Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review: My Life Undecided - Jessica Brody

Where I got it: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cover Rating: 3 stars (Kind of plain, I liked that there was a laptop on the other one...both covers a little boring though.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page Count: 296 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Brooklyn Pierce makes bad decisions. She has absolutely no judgement, or so it seems. She decides that the only way for her to keep out of trouble, is to take her life out of her hands. She starts a blog, where she posts every decision that she faces during the day, and lets people vote on what choice she should make. She promises to follow them no matter what, even begrudgingly. When she strays from their decision even a little, she notices that she falls back into trouble. Even though she might not make the best decisions, they are hers to make. Maybe Brooklyn just needs to wise up and see if she can follow her heart and not her head and not some poll results.

This was a fun book. I liked the concept that Brooklyn thinks she's so hopeless, that she enlists the help of online polls to make her decisions in life. This is how she ends up on the debate team, and black & blue from rugby tryouts. Brooklyn was funny, even though at times I just wanted to shake her and scream REALLY?!?! REALLY! She gets dumped by her best friend(who is a terrible person), but all she wants is to get back in with her. Oh popularity, the bane of high school existence. I loved Brian, and Hunter. Well, I did like Hunter, he seemed dreamily Southern. I liked the fact that Brooklyn had community service at an old folks home, and read You Choose the Story books. It was a great parallel to Brooklyn's life and lack of decisions at the time. I wish there was more development of the character relationships. I feel like there were only inklings between Brooklyn and Mrs. Moody and Brooklyn and Brian. Maybe it's just me. I enjoyed the reference to Maddy from The Karma Club. I love it when there are cross-references between an author's works(i.e. Sarah Dessen). This was a fun book, and if you wanted to read it, it is certainly worth it. A great beach read, that will make you chuckle and shake your head.

First Line:
"The sirens are louder than I anticipated."

Favorite Lines:
"'Who's Dudley?'
'Our golden doodle.'
'Your what?'
Brian laughs. 'Our dog. A golden doodle is a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. He tried to swallow a pinecone once. Didn't work out too well.'"

"'Those mamsy pamsy dog breeders have to have a name for everything. Back when I had Ruby here, we called her what she was. A mutt.'"

Others who loved it: Princess Bookie
Others who didn't love it: whatchYAreading

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read this or The Karma Club, but they really sound like fun, beachy reads. Not to mention the cover screams 'bring me to the beach!' I'll have to keep this in mind the next time I head out to the beach. Thanks for the review.


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