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Ty finds himself in a complicated mess as he is in love with Becky, a drama star and a loner. Little does he know of Becky’s secrets and all the problems she faces on a day to day basis. He is in love with the idea of her mystery and even after dating another girl, he still wants Becky.
I feel a lot for Becky as she is in a situation she can’t get free from. No one seems to notice, ignoring her cry out for help. This story really encourages you to step back, realize that maybe there is more than meets the eye to a person, and get to know them. Sometimes that is all people want—for someone to stop and ask them how they really are.
I give this novel a 5/5. It is a great young adult novel and I recommend it to anyone who loves the genre. Tom Leveen is a great author who makes you really feel for the characters.
I recommend these to young girls, or any teen or young adult.
This book is quite powerful in the understanding of crushes (both the good and the bad sides of it)
A peek into a normal boy's life that feels all too familiar and real
While I did like Manicpixiedreamgirl overall, I found myself bored with it at times. Which is a shame, since it's such a short book. That did make it feel longer since the story would drag in places. Tyler is head over heels for Becky but never does anything about it. Then he gets a girlfriend, and stays with her for two years despite his feelings for someone else. Although, Sydney is partly to blame too, since she admits to know that his affections lie elsewhere. But, it's the same thing over and over. Tyler says he's happy with Sydney even though he doesn't love her, then he hangs out with Becky (as just friends), then he's alone and all of his thoughts are of Becky. I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. There's something up with that girl that Tyler doesn't see and it needs to come out eventually! As do his feelings for her.
I did find the story very realistic though. I'm sure at one point we've all had a crush who we thought was unattainable but kept our interest while we moved on with our lives, whether that involved a relationship or not. I also liked how there wasn't any big dramatics when everything comes out in the open. Sydney is a very down to the earth and understanding person, and just tells Tyler like it is, and I think she understood that it was kind of on her for dragging out this relationship too. And Becky wasn't quite so manic, and off the rails (unlike John Green's MPDGs), so I was sympathetic toward her when she told Tyler about her problems. The only character I felt lacked depth were Becky's parents who are the root of her issues. They were very flat and clearly served the role of villains.
In the end, I liked Manicpixiedreamgirl. It was a different take on romance which I really enjoyed. Yes, it's kind of an entire story centered around insta-love, but Tyler does realize that maybe he has a hero complex which is why he's so focused on Becky. That's not exactly a good foundation for a relationship, but it does lead them to what I thought was a great friendship. The ending is a bit open, with the reader not knowing what comes next for them, but it does leave us with some idea.
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