Friday, September 5, 2014

Review ~ Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 336
Publication date: September 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Harper Children's
Goodreads Description: 
This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.
Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review. 

I went into Anatomy of a Misfit not knowing what to expect. The first time I saw it on Edelweiss for review, I passed on it. It wasn't one I'd seen before and I wasn't very interested in reading it. It kept grabbing my attention, though. I kept getting the feeling that I'd be missing out on something special if I didn't get it for review. So, I downloaded it.

And let me tell you, I made such a good decision!

This book was so funny, yet sad and dark. It had a very strong message to it. It was about how we only have one chance at life and we should live in the moment before it's all over. Stop worrying about what others will think and do what youwant. Don't live a life you're going to look back on in regret. I thought the author developed this message beautifully. It had a strong impact on me.

The main character, Anika, was the type that worried what others would think and how her popularity would sink if she did or didn't do certain things. she let that get in the way of what her heart wanted many times. There was a tragic event towards the end that made her realize that. At the end, it was so clear that she came a long way from the start of her story. She grew so much! Her POV in the beginning felt very shallow and immature, but as the book progressed, she matured and developed and just got better. I really liked her.

Also, as the story progressed, things got more serious. Bullying, abuse, and death had the strongest impacts on what was happening. Racism, cheating, and stealing also showed up quite a bit. All of the these things were written in an unapologetically honest way. They were also dealt with in both serious and humorous ways, now that I think of it.

There are a few more things I think I should mention. There was more strong language than is usually in a YA book. I didn't mind it at all. Actually, it made the book seem even more funny and realistic. It was refreshing to read. There were also decent family aspects to the novel; Anika's mom was pretty awesome. Lastly, the writing style took awhile to get used to, but I loved it!

Overall, Anatomy of a Misfit wowed me. It was a refreshing, hilarious, and honest read with a strong message capable of lingering with its reader. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I really hope others love it as much as I did.

What was the last book that made you laugh out loud?

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