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They're not the most popular freshmen at their Florida prep school, but at least everyone knows their name(s). The Brittanys. Brittany Rosenberg: drives her golf cart around her subdivision to meet boys. Brittany Gottlieb: insists you can't lose your virginity if you haven't gotten your period. (She heard it somewhere!) Brittany Tomassi: is from New York. Brittany Jensen: once They're not the most popular freshmen at their Florida prep school, but at least everyone knows their name(s). The Brittanys. Brittany Rosenberg: drives her golf cart around her subdivision to meet boys. Brittany Gottlieb: insists you can't lose your virginity if you haven't gotten your period. (She heard it somewhere!) Brittany Tomassi: is from New York. Brittany Jensen: once threw her tampon into a stranger's swimming pool. A brash, bold, unapologetic tomboy. And the greatest person in the whole wide world. At least as far as the fifth Brittany--our narrator--is concerned. Even within their friend group, she and Jensen are a duo: with their matching JanSport backpacks, Tiffany chokers, and Victoria's Secret push-up bras, they are unstoppable. And now that they're finally growing up, they're going to do everything: dye their hair, attend no-parent parties, try pot . . . maybe even lose their virginities. 2004 is totally going to be their year! Except Jensen's interests may be diverging from her friends'. And within our narrator's own family--in the lives of her exhausted mother and beloved, genius older brother--life-changing events may be taking shape. Events that only years later, looking back, she has the perspective to see.


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They're not the most popular freshmen at their Florida prep school, but at least everyone knows their name(s). The Brittanys. Brittany Rosenberg: drives her golf cart around her subdivision to meet boys. Brittany Gottlieb: insists you can't lose your virginity if you haven't gotten your period. (She heard it somewhere!) Brittany Tomassi: is from New York. Brittany Jensen: once They're not the most popular freshmen at their Florida prep school, but at least everyone knows their name(s). The Brittanys. Brittany Rosenberg: drives her golf cart around her subdivision to meet boys. Brittany Gottlieb: insists you can't lose your virginity if you haven't gotten your period. (She heard it somewhere!) Brittany Tomassi: is from New York. Brittany Jensen: once threw her tampon into a stranger's swimming pool. A brash, bold, unapologetic tomboy. And the greatest person in the whole wide world. At least as far as the fifth Brittany--our narrator--is concerned. Even within their friend group, she and Jensen are a duo: with their matching JanSport backpacks, Tiffany chokers, and Victoria's Secret push-up bras, they are unstoppable. And now that they're finally growing up, they're going to do everything: dye their hair, attend no-parent parties, try pot . . . maybe even lose their virginities. 2004 is totally going to be their year! Except Jensen's interests may be diverging from her friends'. And within our narrator's own family--in the lives of her exhausted mother and beloved, genius older brother--life-changing events may be taking shape. Events that only years later, looking back, she has the perspective to see.

30 review for The Brittanys

  1. 4 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    32% and I’m out. I’m not sure if it’s because I just don’t relate (I was a B-crowd/did my own thing leader type who graduated high school in the 90’s), or if it’s summer and I’m a teacher and I feel like I’m taking my work home with me. Either way, the Brittany’s aren’t grabbing my attention. I do acknowledge and appreciate the ARC from the publisher and Netgalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Reeder

    I received an early ARC from Netgalley. I couldn’t put this one down! The author’s writing reminded me a lot of Curtis Sittenfeld’s writing. It was smart, honest and nostalgic. The Brittany’s is one everyone should read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Audrey (Warped Shelves)

    This review is based on an ARC of The Brittanys, which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Knopf Doubleday/Vintage). "Back then, my life felt like it was about to start, not yet at the important part, but now I wish I had been mindful of the world around me and noticed it as much as possible. I wish I had found joy in that instead of rushing through it." I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting when I started this novel. Angsty teenage antics, for sure, but beyond that, I was an This review is based on an ARC of The Brittanys, which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Knopf Doubleday/Vintage). "Back then, my life felt like it was about to start, not yet at the important part, but now I wish I had been mindful of the world around me and noticed it as much as possible. I wish I had found joy in that instead of rushing through it." I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting when I started this novel. Angsty teenage antics, for sure, but beyond that, I was an open book to this book (har har). The cover drew me in; the idea of a cliqué of Brittanys had me hooked. Unfortunately, "The Brittanys" aren't nearly as much of a feature in this story as I had hoped. We see two, occasionally three, and very rarely all five of the Brittanys together at any time. For a book supposedly about the titular cliqué, I was expecting a lot more group activity and was disappointed by the lack thereof. Now, for an early-2000s-centric story, the author hits the mark... Quite hard... Perhaps a little blatantly... Don't get me wrong: I loved the aesthetic; I loved the vibes. But it seems that the worldbuilding consists mainly of heavy-handed brand-dropping and pop culture references. This method suits the materialistic 14-year-old narrator, but it felt a little tedious. On the subject of tedium: oh, my lord, how dull the tone of this book is. You'd think, for such a spirited narrator, that her words wouldn't come across so monotone, but oh, how they do. Even despite the ninth grade dramatics (trés repetitive and always, ultimately, inconsequential, by the way), the narration remains drab, unaffected. Fabulously nostalgic and relatable as The Brittanys is, I can't help but feel that this story is purely a leisure read. There's nothing to make you think (at least as far as comparing this to a classic or nonfiction might go). Not that easy, readable, girly fluff is a problem. In fact, for me, right now, this book hit the spot. I couldn't put it down; I was up into the wee hours of the night (er, nine o'clock). So this isn't the best book ever written. Whatever. I still loved it while it lasted! POPSUGAR 2021 Reading Challenge: a book published in 2021

