My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody(Goodreads profile)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux (Macmillan)
Release Date: June 7, 2011
PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!My Life Undecided is a light, fresh read that left me entertained and satisfied upon completion.
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.
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.