Friday, January 20, 2012

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux (BYR)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320

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 be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or 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.
Review: Contemporaries are always hit-or-misses for me. I always either really love them or really hate them. This book was an exception. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either. It annoyed me, but there were parts that really made me smile.

   It took me a long time to get into this book. Seriously. It wasn't until, like, page 200 that I actually got into the book. My main problem was--as usual--the main character. I really couldn't connect to Brooklyn at all. She didn't seem like a 15 year old girl at all. For the majority of the novel, she was so whiny and annoying, always pitying herself. I understand that Jessica Brody probably intended for Brooklyn to be that way, but still, Brooklyn made me want to pull my hair out. She was really ignorant and complained a lot. She did transform by the end of the novel, but I still did not like her.

   This book was pretty stereotypical. There was the popular girl, the insanely new hot guy, the feeling of invisibility. It was basically cookie-cutter YA high school material. There were things outside of the school that I really liked though. Such as the nursing home that Brooklyn volunteered at for community service. There, Brooklyn would read to a cranky old lady named Mrs. Moody, whom I really enjoyed. I also loved Brian, Brooklyn's new found friend when everyone abandons her. He was super sweet and totally adorable.

   Despite the fact that it took me forever to warm up to this book, I did end up liking some parts. This book was really not for me--the writing was definitely not my style, the concept was very far-fetched, and I couldn't relate or connect to the characters. But My Life Undecided was a nice read that I'm sure other YA readers will enjoy.

   2.5 keys.


  1. The nursing home and Mrs. Moody storyline (and Brian) was probably my favourite of the book. I did give the book a higher rating, but I do agree with your points about Brooklyn: she was a tricky character to warm up to.

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