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Despite a rolodex-worthy number of friends, many of whom I am still in touch with if not remain close to, I was never popular in high school. Or, more accurately, what’s considered popular – which is to say I wasn’t an athlete or rich kid or drug dealer. I was the president of the band and orchestra, for fuck’s sake; popularity, as it was defined then (and perhaps continues to be defined today), was never of great importance to me. That’s not to say I didn’t want to fit in. Sure, I embraced my w Despite a rolodex-worthy number of friends, many of whom I am still in touch with if not remain close to, I was never popular in high school. Or, more accurately, what’s considered popular – which is to say I wasn’t an athlete or rich kid or drug dealer. I was the president of the band and orchestra, for fuck’s sake; popularity, as it was defined then (and perhaps continues to be defined today), was never of great importance to me. That’s not to say I didn’t want to fit in. Sure, I embraced my weirdness, expressed my creative side through both music and words (I was also an editor on my school’s newspaper – NERD ALERT!), but I still tried to look the part of someone other than a social outcast. I was into whatever sneakers were in vogue (still am, actually), wore white ball caps of teams of which I had no rooting interest (I’ve since switched to more colorful hats of teams which I adore). In this respect I blended in, letting my extracurricular activities define my identity more so than my appearance. This was mostly by design. I saw how cruel others could be to those who dressed differently in addition to acting so. Moreover, having been blessed with a last name such as mine I had already experienced the nastiness kids demonstrate when provided such low-hanging fruit as “Peabody.” Luckily by high school, my fellow students had evolved in their malice, allowing one Matt “Pee on your body” to assimilate quietly and without issue. Mostly, anyway. And yet by this point of adolescence myself and all of my friends had been unofficially assigned their respective labels. We spent our time either trying to play our roles to a tee or do whatever it took to shed them. I was more than okay with being a “band geek,” just as my best friend growing up was more than okay with being a “golfer,” as well as another longtime friend being known as “the one who smoked during lunch.” (Miss you, Eric.) At my ten-year high school reunion, these labels returned – but only in part. Only a chosen few referenced them, that chosen few being those who were considered popular back in the day. To me, it was clear they were still trying to hang on to whatever glory high school had provided; it seemed as if they had been trying to sustain their popularity a decade later. It was sad, if not somewhat pathetic. But then again, I didn’t much care for high school. Yet one need not be a fan of their high school days to be one of Brittany Ackerman’s full-length debut, The Brittanys. In fact, I’d argue you’d be better off having not enjoyed your high school years. For if you’re someone such as I am and disliked those times due to their lack of perspective and insight, you’ll understand just what Ackerman is selling with her story of friendship and the superficialities which so often plague them. Then again, maybe not. Full disclosure: I wasn’t sure what to think of The Brittanys upon its onset. But what felt at first like a romanticization of rich white kid privilege later became subtly satirical, all but poking fun at the aforementioned privileges experienced by its titular characters. This is driven mostly by the honesty of its narrator – named Brittany, duh! – as she leads us on her journey from adolescence to young adulthood. Our narrator is one of five Brittanys in her school, a fact that seems gimmicky, if not unnecessary, initially; the first third of The Brittanys was dedicated more to establishing the friendship between the novel’s protagonist and her best friend, Brittany Jensen, while their three remaining namesakes floated peripherally. And while the duo’s relationship is ultimately the novel’s primary focus, the three other Brittanys – Rosenberg, Gottleib, and Tomassi – aren’t simply fringe characters. They’re integral to the trivialities synonymous with high school. Because what represents high school better than frivolous friendships? I often think back to the stupid spats in which my friends and I would find ourselves, how insignificant they seem today juxtaposed with how important – better still, life-altering – they seemed then. Perspective is everything, and I know I was certainly one who lacked it throughout my teen years. Most of us did. And this is why at the end of the day I found The Brittanys enjoyable, although it helps too that I was in desperate need of a “light read.” The petty arguments, the incessant outfit organization, the fretting over test grades, the crushes, the rushes, the gushes – it’s all there. Just as it was all there for many of us who experienced high school. The Brittanys never takes itself too seriously, nor does it go too over-the-top relaying its message. Is it a bit too nostalgic? Perhaps. But who doesn’t get nostalgic when reflecting on their teen years? Even if those teen years were mostly worth forgetting? My friends and I certainly do. While I’d rather not relive high school, I still find myself in conversations about it, be it poking fun at the popular bros still holding onto their glory for dear life, be it the passing of a teacher we all had and most of us loved, be it the sheer frivolous nature we exhibited then and long for now, be it our own children assuming the torch we’ve passed down to them. It will never escape me. And yet I am okay with it because I am okay with who I am today. Long ago it may have been, it took those growing pains of high school to get to this place. And it takes fun, fatuous reads such as Brittany Ackerman’s The Brittanys to keep things in perspective, to show us just how small one’s world can be at fifteen, and just how large a world it becomes once those years have not only been lived but put behind us.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt Chisling (MattyandtheBooks)

