Author: Fisher Amelie
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
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If you're looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who's been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she's not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you're gonna' hate my story,Review by Nara
Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It's not the "I can do anything, now that I've found you/I'm misunderstood but one day you'll find me irresistible because of it" tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I'm a complete witch. There's nothing redeeming about me. I'm a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I'm every girlfriend's worst nightmare and every boy's fantasy.
I'm Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world's most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
Firstly, if you're looking for a story that sounds like the blurb above, you're looking in the wrong place. This book is NOTHING like it suggests and EVERYTHING the blurb says it isn't.
Discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self. Check.
Latest trend novel. Check.
"I can do anything, now that I've found you". Check.
"I'm misunderstood but one day you'll find me irresistible because of it". Check. Also, totally clumsy sentence.
I'm a complete witch. Wrong.
There's nothing redeeming about me. Wrong.
I'm every girlfriend's worst nightmare and every boy's fantasy. Eh, could be.
The only statement which is spot on (at least at the start of the novel) is I'm a friend using, drug abusing sex addict from Los Angeles. Which, of course, makes the protagonist ever so likable. Basically, I found her to be a rich brat. Evidence:
1. I was "the green fairy". I flitted into you life, showed you ecstasy, and left you dependent. I did this for fun, for the hell of it, for attention. I wanted to be wanted, and my word, did they want me. Did they ever.
2. Like I said, I was practically flawless.
3. I would never have admitted this to anyone, but I panicked if I hadn't seen a mirror in a few hours, affirming I still had the only thing that made me so adored.
Firstly, that sentence is a grammatical disaster. Secondly, really???
Sophie is busted one day taking drugs by the police and therefore, completely logically, sent to an orphanage in Uganda. Umm, does that happen? Is that even legal?? Are you allowed to ship out criminals to other countries like that??? To take the ridiculousness further, the characters go to save kids in a village that has been ravaged by the LRA. What the hell? I'm somewhat torn in my opinion of the book, because on the one hand, it's somewhat well thought out and reasonably well written, and on the other hand, it's completely rubbish. I found that Sophie's "redemption" was stupid. Further annoying me was the fact that she cries on every freaking second page and says "oh my word" (who the hell even says that?!).
For those who have read the book, or don't mind it being spoiled, going further into the realm of disbelief:
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In addition, the spelling and grammatical errors were kind of annoying. I found this excerpt exceptionally horrendous:
I suppose that's what leant him additional intimidation factor as an attorney. I believe he played it up when possible. I also believe he was a virgin. For one reason: He lived and breathed his job. For another, I couldn't imagine a single woman taking pity on the poor man. Then again, he was rich, who was I to say?
Here's a line spoken by Sophie:
"As an American, I can definitely identify that my country has little to no idea what poverty really is. The worst living conditions I'd ever been exposed to back home pale in comparison. It's literally embarrassing that we complain at all"
WTF. Seriously, WTF. I find it difficult to believe that a teenager/young adult (can't remember how old she is) would speak like this. Also, generalisation much? I doubt that rich bitch Sophie would have been exposed to ANYTHING even nearing poverty. And just because a country is a first world country, that doesn't mean that there isn't poverty there.
If you want a book where the protagonist is one that sounds like the one in this blurb, go read Dirty Red.
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