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Published June 11, 2011
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PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!
Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment. Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.
But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!
Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.
But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.
As soon as I read the synopsis for My Life Undecided on goodreads I immediately new that I needed to read this book as soon as I could! Luckily I was contacted by the publishing company to do a review, which I totally flipped out about! This was the first book I read by Jessica Brody and after reading My Life Undecided I definitely plan on picking up more by her.
The main character, Brooklyn, is pretty much known for her horrible decision making skills. Her latest bad choice resulted in her mother's model home being burned to the ground. After that fiasco Brooklyn recruits the people of the world wide web to make all her decisions. Since 'what they say goes', even if Brooklyn wants the opposite, things get a little complicated for our rebellious main character.
I loved how her blog followers had Brooklyn trying things she would have never experienced if the decisions had been left up to her. Even if some of the new things she tried didn't click, she still learned a lot about herself through each experience. Without her blog followers telling her to try out for the school's speech team, she would have never gotten as close to the sweet Brian as she did.
In the beginning of the book I found Brooklyn extremely annoying, selfish and way too focused on the acceptance of the 'popular crowd' at her school. As the book went on I really had the chance to see her develop into a mature and caring person. I loved Brooklyn's relationship with Mrs. Moody, the elderly woman she was ordered to read to for community service. Not only did I never know how Mrs. Moody was going to react that day, but I never knew what Brooklyn would learn from her. Brooklyn gained so much patience and selflessness by caring for her.
Jessica Brody definitely covered the cute guy spectrum. There was the smoldering hot bad boy, Hunter and the somewhat geeky, yet completely adorable Brian. I loved how as the story continued on the more there was revealed about each of the guys. Having more information about them definitely had me changing my opinions on who I thought was best for Brooklyn.
One of the parts that the author nailed perfectly about high school was the 'friend one second, enemy the next' role, in this case Shayne. She is the queen bee of the school and always has to look absolutely perfect, but the part that was spot on was Shayne's and Brooklyn's relationship. After they had their fallout Shayne acted completely normal and sweet to Brooklyn in front of everyone, yet knew she was hurting Brooklyn because of her actions. It was conniving, hurtful and well... everything that high school is.
I really enjoyed the ending. It was sweet and didn't come too quickly. I was happy with how Brooklyn handled everything and it definitely left me with a silly grin on my face.
"It's like I'm caught between two versions of myself. The person I used to be and the person I'm too scared to become."
My Life Undecided has a dynamic main character who learns a lot about the importance of decision making and what can happen when you leave life choices in others' hands. It is a fun, quick read about a girl who just wants to do something right for a change.