    Somewhere between CLUELESS, PEN 15, and SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS lies The Brittanys, the novel by Brittany Ackerman that takes the frivolity of girlhood and teeny bopper culture perfectly seriously. THE BRITTANYS tells the story of a group of friends that just so happens to include five girls all named Brittany – something not impossible for Boca Raton in 2004. One Brittany is a little bit posh, one’s a little bit of a baby, one’s a bit sporty – but unlike the entirely distinct Spice Gi Somewhere between CLUELESS, PEN 15, and SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS lies The Brittanys, the novel by Brittany Ackerman that takes the frivolity of girlhood and teeny bopper culture perfectly seriously. THE BRITTANYS tells the story of a group of friends that just so happens to include five girls all named Brittany – something not impossible for Boca Raton in 2004. One Brittany is a little bit posh, one’s a little bit of a baby, one’s a bit sporty – but unlike the entirely distinct Spice Girls, these Brittanys are recognized for their sameness, not what makes them unique. The story is told through the eyes of one Brittany – who’s relationship to her bestie gets strained. Over the course of the year, these fourteen-year-old Florida freshmen (freshwomen?) discover the perks and pitfalls of growing up, outgrowing your friends, and growing a world view of your own. Brittany Ackerman’s first novel is a treat for those looking for a nostalgic trip down memory lane. As someone who was born in the 90s – and therefore grew up in the 2000s – was immediately drawn to Ackerman’s vivid portrait of prettiness, pettiness, and popularity that dominated the social scene of the privileged few. It’s a piece of historical fiction from a time that is both a minute and a lifetime ago. And while there’s lots to laugh with (or at) in the pages of this book, the treatment on the page is literary and grounded. Because it’s fundamentally a story of the power of friendship, and the ways that we outgrow our friends, the book is filled with drama that is both incredibly trivial – and yet stunningly serious in the way that teenage drama does feel like the end of the world. The story takes primarily in the past, but with flashes forward to our narrator Brittany fifteen years in the future (so, more or less today). Like the main character, this novel enables us to be nostalgic, a little flippant about our past selves, but also a little sad about remembering how simple life was when you had your whole life ahead of you – before things were spoiled. The story is subtle; for me, what I loved was the way that details that teenage Brittany blatantly ignored that we, as adults, would obviously know would affect development in a deep and real way. It’s almost like playing a game of I Spy with your own memories. Don’t be surprised if this story makes you think about your past just a little bit harder afterward. A beachy read with heart, zest, and a brain to back it. THE BRITTANYS is out now. Thank you Vintage Books for my gifted copy in exchange for an honest review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    THE BRITTANYS is an indulgent book without a plot that never needed to be published. Though well-written, THE BRITTANYS is merely a slice of life about high school freshmen going through the growing pains of privileged, wealthy white girl. The drama, mean-girls, exploration of dating, drugs and sex in 2004 will be familiar to readers, a sense of nostalgia to those with similar experiences. I hoped for a story more campy like CLUELESS or more insightful, or with a plot at least. Brittany Ackerman THE BRITTANYS is an indulgent book without a plot that never needed to be published. Though well-written, THE BRITTANYS is merely a slice of life about high school freshmen going through the growing pains of privileged, wealthy white girl. The drama, mean-girls, exploration of dating, drugs and sex in 2004 will be familiar to readers, a sense of nostalgia to those with similar experiences. I hoped for a story more campy like CLUELESS or more insightful, or with a plot at least. Brittany Ackerman can wordbuild engaging sentences, but that’s not enough for a decent book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Vasey

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book. DNF-40%. As excited as I was for this confection about a group of friends all with the same name, I had a hard time figuring out what the point of the story was. The narrator wasn’t a very engaging voice and I struggled with the “look back, but forward” parts in italics. It took awhile to figure out how these sidebars really fit into the story. I love me some fun, fluffy reads, but this one just didn’t click for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Laguna

    Brittany Ackerman is my spirit animal and I felt this story in my bones. As I was reading my Kindle kept warning me that it was going to die. And it did, right after I highlighted the last sentence in the author’s note. Fate. This the story of the Brittanys--but it is especially the story of Jensen and the unnamed narrator--and their navigation through freshman year. This story spoke to my soul and brought back so many feelings, so many memories and I highlighted line after line after line. "We'r Brittany Ackerman is my spirit animal and I felt this story in my bones. As I was reading my Kindle kept warning me that it was going to die. And it did, right after I highlighted the last sentence in the author’s note. Fate. This the story of the Brittanys--but it is especially the story of Jensen and the unnamed narrator--and their navigation through freshman year. This story spoke to my soul and brought back so many feelings, so many memories and I highlighted line after line after line. "We're girls and we want what girls want, have what girls have, do what girls do." "We've got that small freedom, and we're riding with it, until we both, inevitably, get into trouble." "Sometimes it feels like no one is watching us, the way we find ourselves in spots to make our own decisions. But it also feels like we're too young to do so, even though it's all we want...." "Parties are happening everywhere. Girls are fighting, getting their hearts broken, and doing all the things they're not supposed to do." Honestly this book just felt like a love letter to my teenage self. The writing was beautiful and magical and reminded me of how very hard it is to be fifteen.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krissy (books_and_biceps9155)

