Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
Published: June 7th, 2011 (Square Fish)
Pages: 336
Source: bought
Series: NA
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★★☆


Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment.

Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.

But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else decide which book I read for English. And whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!

Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.

But don’t take my word for it. Read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.

When this book was pitched to me by a fellow reader and reviewer, I knew I had to have it. She really sold me on this book and even though it took me a while to finally get it and read it, it was so worth it. She was right. My Life Undecided delivers.

Seriously, I love love love the idea for this book. Setting up a blog so other people can decide stuff for you? Hell yes! It does remind me a bit of Amber, Debby and Judith pushing their favourite books when I ask what I should read next on Twitter, so I guess you could call me an expert on the matter. I'm terrible at making decisions.

Brooklyn is a fantastic character. She was so easy to identify with and she reminded me a bit of me when I was 15 (hiya, Grandma Daph! Here to tell a story?). I've been too active on the interwebz since I was young and I remember myself asking the same kind of questions Brooklyn asks her followers - though it would never have occured to me to create a poll to decide which boy I should date. That was a little too much for me -- but I really got the sentiment.

The storyline was awesome. It was heartfelt, funny and honest and I absolutely adored it. While Brooklyn starts her blog to not have to make her own decisions, she actually develops as a character and learns how to pick her own path.

I would definitely recommend this book. Especially if you liked Adorkable by Sarra Manning, I think you will appreciate this story. I know I absolutely adored this book and I will probably end up forcing people to read this when they ask for book recommendations. Or, you know, vote for it in a poll.

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