2.10.14

book review: anatomy of a misfit

This is one of those books that I picked up on a whim. I wish that I could afford to buy more full-priced books, but it doesn’t happen often. Luckily for me, though, I had a coupon, so I was able to peruse the new releases shelf at my local bookstore, which is where I found this little gem. 

 Anatomy of a Misfit

I hadn't heard much about ANATOMY OF A MISFIT and even though I rolled the dice of full-priced-book-chance, I came out a winner. Like, winning the Powerball, kind of winner. No, I'm not exaggerating. (Okay, maybe just a bit. Ha!)

As with most YAs that I've read, if the voice isn't strong, it's impossible for me to get into the story. And because I like to keep it real, I'll admit that for the first six pages or so, I was debating on whether or not I’d be able to get a refund because it just felt strange. Jerky, almost. And maybe a bit too snarky. But then it just sort of clicked, and I was sucked in for the rest of the book…which I read in one sitting.

Isn't that just the best? When a book simply DEMANDS to be read from cover to cover? Of course it is. Which is why you should read it yourself. Err...after you finish this review, that is. Ha!

Back to the voice: It’s fun, spunky, but not too sweet. In fact, if the main character, Anika Dragomir, had any more flaws, she’d have to roll around a wheely bag because otherwise, she’d be lopsided from lugging it all around in a cute messenger bag. Not that she has a messenger bag per say, but she’s a tenth grade student who cares about maintaining her position as the third most popular girl in school, so the chances are high that she wouldn't risk a double-strap backpack. Unless, of course, double-strap backpacks are where it's at nowadays. 

Note to self: Stop saying things like that. It only makes you sound like an old fogey. ARG! Why I can't stop?! Moving on. Slowly, because apparently, I'm a senior. 

The story is simple enough in concept: average girl navigates the piranha infested waters of high school, but its execution is both exquisite and excruciating. It's just so real, guys and gals. It’s raw and honest and messy and I loved the conflict around Anika's bad boy crush. Or, her version of a bad boy, anyway, which is yet another awesome thing about this book because I honestly didn't know where the plot would take me next. It was an emotional roller coaster, and my hands were up the whole time, savouring the highs and the lows. 

The supporting characters are fabulous in their own right and they elevate Anika’s experience to what I consider to be a mature level. As in, although ANATOMY is YA, it reads more like NA. Anika is quite self-aware and I don’t know of many girls her age who could say the same (see above note to self again), but nonetheless, her experiences are straight-up high-school angst-y and I just adore when an author can make me remember the extreme urgency that’s only felt when one is between the ages of thirteen and eighteen.

So if you love YA that makes you do this...


followed by a little bit of this...


then you’ve got to get yourself a copy. Like, now.

And make sure you put your name in it, as I feel extremely confident that you’ll be lending it out after you’re done. Because at the end of the day, this is one that needs to be passed around. 

I'm linking up with Heather for Book Club Friday! Head on over and discover some awesome new reads!




2 comments:

Beth W said...

Sweet! Thanks for the recommendation! I'd never heard of that one, either.
And hey, you can sound like an old fogey all you want- you're not all crotchety-conservative, or angry-at-everyone, so it's all good. :P

Shoshanah said...

This is a new one to me, but your definitely definitely makes me think it's one I should be considering. Thanks for bringing it my way!