My Life Undecided
Brooklyn, or Brooks for short, has trouble following close on her heels. She doesn't get in trouble intentionally. Or so she says. It's just that all the ideas she has that sound fantastic at the time end in, well, sirens and video cameras. What's a girl to do? Why poll the Internet of course! If you can't make a good decision yourself, why not let other people make it for you!
Brooklyn's voice was spot on for a high school aged girl, who is just trying to get by. She has all the normal issues that most girls her age do, including coming to terms with who to include in her life. What I loved about most about Brooklyn's character, truly, was that she was so honest with herself all the time. It's not like she didn't know when she'd messed up, or what the consequences would be, or even that her blog readers were right in certain situations. She is spunky, and stubborn, and just a huge ball of a lovable character. Every few pages the reader is treated to a new page in Brooklyn's blog, and I loved how much that let us get to know her. As the book progresses, she learns that life doesn't always work the way we want it to, but that's okay sometimes. Watching her grow into her own was fabulous.
The other characters that revolve around Brooklyn are also vivid and filled with personality. I especially was drawn in by the two guys who are in her life. There's Hunter, the hot and dreamily Southern guy who is the apple of Brooklyn's eye. He may or may not be the best choice, but he sure is delicious! Then there's Brian. I loved Brian, but I generally root for the underdog in most cases. He was the sweet, debate loving boy who clearly adores the girl he is hanging around but is stuck in the friend zone. Poor guy! The focus isn't heavily on the romance aspect, which I liked, but it's there. Never fear my romance loving friends. I fell in love with all these crazy characters, and I'm sure you will too.
I'll stop going on and on now, and just let you know that I really and truly adored My Life Undecided. There are laugh out loud funny moments in here that are too numerous to count. Jessica Brody has written a book that is sweet, funny, and just full of high school drama goodness. You won't find anything tough about finishing this book. It's a quick read that will leave you giggling at the end!
I love the whole idea of having other people vote on what decisions get made in your life. Generally, I wouldn’t let strangers (or people I know even) dictate my life for me like that, but sometimes it’d be nice if someone else would just take the wheel for a while. Although, after seeing how that worked out for Brooklyn, it’s not looking quite so appealing…
Brooklyn drove me a little insane. I liked being able to see her character grow throughout the story, but darnit, did she have to be so blind sometimes? I almost pumped my fist in the air when she decided she wasn’t going to be obsessed with her looks anymore, but a few chapters after that, she was right back at it.
It seemed like some characters (her sister) were in the story simply to get it from point A to point B which was pretty lame.
Final Thoughts: Overall, My Life Undecided was really cute. I laughed out loud a few times and even almost teared up at one point. If you’re looking for a quick, lighthearted read, this is definitely a good choice.
Also, it's funny and always entertaining.
It actually started out with a much more serious problem than I anticipated, but the main character, Brooks had a voice that kept me entertained, and managed to keep it lighthearted.
The characters were great, and it was fun to watch Brooks learn from her blog readers' input and how she grew into making her own decisions. Her best friend turned frenemy was well written and she really fit into her role. Her crushes, Brian and Hunter were completely different and desirable in their own ways. Another secondary character, Ms. Moody was great. I love how elderly have been featured in a few YA books recently, they have so much to offer, and I love old people.
It was fun to watch everything play out, try to figure out what the readers would pick for her, and how she reacts to her new experiences and choices she otherwise wouldn't have made.
This is a spectacular contemporary, with lots of laughs and some tender serious moments sprinkled in.