Monday, June 6, 2011

Review & Giveaway: My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

My Life Undecided

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.

Book Details:
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)
Pub. Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320

My Review:

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody is one of the most fun books I’ve read this year. The novel is about Brooklyn Pierce who has made bad decisions all her life. One day she realizes she needs to make some changes. So she sets up a blog where her readers will make all the decisions for her.

Now Brooklyn’s blog was one of many things I loved about this book. Brooklyn would tell her readers the situation and then they would choose (vote) what she would have to do in that certain situation. I was always curious to see how the readers will vote. In other words the results of Brooklyn’s fate. This is one reason why I kept reading.

Jessica’s characters are the best. She knows how to write books for YA. Brooklyn was one great protagonist. She was funny and she was all around a good person just trying to figure out where she belongs. Plus she was also trying to figure out how to make good and safe decisions. Brooklyn’s so-called best friend, Shayne, is the classic Ms.Popular. The girl who gets everything she wants. In the book Shayne dumps Brooklyn as a friend. In actuality it should of been the other way around, because Shayne is the kind of person who uses others only to benefit herself. Mrs. Moody is the grouchy old lady in the nursing home where Brooklyn has to serve community service. Mrs. Moody has some secrets and they get revealed towards the end of the novel that explains why she is always so moody.

Brooklyn also has a tricky love life. She is crazy about the cute new boy from the South. The new guy is Hunter and let me tell you he is smooth. I loved the part where he willingly got in trouble just to be able to talk to Brooklyn. I hope I didn’t spoil anything by mentioning that part. Face it we all have wanted the pretty and sly boy at one time or another. In life there is always that one person that you don’t see right in front of you. This person would be Brian. He has the brains and knows manners and how to respect people. Brian is the boy who has more to him than what Brooklyn sees on the surface. Which guy will she end up with in the end? Well read the book to find out!

Because the book is so much fun to read I found it hard to put this book down once I started reading every time. My Life Undecided is the first book I have ever read by Jessica Brody. But it certainly won’t be my last. Jessica knows what makes a great YA novel. My Life Undecided has a lot of good messages to send out to readers. So take Brooklyn’s journey with her, like I did, and figure out life too. Trust me. It’ll be worth it. Plus its a great book to sit out in the sun to read.

Giveaway will end June 14 at Noon EDT.

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