    “They're not the most popular freshmen at their Florida prep school, but at least everyone knows their name(s). The Brittanys. “ A novel that captures what it is to be a teenage girl and all the life changing events that shape you. Thoughts: Do you remember 9th grade? I do, like it was yesterday. Ackerman captures the incandescent and hilarity of growing up a teenager in 2004. With impassive and uncompromising prose, she puts her heart on her sleeve with discipline and honesty. I really enjoyed “They're not the most popular freshmen at their Florida prep school, but at least everyone knows their name(s). The Brittanys. “ A novel that captures what it is to be a teenage girl and all the life changing events that shape you. Thoughts: Do you remember 9th grade? I do, like it was yesterday. Ackerman captures the incandescent and hilarity of growing up a teenager in 2004. With impassive and uncompromising prose, she puts her heart on her sleeve with discipline and honesty. I really enjoyed the “future” passages where she provides future insight to minor/major characters adding a personal touch which my curious brain appreciated. I just really felt all of her emotions as I too, went through all of the things she did. It felt like listening to my childhood self and friends talk (minus the Uber rich factor as well as everything being done for me) about the experiences and situations they faced. Being young is tough. This shows you all the growing pains teenage girls have.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    The Brittanys was like stepping back into my preteen/teenage years. The smell of Victoria’s Secret PINK body spray cannot escape my brain but this book provided a sweet step into memory lane. This novel kept me captivated and reminded me of a life that I once lived. Our book opens up by diving into the relationship between Brittany and Jensen. We really get to see the closeness of two teenage girls and what it’s like to have your one best friend. But with the same breath, Ackerman displays how q The Brittanys was like stepping back into my preteen/teenage years. The smell of Victoria’s Secret PINK body spray cannot escape my brain but this book provided a sweet step into memory lane. This novel kept me captivated and reminded me of a life that I once lived. Our book opens up by diving into the relationship between Brittany and Jensen. We really get to see the closeness of two teenage girls and what it’s like to have your one best friend. But with the same breath, Ackerman displays how quickly life for a teenager goes. Hormones are flooding teenage brains at such a rate that yesterday’s drama can feel like it was light years away. The pacing is fast but overall quite enjoyable. The only things that stood out to me were the italicized inserts of a later Brittany reflecting upon these moments. They seemed a bit random but did provide some closure however they could have executed differently. The dialogue was also odd at moments. Teens aren’t known for their riveting conversations but sometimes the conversations between characters were just very one-lined and silly. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to someone who is looking for a taste of overly perfumed 2000’s nostalgia. I definitely got a mature The Clique meets Pretty Little Liars (without the murder) vibes, and I loved it. THANK YOU TO NETGALLEY FOR LETTING ME READ THIS NOVEL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Jensen

    There is so much to love about The Brittanys. I flew through this book in just a few hours and could not put it down. I didn’t grow up in the same place, circles, lifestyle as this group of teens, but I found myself enthralled by their antics anyway. A collective of girls who share the same namesake are drawn together through the typical workings of high school, and this book follows them through the eyes of one Brittany as she discovers herself—learning who she imagines herself to be, how other There is so much to love about The Brittanys. I flew through this book in just a few hours and could not put it down. I didn’t grow up in the same place, circles, lifestyle as this group of teens, but I found myself enthralled by their antics anyway. A collective of girls who share the same namesake are drawn together through the typical workings of high school, and this book follows them through the eyes of one Brittany as she discovers herself—learning who she imagines herself to be, how others see her, and who she really truly becomes by the end of the novel. The two “main” Brittanys (narrator and Jensen) share an unrivaled bond, and it becomes clear from page one that this friendship is something special. Ackerman does an excellent job of pacing this novel. Each interaction bleeds into the next party, the next hangout, the next adventure between these two best (but wildly different) friends and the other Brittanys of their high school class. Interestingly, Ackerman layers in a post-teen voice that gives the reader a further heightened sense of nostalgia. We learn about the Brittanys in their future as well as their shared pasts, which is something so rarely done in such a successful way (no page breaks, no new chapter with a new POV, simply there and ready for the reader to consume). But what shines the most for me in this book is that in real life we may see groups exactly like the Brittanys, teenage girls experimenting with makeup, hairstyles, fashion, drugs, alcohol, their bodies, their sexualities, and be so quick to unfairly judge. The Brittanys gives a window into the realities of living the experience—the anxiety of lying to our parents, the anticipation of seeing a crush the next day at school, the worry over breaking up with a friend and maybe never getting things back to the way they were before, the desperation of wanting to be grown up, and the fear of doing it all too soon. There is more to The Brittanys than just high school, boys, and makeup. It’s a coming of age novel, a nostalgic flashback to the early 2000s, and a revelation that just because we dress up and act mature does not always mean we’re ready for the real world. Brittany Ackerman is a skilled and dedicated writer who will continue to do brilliant things. I can’t wait to read more!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Q: Do you like to read more than one book at once? __ The Brittanys Brittany Ackerman #arcreview Pub Date: 6/15/21 __ This is a coming of age story of a group of girls from West Florida who were bonded in elementary school by sharing the same name. This book explores so much of the drama, sex and relationships, evolutions of friendships and falling out of them from high. I feel like I was looking in a mirror  throughout this book. I made so many of these mistakes and did these silly things to get boys t Q: Do you like to read more than one book at once? __ The Brittanys Brittany Ackerman #arcreview Pub Date: 6/15/21 __ This is a coming of age story of a group of girls from West Florida who were bonded in elementary school by sharing the same name. This book explores so much of the drama, sex and relationships, evolutions of friendships and falling out of them from high. I feel like I was looking in a mirror  throughout this book. I made so many of these mistakes and did these silly things to get boys to like me or look at me. I admit it took me well into my 20s to stop. I felt like this was me growing up in Napa having my group but trying to fit in everywhere and trying everything. Omg I even had someone walk up to me and call me a whore. I did not know he was dating her! High school is rough add in raging hormones, peer pressure, drugs, sex, oh ya I guess homework, it gets way harder. Honestly I think high school is a social test that is designed to torture or turn you into a narcissist. Just a thesis I have been working on. My in-laws live in Boynton Beach and when we visit we travel all around so I can envision these mini mansions and all these places described not to mention all the references to the brands from the 2000s. This is a definitely nostalgic blast back to the early 2000s. Thank you @vintageanchorbooks and @netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Michael

