Title: Anatomy of a Misfit
Author: Andrea Portes
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, romance
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Publication Date: September 2, 2014
My Rating: 5 STARS
This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.
Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite.
Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?
Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.
“It’s one of those dumb days where nothing’s really wrong but nothing’s really right either and the sky can’t even choose to be white or gray.”
I don’t know where to start, well I am not a fan of contemporary novels but I planned to read more. And also, I find it more challenging to write reviews for books that I love than those I dislike, maybe because if you dislike something you can usually point out a reason as to why you have a problem with whatever it was that did not sit well with you. After reading The Fall of Butterflies (review here) I immediately started this book, first, because it is sitting on my shelve for the longest time, second because I want to see more of Andrea Portes.
Let me start with Anika Dragomir, she is an inspirational character. I saw her improvement as I turned the pages. Though she is not that pleasant the first part or until the middle of the book, she is also foul-mouthed and judgemental. However, she is also funny and loyal to the people she loves. Maybe the main protagonist is not nice, but I think she is realistic.
The plot was okay, as I’ve said contemporary novels don’t need to have a complex one. Nothing out of the special. The writing is okay too. I love how Andrea made Anika’s voice very entertaining. One thing I need to emphasize, is that I DID NOT SEE THAT ENDING COMING! I mean the blub said, ‘ the devastating penultimate tragedy’, but who reads blurb? Definitely not me. LOL. I wont spoil it for you. I just want you to be ready.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good and surprising read.