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.
This book could be titled “Ramona Quimby: The Teenage Years.” My Life Undecided is hilarious. I mean, YA contemporaries are always pretty funny, but Brooklyn is decisionally challenged. What started with falling down a mine shaft when she was two culminated in accidentally burning down a display home, and the result? She started a blog.
I love blogging. Blogging is great. (Obviously, seeing I’m blogging this review.) When I saw the major blogging component, I just had to read it. Brooklyn’s gets people to make her life choices through blog polls! Come on! That is pretty original.
Speaking of original, it’s so easy for YA contemporaries to be cliche. There’s pretty much a standard formula for any high school romance. I liked Brooks and her predicaments, because I didn’t feel like I’d read them before. Of course, I haven’t read every book out there, but I can’t call to mind a girl who starts the book popular, in the good crowd, and best friends with the nasty Queen-Bee-girl, later gains popularity, and it’s not a bad thing.
I loved the book’s premise. I love that the book was about a girl trying to fix up her messy life and learn to make good decisions, rather than being all about about a girl falling in love. It was a romance, yeah, but that wasn’t the whole point of its existence.
Speaking romance, there’s the matter of the love triangle. Yes. I know. Everyone hates love triangles, and they’re hopelessly cliche. Well, for a plot device that makes any seasoned reader wrinkle their nose, this one wasn’t horrendous. It’s probably the most cliche aspect of the book, though. E.G., there was the classic braniac (named Brian… obviously), the debate team star, who didn’t want to wrestle like his father wanted him to. Then there was the handsome southerner bad-boy guy (obviously). I never go for the bad boy. I usually find them either rude or violent, depending on the genre they appear in. But suprisingly, this one (Hunter), was remarkably a gentleman. At one stage, he lands Brooks in detention on accident, and he comes and genuinely apologizes for getting her in trouble. He was really quite nice, and so it took a bit of the predictable, “She’ll end up with the smart guy, they always do!” out of it.
Then comes Brooks. She is down-right hilarious. I said before, Teenage Ramona. Right down to perfect older sister, drinking floor cleaner on a dare, and landing in trouble entirely accidentally. Brook’s voice was really conversational–a blogging voice. She felt realistic. So real it was weird. And she got her point across with barely any swearing at all. And her interior monologue on the first trip to the nursing home (for community service)? Priceless.
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape. After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin’s Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) THE FIDELITY FILES, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the the follow-up, LOVE UNDER COVER in November 2009. THE KARMA CLUB, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, MY LIFE UNDECIDED just recently hit bookstores in June 2011.
52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER (which was recently optioned for film) will be out in Summer 2012 and UNREMEMBERED, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in early 2013.
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twelve foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, China, Portugal, Israel, Indonesia and Taiwan.
Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.
Mime is currently reading the last few pages of Anna and the King while listening to the celtic radio station on Pandora. She has new glasses, which is pretty cool. She is bemoaning the encroaching heat of summer (because it’s seriously coming early), and looking forward to going on holidays. Hallelujah.