Thursday, 25 August 2011

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
(Goodreads profile)

Source: Won
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux (Macmillan)
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320


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.

My Life Undecided is a light, fresh read that left me entertained and satisfied upon completion.

When the main character, Brooklyn, says that she is "decisionally challenged" she means it. Even though she's only fifteen (same age as me, actually) she ends up in awful situations and doesn't realize something is wrong until it's too late. Even though at first it seems like Brooks is taking the easy way out by giving up all decision-making duties, it was really very interesting to see how much she learned throughout the novel about life and herself.

The supporting characters were great. My favourite by far is Brian, the dorky debate team member that I just want to hug because he is adorable. Three cheers for smart guys! Also, I feel the need to mention that I am in awe of the preparedness of Brooks' school's debate team. I'm on the debate team and I wish we worked that hard! Anyways, getting back on track, I hated Brooklyn's best friend, but I guess she's cool in the kind of way that Voldemort is cool.*

I don't want to give too much away, but the story had almost a fairy tale ending. It kind of reminds me of A Cinderella Story - the feel, not the actual events - which I mean in the best possible way (that is one of my absolute favourite movies after all).

Overall, My Life Undecided turned out to be a quick, enjoyable novel. Looking forward to reading more from Jessica Brody!

Cover Comments: It's cute! Also, I make that exact face all the time (and probably wear that much jewellery LOL).

*Okay, that is a slight exaggeration. I can in fact confirm that Brooklyn's best friend is not as evil as Voldemort. Slightly less evil.**
**DONE NOW. She is evil but just regular teenager evil, although you must admit that Voldemort was a rather evil teenager.........

ARGH I AM SORRY. Just watched Harry Potter (6) again. I cannot be held responsible for the words coming out of my mouth.


  1. I love the premise of this book! She gets other people to decide stuff for her? I have so been tempted to do that before! :P I think I'd really like this one - plus, the evil-but-not-as-evil-as-Voldemort-but-almost best friend really intrigues me! Great review Sonia, I want to read this now!

  2. I love reading your reviews, they always make me laugh! Your review for this book as well as the summary has me intrigued! -adds to wishlist- :D

  3. I love your review! I really need to read this book!

  4. LOL note to Sonia: Write more reviews just after you watch a Harry Potter movie :P This sounds good! I've been excited for Jessica's upcoming book, Unremembered (okay, like 2013, AGES AWAY), so I feel like reading one of hers in the mean time. This sounds like a good one to start with! And best friend not-as-evil as Voldemort but still evil.... yeah I'm intrigued :P

  5. I really want to read this book! The main character totally sounds like me--I seriously suck at making decisions :) Great review!

  6. Haha, this one sounds uber-cute. I think this one is perfect for me. Thanks for the review!


    I can't stop LOLinggggg! The premise for this one is so fresh and different! I haven't read any of Jessica's book yet but I think I'll pick this one up soon. If I have time, that is -_-

  8. Sounds funny! I love the comparison to Voldemort. Great review!

  9. I love that phrase, "decisionally challenged"!

    What a perfect cover...sounds like a really fun read.

  10. Liz: Yep. Fun, isn't it? I think I should start doing that. I'll let you, as my blog readers, decide my every move LOL.

    Renu: Aw, really? :D Thanks.

    Raimy: Thank you! Hope you get a chance :)

    Brodie: LOL will do ;) Maybe I should watch Twilight and see what comes out... I hadn't heard of Unremembered! Just looked it up though and it sounds good. Exactly what I need - more books to want that I can't have. *sobs*

    Karen: I think everyone kind of sucks at decision-making sometimes. It would be nice to have hundreds of people at your disposal to make the hard choices! Thanks :)

    Hafsah: Haha, hope so!! :)

    Alyssa: Yay, you're back! It was!

    Honey: GOOD. Every single time you say something to me, I laugh. ABOUT TIME IT WAS REVERSED. You and your never-ending quest for time... shall I lend you my time-turner?

    Jenna: It's awesome, the author tweeted me that she was like a mini-Voldemort. Glad it's not just me! Thanks :)

    The Book Girl: So do I :) I like the cover too!