    Perfect summer read! Few books have stirred up nostalgia to this level. This one was a slower read for me as I stopped multiple times and let the scenes and feelings sit with me for a day or two. This allowed memories and (even more so) feelings about being a preteen/teen in the early 2000s to emerge. You didn’t have to have gone to a prep school, been popular, or even have known 5 Brittanys to have felt your inner teen heart. The feelings of growing , changing, discovering who you are in the wo Perfect summer read! Few books have stirred up nostalgia to this level. This one was a slower read for me as I stopped multiple times and let the scenes and feelings sit with me for a day or two. This allowed memories and (even more so) feelings about being a preteen/teen in the early 2000s to emerge. You didn’t have to have gone to a prep school, been popular, or even have known 5 Brittanys to have felt your inner teen heart. The feelings of growing , changing, discovering who you are in the world are universal at that age. We all had family or friends that we clung to for dear life, who were vital to us then. Some are still by my side, some I haven’t even spoken to in the past decade. Its humbling and emotionally freeing to be able to look back on that time with the perspective I have now. Thanks Brittany for conjuring some magic that even made me dream of days at the mall with friends again :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Roesel

    One of most hotly anticipated and hyped novels this summer is debut author, Brittany Ackerman's, THE BRITTANYS (Vintage). You'll find yourself looking back to those high school years and literally cringing ... in a good way? Remember how important it was to be in the most popular clique? I do. In ninth-grade it was who you are and in THE BRITTANYS they're not the most popular freshmen at their Florida prep school, but at least everyone knows their name(s). The Brittanys. Brittany Rosenberg: drives One of most hotly anticipated and hyped novels this summer is debut author, Brittany Ackerman's, THE BRITTANYS (Vintage). You'll find yourself looking back to those high school years and literally cringing ... in a good way? Remember how important it was to be in the most popular clique? I do. In ninth-grade it was who you are and in THE BRITTANYS they're not the most popular freshmen at their Florida prep school, but at least everyone knows their name(s). The Brittanys. Brittany Rosenberg: drives her golf cart around her subdivision to meet boys. Brittany Gottlieb: insists you can't lose your virginity if you haven't gotten your period. (She heard it somewhere!) Brittany Tomassi: is from New York. Brittany Jensen: once threw her tampon into a stranger's swimming pool. A brash, bold, unapologetic tomboy. And the greatest person in the whole wide world. At least as far as the fifth Brittany--our narrator--is concerned. Even within their friend group, she and Jensen are a duo: with their matching JanSport backpacks, Tiffany chokers, and Victoria's Secret push-up bras, they are unstoppable. And now that they're finally growing up, they're going to do everything: dye their hair, attend no-parent parties, try pot . . . maybe even lose their virginities. 2004 is totally going to be their year! But as is with friendships in ninth grade, they come and go. Your bestest, best friend today, may be just a memory tomorrow. Sometimes perspective from afar is the best way to find out what is important and real. Ackerman's novel took me back all those many years to ninth grade when everything was SO important. The here and now was ALL that was relevant. Boys, clothes were all we thought about and much hasn't changed. Ackerman's novel for me was a blessing to realize I'm so way over that crap.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caroline David

    I absolutely felt like I was back in high school and I kind of loved it. It was super nostalgic feeling, especially with the friend group dynamics (ours, thankfully, were a lot less dramatic). I love the cover. I loved the writing. Brittany Ackerman is officially on a list of authors I will read more from. Love her so much! This book was EVERYTHING.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. In terms of readability this book was great, but I just didn't care about the characters. Maybe if I weren't so far removed from my high school days? I think the author did a great job of capturing the fears and emotions that come along with being in high school. The friend drama, the boy/girl drama, etc. And even though the characters were affluent I didn't feel like that overshadowed the over Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. In terms of readability this book was great, but I just didn't care about the characters. Maybe if I weren't so far removed from my high school days? I think the author did a great job of capturing the fears and emotions that come along with being in high school. The friend drama, the boy/girl drama, etc. And even though the characters were affluent I didn't feel like that overshadowed the overall story presented. So I would say that if the book piques you interest then pick it up and read it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to tell people they have to pick it up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was essentially a case study of early 2000s rich girl middle school. The plot was meandering and the entertainment value was on the low end for me personally.

