A Bad Hair Day Everyday Book 1 Kindle Edition
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We first learn about JJ, who is supposed to be the lead, in the synopsis and he is the first person we meet in the prologue chapter. Really what is happening here is stage setting and everything the synopsis talked about is gone over. I wasn’t wild about the synopsis because I feared the gender swap would be a tool for awkward situations and might offend based on trans bashing. . Ect. The intro really didn’t seem to suggest I would be wrong because while our lead does cross-dress, he spends an awful lot of time fixating on his being a man. Now I should point out, this is entirely based on just the first chapter of the book, which is by volume a hairs length of the story. In fact the entire synopsis is based more or less on the prologue, because once this chapter ends so too does JJ exit our life and a new book is born. No really, parts of the synopsis are still relevant but you could have called it a different book from this point on.
On the first real chapter we learn that our real main character is Abbey, whom is for all she knows, feels, excreta, just a girl. The gender swapping really doesn’t apply to her because she has no sense of being a male nor does she feel out of place in a female body, this is just the life she’s always known. The age regression only happened if you consider her as JJ, but she’s really not, she’s a completely separate and new person and once again, this is just the life she’s known. There is still a lot of alien related stuff and the hair part of the synopsis is real, but basically what you’re actually getting into is a super hero origin story slice of life book for a high schooler. Nothing like the synopsis, but also not all bad. I found myself far more engrossed in what the book is actually about than what the book claimed it would be about.
What I liked about this book is that it was light and fun while pushing a narrative that I think might appeal to some readers, the idea of being a female. There is definitely an industry amongst men for this and you can see it play out in other forms of media (like the male gamer playing a female character). I feel this book will do a good job capturing the sense some of them might be going for and for that crowd I’d recommend it. Additionally if you look at the story as just a girl with weird powers and her life, it isn’t a bad book there either. You could skip or cut out the prologue and forget about JJ and still probably enjoy the book. The biggest caveat I have here is expect something that fits the light novel feel as it isn’t particularly heavy in any sense and there is never really any real conflict to be found.
Another cool thing about this book is the style, the chapters come in very bite sized chunks that are more similar to a short story collection. Actually if you read about this book you’d learn that it started as a couple of short stories and grew from there. This might explain why the synopsis seems only accurate for the prologue and seems to become less so in the actual story. Still the style of bite sized chapters that feel like episodes was kind of fun to read and not in any way a detractor for me.
There are some things about this book I should warn that might turn some readers off. For instance the sexual content is shockingly high for a book that seems to otherwise skirt controversial topics. You might argue the suggestive inclusion of LGBT from the synopsis is also controversial, but the book warns you of the possibility of these elements and furthermore I think in 2017 we can start to pretend at least it isn’t a big deal. The sexual content however is a little out of left field, primarily in that there is a lot of book time dedicated to talking about it and specifically changes to the characters bodies with emphasis on their private parts. Personally this was my biggest objection to the story because it just felt a little gratuitous and unnecessary. For me this wasn’t a deal breaker, but you should be warned in advance that it will come up a lot in this book.
Another complaint someone might have is overall length. By the end you certainly will feel like you’ve read a novella and could be expecting more. It is a short and quick read, but it was also about $3 when I purchased it which is a reasonable price I felt for a story of this length. More content would be nice, but as of this writing there is already a sequel which I plan to pick up. Hopefully it will be more of the same, but I’ll write a review of that when I get around to reading it.
In conclusion I found bad hair day to be a fun, short and quick read and for anyone who was hooked by the synopsis I might recommend it. Sure it is a little misleading (more than a little really) but equipped with that knowledge you should be able to make your own decision. I’m giving it four stars because the sexual content was probably a little heavier than it needed to be and ultimately it was a light read, but that was to be expected as the book never pretends to be award winning drama material. Still fun, still worth picking up.
Feel free to comment, I am happy to discuss my reviews.
Amazon write up suggests Ranma like changes from boy to girl and back. Forget the back
1. dealing with the gender change is done with just amnesia, I get it it's just after reading smoking hot I had very high expectations.
2. she was a professional criminal/spy and they mention how she is a natural fighter and has talent for martial arts yet on two occasions you have random guy A just straight over power her. I hate this trope.
overall I still bought the 2nd book after reading the first.