- File Size: 1191 KB
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0190OENGI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to admit that I was disappointed as I got farther into the story. I was hoping for a novel that went more in-depth with the characters and, specifically, how Garrison Davis felt about his life. The synopsis promised me an engaging story where I could dive into Garrison’s mind and see just how much he wanted to break free of the trend his parents had begun to set. I wish it had entirely come through, but it wasn’t a bad experience.
Garrison is pretty cool. His name is cool and his character had potential to be cool(er). I could easily see some of his positive qualities and he seemed like a sincerely sweet kid with genuine intentions. I felt that while it may have been Taylor’s intention to make him appear conflicted with his emotions (which he was), from what I read, Garrison seemed to be repeating the same thoughts with different variations. I know this happen in ‘real life,’ but I needed some variety with what he had to say in order for me to completely understand his character. Besides that, however, I was rather pleased with Garrison as a character. As I said, he sounded like a sweet kid that wanted to be the difference he couldn’t see in his own life.
Reese Owens is a cool cat too. I don’t know if I agree that she’s the “exact opposite” of Garrison, but she definitely comes from a better home. And that’s okay. It was cute to watch her sprinkle joy into Garrison’s life by being herself and going out of her way to talk to him. Some of the things she did, I thought to be a bit out of character, but I was delighted to see how firm she was in not letting peer pressure ruin her. She is pressured by her peers a couple of times and she gives in once, but after that she stayed strong. It was a great message and it was refreshing to see an author who didn’t let the teenagers in her story constantly do whatever the crowd was doing, only to regret it later. If there was something I intensely appreciated, about Reese and from Taylor, it was that although Autumn was rather “out there” when it came to boys, there was no judgement from Reese to be found. When Reese thought about her and introduced her to the reader, there were no snide thoughts about how active she was and as the story progressed, there was a delicious lack of sneaky jokes about Autumn’s actions at her expense. Even though Reese and Autumn didn’t always see eye to eye, since Reese held back when it came to taking things farther physically with boys and Autumn felt less hesitation, there were no hurtful comments from Reese towards Autumn.
The plot was good for the point/message of the story and I don’t have many complaints. I saw the “plot twist” coming, partly because of the prologue and partly because of my own intuition. I thought it was rather weird that there were two epilogues, but neither of those are complaints, just an observations. The writing style wasn’t one of my favorites, even though Garrison is about eighteen and Reese is around fifteen, senior and sophomore respectively, they spoke like middle-schoolers. In fact, all of the characters sounded like middle-schoolers in their texts and dialogue, which I also thought was odd, but it didn’t ruin the story for me or anything of the sort. There was also a few mistakes in the writing, that could have been edited in a brief proofread, but, as I said, it didn’t ruin the story for me.
Would I Recommend An Ordinary Me? If you’re looking to enjoy a simple, but sweet story about a girl and a guy falling in love and don’t mind a few cheesy moments and somewhat young-sounding teenagers for $1.99, then I say go for it.
This is a deeply moving YA book, about two high school students. One Garrison Davis who is a senior and should be having the best year of his life and Reese Owens a young girl who is discovering what high school is about, along the way these two people will meet and it will set them on a course that changes both of their lives.
Garrison is an amazing character, you are drawn to him from the very beginning. His home life has not been easy. Garrison's father is in prison and his mother is a drug addict. He has so much to deal with in his daily life. Garrison wants a better life for himself and is determined to leave his painful past behind.
Reese, I loved her she is every young girl in high school, always thinking that she doesn't look good enough or thinking of herself as a just an ordinary girl. Reese comes from a loving family, very different from Garrison. She always has her friend Autumn by her side who is completely opposite of Reese. Over the years Reese has had a crush on a boy she grew up with, Cannon, I'm not going to tell you about him you have to read the book...
Something happens that brings these two together, Garrison really is a knight in shining armor, but he doesn't think he's good enough for Reese, she thinks he's perfect, loyal and caring.
“I will say it one more time and I hope you really hear me. To love someone, truly love them, inside and out is a once in lifetime opportunity. If you pass it up you will regret it.” No Ordinary Me
There are so many things that I loved about this book it really captures the feelings of being a young teenager in high school, today. I loved how the author added in two teachers who were mentors to Garrison. This book is a heartfelt story with a good message on how you can over come any obstacle in your life and how two people can grow together and teach each other what love and family really means. It's a book that a teenager and adult would love.
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