  18. 5 out of 5

    AsiahMae

    Admittedly at first, I didn’t think I would like this book. It felt like a bunch of privileged white girls doing the things they did without consequences, which essentially it is. But the more I read, the more I realized that I knew these girls; I KNOW these girls. I grew up with them, held their hair back while they puked at parties, slept over their houses, passed phones back and forth while blushing, listening to teen boys say things to us that we weren’t really sure how to take.. Maybe we di Admittedly at first, I didn’t think I would like this book. It felt like a bunch of privileged white girls doing the things they did without consequences, which essentially it is. But the more I read, the more I realized that I knew these girls; I KNOW these girls. I grew up with them, held their hair back while they puked at parties, slept over their houses, passed phones back and forth while blushing, listening to teen boys say things to us that we weren’t really sure how to take.. Maybe we didn’t have the same kind of money, but we had the same experiences, the same expectations. We figured things out in the same ways, and we had the same crazy, unexplainable friendships that were once everything until they became nothing. This is the book for girls on the cusp of womanhood, not too ready yo leave girlhood but still figuring it out. This book says “It’s ok, we’ve all been there. You’re going to survive.”. This book wasn’t about the Brittany’s; it was about us. Those of us in 2004, who thought we knew but now know we knew nothing; we still know nothing, but at least we can laugh about it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kellie Butler

    The author absolutely remembers what it was like to be a teen girl. I am a mental health therapist who often works with teens and I can tell you that these characters are spot on. The writing is vivid and the characters feel very real, sometimes painfully so. This story really brought me back in time. It’s a good read overall and was entertaining. I enjoy authors that focus on female relationships and what it’s like for teen girls to try to grow up. Thanks for doing the female experience some ju The author absolutely remembers what it was like to be a teen girl. I am a mental health therapist who often works with teens and I can tell you that these characters are spot on. The writing is vivid and the characters feel very real, sometimes painfully so. This story really brought me back in time. It’s a good read overall and was entertaining. I enjoy authors that focus on female relationships and what it’s like for teen girls to try to grow up. Thanks for doing the female experience some justice.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Steele

    This book is not what I expected, which may be why I didn't enjoy it very much. It reads like a teen girl's diary with some footnotes here and there where the author lets us know what's happened to these people in the present. I guess I was expecting more of a story line and less of a memoir about growing up as a teen in the early 2000's with tons of brand-name drops. Just wasn't my cup of tea. Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for the ARC! This book is not what I expected, which may be why I didn't enjoy it very much. It reads like a teen girl's diary with some footnotes here and there where the author lets us know what's happened to these people in the present. I guess I was expecting more of a story line and less of a memoir about growing up as a teen in the early 2000's with tons of brand-name drops. Just wasn't my cup of tea. Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for the ARC!

