Monday, July 16, 2012

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

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."

My Review: A solid job! My Life Undecided wasn't quite the funniest---or the best---chick-lit I have ever read, but it was still a pretty good book! Brooklyn's character was hilarious. I loved how she kept making stupid mistake after mistake. It was bad for her, but hilarious for ME. She sometimes came off a bit superficial-whiny-teenage-brat...but I guess that was sort of the point. She was SUPPOSED to be that way, and by the end of the book, she's definitely relaxed and matured and become a better person. I liked seeing her personal growth; it was very obvious and open. The romance in the book was very low-key, which was nice. I didn't want the whole book to be about boys, boys, boys, because to me? That's really boring. Good thing Brody didn't make it that way! Strangely enough, I liked Brooklyn's story line with visiting Mrs. Moody at the nursing home the best! Normally I wouldn't be too crazy over the whole visiting-an-old-person-and-learning-from-them plot (because it's a bit overdone), but Mrs. Moody was hilarious and I LOVED hearing about her Choose Your Adventure storybooks. Those made me laugh till my stomach hurt. Also! The whole blogging plot! Yeah. Hmmm. It was definitely interesting, I'll give it that. At times I felt like rolling my eyes---because really, who needs bloggers to decide whether you're going to go to watch a certain TV show? Brooklyn seemed a tad pathetically dependent on her blog. But I guess that was also sort of the point---and she became less attached to the blog as the story went on, so that problem resolved itself. The whole blogging plot itself was pretty clever though, I'll give Brody that. A unique spin on an accident-and-disaster prone teenager's life!

Cover: I really do love the colors of the cover. Pale blue, lavender, and lilac? Yes please! The girl's pose is also funny and cute, even if she looks a bit mental, and that's not really how I pictured Brooklyn. 

Overall Grade: B+

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