- File Size: 5130 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fisher Amelie; 1 edition (December 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ATRCQV0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
VAIN: Series Standalone 1 (The Seven Deadly Series) Kindle Edition
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Also because of this book I got suckered into buying pocket tissues at Typo last week.
Check out girl “Would you like to buy a packet of pocket tissues? All proceeds are going towards helping to build schools in Uganda?”
How could I say no?
I am now the proud owner of multiple packs of tissues. This book is to blame. If you have read it you will know why.
I loved Vain! Like seriously loved it! Even in the beginning when Sophie was at her worst, I loved it. The author managed to not make her a caricature. Sophie felt completely real to me, even if I hated her. Then she lands in Africa and everything is different. Immediately Sophie takes in the beautiful scenery, but then she meets the children of the orphanage where she'll be working. These children have all nearly died and most of them are missing limbs or other parts of their body. But they keep smiling and they're excited to have Sophie join them. It's through them (and one little girl in particular) that Sophie beings to appreciate life and realizes that she's worth more than just her face. She also finds love there among the children and the woman who runs it. This isn't an overnight transformation. Sophie realizes that the world is much bigger than her mansion, but it still takes several weeks for it all to sink in.
Of course, Vain does have a romance. Ian is there to greet Sophie and drive her to the orphanage. He's also her hut mate and she works with him teaching the children during school hours. He hates her at first, too! He knows why she's there, and hates that she's forced to be there and will just up and leave after her sentence. But later Ian admits that he was quick to judge her. Just because she wasn't there by choice, didn't mean she wasn't getting anything out of her time there or that she wasn't serious about helping the children. The two grow close over time, and then fall in love. There is a drama that tears them apart. It was a bit much, but both of them come from powerful families who tend to over do things anyway, so I just went with it. It certainly didn't make me enjoy the story any less.
Vain made me cry. Twice. The first time was out of sadness, since I was so invested in the story and bad things happen and Sophie is just upset so I was upset with her! The second time was out of happiness, because Sophie does the right thing and helps others finally see the light. And it's just hopeful! Humanity sucks in general, but there are good people out there.
She loves admiring herself almost as much as boasting in the compliments from her many admirers.
But at what price will her insurmountable beauty cost her?
She doesn't care. Her only concern is rejection and as she constantly reminds herself, she's too pretty to be rejected.
And in the unrealistic event that it does happen, she can always numb her feelings with a line of cocaine.
But what is she numbing herself to? The rejection of her cold parents who see her as nothing more than an inconvenience, or from the guys who all just use her for sex?
Yes, Sophie Price is undeniably beautiful, but she's in desperate need of an awakening.
That awakening comes in the form of a court ordered community service sentence that she will serve at an impoverished orphanage in Uganda.
Yes. Uganda is in AFRICA!!!
Will Sophie survive the unbearably hot days with no air-conditioning and bugs all over the cold water showers? Will she realize that her $300.00 cut off shorts could have been better spent putting food into a starving child's belly? Will Sophie's selfish heart be opened in ways she never could have expected or will she return home to the States and continue on in her self-destructive behavior?
Fisher Amelie's novel "Vain" easily makes you realize that affluent children can suffer the same as poverty stricken children, just in different ways. They may not lack materialistic items, but could very well lack the love from a parent which every child needs. Sophie tries hard to break the cycle of trust funds and predetermined aristocratic lives. While it was a great story, I did have trouble connecting with most of the characters. I don't feel that is the fault of the author but rather the wide age gap between me and these characters. (Although I loved Abri Aberdeen) It's a bit juvenile and would better serve an adolescent audience.