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From School Library Journal
--Julianna Scott, author of The Holders"
- File Size : 846 KB
- Publication Date : July 1, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 258 pages
- Publisher : Kensington Books (July 1, 2015)
- ASIN : B00ONTS5Z6
- Language: : English
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1617738808
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,328 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think it took Lexi so long to learn about true friendship because she didn't have a great role model. This is one of those books where the parents are going to piss you off. As a mother, I can not even conceive of some of the things Lexi's mom did and didn't do for her. Another lesson to be learned, you can't always count on the people you think you should be able to. And it's ok to find family elsewhere. Lexi found her family across the street, and sometimes that's what you have to do. I hope if my kids ever have a friend in Lexi's situation, they will know they can count on me to be that person for them.
Letting go and finally able to be herself is the best part of the story and when I could finally start to respect her. I could tell certain people were bad news from the start and it's frustrating to read about someone who is just not seeing it and so very gratifying when they finally do.
Nolan and Shelby are probably my favorite characters. I like no nonsense, non-judgemental and loyal friends in stories like these.
I think teens in High School will really love this book, it's real and harsh and doesn't sugar coat things the way some YA novels do.
I don't normally read YA contemporary fiction because I find that most of the stories are totally predictable, which doesn't appeal to me. This book fell into the incredibly predictable category, just as I thought it would. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing. I don't think that the author was trying to give the reader a bunch of twists or a surprise ending with this novel. The story was meant to be predictable so the reader could enjoy a quick read, but also because it focuses on more important issues. What you see is what you get with this one. Read the description and you'll know what's going to happen without even opening the book. But if you look underneath the story, you'll find a lot of important topics in today's society. Mostly the pressure that society places on people - usually teens and women - to look a certain way, act a certain way, and other ridiculous and nearly impossible standards. This topic is easy to see throughout the book and in Lexi's character. She basically represents all of us to a certain degree. Most people have things in their lives that wouldn't be deemed "acceptable" to society - they don't fit the mold that is expected of them. So what does Lexi do? The same thing everyone else does - she creates an alter-ego that does fit into all of these perfect little categories and has none of the bad characteristics of her real self. She creates an elaborate facade in order to fit in with the popular kids and to feel like she was accepted and she belonged. As we all know, the mask we create to hide our true selves can't stay in place forever - it's going to eventually crack and fall apart. This is another issue that Lexi has to face in the story - whether it's better to pretend to be someone you're not and to ignore who you really are, or to have the confidence to be who you are - flaws and all. It's a topic that deeply effects our society today and, as you can see, is an important debate that a lot of people feel strongly about. I could go on and on about this topic, but I think I've made my point clear enough in regards to the social issues dealt with in the novel along with the underlying concepts that intertwine with it all.
The characters were all sort of realistic. I have to admit that I found almost all of them to be flat and stereotypical with no real distinguishable attributes. Again, I think this was done on purpose by the author so we get the secondary characters needed to tell Lexi's story, but not deep enough that they distract from the main topic. Lexi, on the other hand, was incredibly well written. She had a distinct personality with flaws, strengths, and everything in between. I also found her to be very realistic and easy to identify with from the start of the book. I always talk about the importance of point of view to a novel, and this one is no different. It's written in the first person from Lexi's perspective. The author did a phenomenal job in creating a complex main character and by writing in the first person POV, the reader is able to experience everything that Lexi does while also getting a peek inside of her mind. We get to see her hopes, dreams, fears, insecurities, memories, inner thoughts, and so much more. The reader gets to know her on such a personal level that it feels like you were right there with her during the entire story. By mixing all of these elements together - from the natural pace of the writing and the attention to detail, to the topics that were easy to relate with and then the complexity and sheer reality of Lexi's character and what she experiences - the author was able to create a truly original novel that will both entertain you and have you thinking about the topics discussed throughout the story. So, overall, I didn't really care much about the surface story. What really stood out to me were the other attributes and aspects of the book that resonated with me as both a reader and as a woman in today's society. You can read it however you want - a quick and easy YA contemporary novel or a narrative about how society is pressuring people to be things they aren't, like I did. Either way, I recommend it to all readers - regardless of age or genre preference - because I truly feel that everyone will connect with and experience it one way or another.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.