merciless by Danielle Vega

True horror is when the “nice” girls decide to perform an exorcism on their classmate that’s less like salvation and more like torture.


Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

Toxic friendships can still make life intoxicating…until they push you too close to the edge.


Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

You can’t trust anyone when someone’s haunting you and your BFFs with blackmail, secrets, lies, and manipulation.


The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

Everything becomes a lot more complicated when it’s your sister who may or may not be mean-girling you.


The List by Siobhan Vivian

Even if no one knows where it comes from, all it takes is a list singling out the physical appearance of girls each year to destroy how these high schoolers see themselves.





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