June 25, 2012

Review: My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

Format: Hardback
Excerpt here
Release Date: June 7, 2011
My Copy: Won from Diana
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

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.
I've had this book for over a year now and it's just recently that I finally dusted it off and cracked the book open. I should have read this a long time ago! The blurb sounds too juvenile for a 30-something reader like me but I swear JBrody kept me laughing throughout the book. I even think she officially made me like YA again after my self imposed ban. 

Brooklyn's life was ordinary, she doesn't have super powers, she's struggling cliques and the High School status quo; she has a near-perfect sister and parents who belong in the opposite spectrum. She's like a walking Murphy's Law with her string of misbehavior due to being decisionally challenged. I mean how can you not slow down or look away from a 50 car pile up? But what made her extraordinary was how she dealt with it and her fortitude on making things right. Brooklyn is very beguiling and her dry sense of humor got me hook line and sinker. 
Excuse me for not fainting from the surprise. I was, however, surprised to see that a whole seventeen people thought it was a bad idea. Maybe my readership is finally branching out.
Brooklyn is a marvelous heroine and I truly fell in love with this girl! It didn't matter that she's in high school, her voice was compelling and I really felt the myriad of emotions she was having ranging from fear, desperation, confusion, happiness to pure selfishness. Her Oh, Shit! moments are an even mix idiocy and daring which adds to her appeal. The part that really got me glued was her blog, I mean at one point I even developed blogger envy for Life Undecided. People got so invested in her life that she had hundreds of thousands of hits in mere seconds, her polls escalated to serious voting so much so that even Harvard students were making bets as to who or what she'll pick in the end. 
I never liked you very much when you were perfect. You're much cooler now that you're human.
The secondary characters were enjoyable too, they were stereotypes but they were well-written with tons of humor. Obviously there is a love triangle but it wasn't sappy nor was it annoying, was normal and she doesn't sound like a femme fatale like most YA heroines. Brooklyn is simply a flirt, caught between someone who is safe versus someone popular.

I can't rave enough about this, if you love YA then this is a MUST read. If you're still undecided, watch the trailer.

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  1. Great review! This sounds really amazing now, and I'm always looking for new YA reads with a funny character, despite my TBR mountain just sitting on both my Kindle and my shelf. I have a serious problem. -.- Adding this to my TBR list anyway, despite my conscience! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! :)

    1. It's a fun story, I'm sure you'll finish this in less than a day because the writing is engaging and Brooklyn's adventures are truly hilarious.

  2. Cute concept! It does sound like she is a walking Murphy's Law! Ha! The trailer is cute although, I wouldn't have wanted to read the book based on the trailer but I would on your review. The trailer makes her look more, well... just stupid! Thanks!

  3. This book sounds great! And I really liked the trailer; I'll definitely make sure I check this book out.

  4. Awwh man. I'm pretty sure I had this book at one time, but it got given away when the hordes had to be cleaned up! It sounds so cute!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake


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