  21. 5 out of 5

    talia ♡

    woohoo!! thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book based on the fact that it was about a group of girls all named Brittany. I grew up in the 80s and 90s and my name is Heather. To say there were a few other girls with my name is an understatement. Once I began the book I was glad I had requested it. The Brittanys is about being fifteen. It reads as a journal or diary of one of the girls has been published with a few insights added from the adult author int I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book based on the fact that it was about a group of girls all named Brittany. I grew up in the 80s and 90s and my name is Heather. To say there were a few other girls with my name is an understatement. Once I began the book I was glad I had requested it. The Brittanys is about being fifteen. It reads as a journal or diary of one of the girls has been published with a few insights added from the adult author interspersed later. This is done in italics and it was a bit confusing at first. Maybe footnotes would be better? I was expecting more group antics and possibly hearing other POVs, but the heart of this story is about how at fifteen you sometimes realize the person you thought was your BFF might not be your BFF forever. As adults we forget how exciting life can feel as a teenager. How all the emotions are oversized and how friends are your entire world. While this story was about a white, wealthy, female I do think the underlying feelings of insecurity can be universal. Were these girls extremely fortunate to not have to deal with real life issues? Absolutely. However, at one point we learn the narrator's brother has been abusing pills and it comes as a shock to her. Though a few times she mentions behavior that I immediately marked as him having issues with substances. Teens are usually wrapped up in themselves and their friend group. The narrator not noticing this should not be a surprise. I thought the author wrote teens well. I have a fifteen year old daughter right now. It is a tumultuous time. As adults we have to remember the world is still new to them and they are trying to figure out how to navigate it all on their own. To me the most annoying character was how the narrator's mom was written. At one point she sets up a sleepover at a friend's house for her daughter without consulting her. Another time she talks an older boy into inviting her daughter and the daughter's friend to a party. No. Just no. No mom is interfering that much in her teen's social life. If the mom had seemed more like she was trying to be the "cool mom" ala Amy Poehler in Mean Girls this might feel right, but here it just came across as weird. Overall if you want to be transported back to your teen years for a little while this book is for you. I did not relate to the situations our MC found herself in, but I absolutely remembered the feelings she experiences. If you do not like reading the inner workings of an adolescent's mind then skip this one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    The Brittanys by Brittany Ackerman. Thanks to @vintageanchor for my gifted copy #partner ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Brittanys may not be the most popular in their wealthy private school, but at least everyone knows their names. Our narrator is a Brittany and narrates her experience in school and drifting apart from her best friend, another Brittany. This book reads like a diary with the gossip and day to day high school activity. Nothing is held back, the narrator is very honest and real about her life. I loved The Brittanys by Brittany Ackerman. Thanks to @vintageanchor for my gifted copy #partner ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Brittanys may not be the most popular in their wealthy private school, but at least everyone knows their names. Our narrator is a Brittany and narrates her experience in school and drifting apart from her best friend, another Brittany. This book reads like a diary with the gossip and day to day high school activity. Nothing is held back, the narrator is very honest and real about her life. I loved the italicized sentences of the narrator looking back as an adult; it’s almost like footnotes on the diary that she wrote after the fact. This allowed us to know what happened to the key player and how they fared as adults, which we don’t usually get with these type reads. I’m still a bit unsure if it’s completely fictionalized or not, but it’s still an interesting story regardless. This was definitely a character driven read. Nothing super exciting happens, but it is so true to life to what it feels like to be a 14-15 year old navigating the shark infested waters of high school. “I don’t think being boy crazy is a bad thing. It’s what we all talk about all the time. Our purpose for getting dolled up and coming to school each day is that a boy might like us and kiss us, talk to us, ask us to go on a date to the movies or to walk around the mall or to go to the park in his neighborhood and lie in bed with him until he tells you you’re beautiful.” The Brittanys comes out 6/15.

  24. 5 out of 5

    The Sub Librarian

    Thanks to NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In this coming-of-age novel, we follow the lives of 5 friends (all named Brittany) as they enter puberty. Their thoughts are filled with boys, first kisses, menstrual cycles, sex and drugs. As I read this book I couldn’t help but think of my own daughter, currently 8. To be honest, I was horrified to think that at the age of 15 she will have to deal with what these girls struggled with. Maybe I led a sheltered life or Thanks to NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In this coming-of-age novel, we follow the lives of 5 friends (all named Brittany) as they enter puberty. Their thoughts are filled with boys, first kisses, menstrual cycles, sex and drugs. As I read this book I couldn’t help but think of my own daughter, currently 8. To be honest, I was horrified to think that at the age of 15 she will have to deal with what these girls struggled with. Maybe I led a sheltered life or maybe my high school days are just that far in the past, but my teenage years were not like this. Sure we talked about boys and periods and bras, but sex, drinking and drugs were not included. Not at 14 and 15 anyway. Lol With all that being said, it held my interest. In a lot of ways it reminded me of the movie The Sandlot, only with girls. The narration the author uses to update the reader of where these characters are today is spoken in such a way that I could hear “At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went outside to play together for the last time and nobody knew it”

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Kumanchik

    Angst, heartbreak, friendship, sex, and drugs--The Brittanys puts the reader into the mindset of a teenage girl living a privileged life in Florida with her best friends, all named Brittany. We follow these characters and their interactions as they experience their antics and drama, going to parties, meeting boys, dying their hair, and dealing with siblings. It’s a wild ride told by one of the Brittany’s as she relives being fifteen. Not just a YA novel, the reader becomes fifteen again, laughing, Angst, heartbreak, friendship, sex, and drugs--The Brittanys puts the reader into the mindset of a teenage girl living a privileged life in Florida with her best friends, all named Brittany. We follow these characters and their interactions as they experience their antics and drama, going to parties, meeting boys, dying their hair, and dealing with siblings. It’s a wild ride told by one of the Brittany’s as she relives being fifteen. Not just a YA novel, the reader becomes fifteen again, laughing, crying, and cringing with the protagonist as she experiences friendship, dating, parties, and tight relationships among girlfriends. The reader is immersed in these teenagers’ lives and how they change throughout the book with their experiences. I especially liked the main character’s reflections and future revelations of characters and how they turned out as adults. It’s a great summer read, and I thank NetGalley for allowing me to review it. #The Brittanys #NetGalley #teenreads #YA

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cori

    Oh man. #newadult #knopfdoubledaypublishinggroup #thebrittanys #brittanyackerman I finished this one last night and had to sleep with my thoughts. This will be a book you love or hate. I don’t think there is a middle ground. Imagine your fifteen again. Worried about boys. Fashion. Periods. Popularity. First kiss. That’s what we have with this group of girls. Two of them are very best friends. We have the main character who narrates to us things that happen in her daily life and her POV on the di Oh man. #newadult #knopfdoubledaypublishinggroup #thebrittanys #brittanyackerman I finished this one last night and had to sleep with my thoughts. This will be a book you love or hate. I don’t think there is a middle ground. Imagine your fifteen again. Worried about boys. Fashion. Periods. Popularity. First kiss. That’s what we have with this group of girls. Two of them are very best friends. We have the main character who narrates to us things that happen in her daily life and her POV on the different Brittanys. What I did like and wish we maybe had explored more was we get a glimpse - like #wherearetheynow and while it was neat to see what happened to someone I was left feeling somewhat incomplete. I’m still unsure of my feelings 🙈 however. It did make me think. And. Take me back. To being fifteen. #neveragain #highschool #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #netgalley #bookreview #readingtime #netgalleyreviewer

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juliann

    it was ok, a bland little beach read, that didn't require a lot of thought or paying attention. But in the end somewhat unsatisfying; it was like reading a spoiled brat's blog with comments from an older version of the spoiled brat who still doesn't get it. I kept hoping older Brittany would turn out to have grown up but she's still a 14 year old in a 30 year old's body. And still clueless about the world except through what she sees on social media. she tells us about her old classmate's Facebo it was ok, a bland little beach read, that didn't require a lot of thought or paying attention. But in the end somewhat unsatisfying; it was like reading a spoiled brat's blog with comments from an older version of the spoiled brat who still doesn't get it. I kept hoping older Brittany would turn out to have grown up but she's still a 14 year old in a 30 year old's body. And still clueless about the world except through what she sees on social media. she tells us about her old classmate's Facebook profile photos, as if that means something. I couldn't relate to these spoiled brats, and oh, Lord, I wanted to slap everyone in this book at least once, including the parents. Now I understand how we ended up with an entire generation who thinks the world owes them everything. My parents taught me cry me a river, you and your friend are wearing the same designer perfume, what a disaster.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Mcconnell

    I dont know how to put into words how i feel about this book.. 1st off i thought it was going to be a angst teenage book about a group of 5 Brittanys and high-school. Really its about 1 sometimes 2 of the Brittanys and the one ones here just there sometimes they aren't really a group. But they are freshman and the only thing the narrator can think about is boys. Sex, kissing, boys,periods, weed, boys, weed... I think you see the pattern. Like nothing happen I really wanted to enjoy this book but I I dont know how to put into words how i feel about this book.. 1st off i thought it was going to be a angst teenage book about a group of 5 Brittanys and high-school. Really its about 1 sometimes 2 of the Brittanys and the one ones here just there sometimes they aren't really a group. But they are freshman and the only thing the narrator can think about is boys. Sex, kissing, boys,periods, weed, boys, weed... I think you see the pattern. Like nothing happen I really wanted to enjoy this book but I really didn't care for it. I was going to DNF it but since it was a arc I didn't want to but I just didn't care for it especially each chapter was a differbt boy. I just don't remember freshman year or high-school to be like this. I would of loved to see the click of The Brittanys. But sadly for me this was a miss. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for a arc of my honest opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This book was pure high school cringe. I got it because I am a Brittany, and assumed it would be something I needed in my life. What I got was another Brittany's version of high school. We are approximately the same age, but I would definitely be the poor, fat, nerdy Brittany of the Brittanys included. These girls were ones I would have considered bitches or sluts while in school, probably unfairly, but I would have definitely felt morally and intellectually superior to them while also being jea This book was pure high school cringe. I got it because I am a Brittany, and assumed it would be something I needed in my life. What I got was another Brittany's version of high school. We are approximately the same age, but I would definitely be the poor, fat, nerdy Brittany of the Brittanys included. These girls were ones I would have considered bitches or sluts while in school, probably unfairly, but I would have definitely felt morally and intellectually superior to them while also being jealous of and weirdly drawn to them. Ultimately, these were girls I would have been an acquaintance of, but not really friends with. The book did bring back some nostalgia, to the point that I reached out to my high school best friend, something I haven't done in some time. If you went to high school in the early 2000s and just want to feel that pain again, then read this.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lanigan

    This book is called #TheBrittanys written by a Brittany. . If you remember the days of tanning while listening to a cd and flipping over to your stomach half way through, or wore Cucumber Melon this book is for you, (and by you I mean me! It was me he wore Cucumber Melon and sunbathed to Red Hot Chilli Peppers) . Reminiscent of Judy Blume, 2000’s style, this book follows 5 Brittanys as they come of age. Tiffany Chokers, Jansport backpacks, and boxers as shorts had me feeling major nostalgia. . If that This book is called #TheBrittanys written by a Brittany. . If you remember the days of tanning while listening to a cd and flipping over to your stomach half way through, or wore Cucumber Melon this book is for you, (and by you I mean me! It was me he wore Cucumber Melon and sunbathed to Red Hot Chilli Peppers) . Reminiscent of Judy Blume, 2000’s style, this book follows 5 Brittanys as they come of age. Tiffany Chokers, Jansport backpacks, and boxers as shorts had me feeling major nostalgia. . If that doesn’t do it for you how about this quote, “We thought life was always going to be matching juicy sweat suits and trips to the malls” . A total fun trip down memory lane with all the feels of being a teenager. . Thank you #NetGalley and #Vintageanchorbooks

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