Friday, September 21, 2012

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody


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. (from GoodReads)

I really enjoyed The Karma Club so I was very excited to read more of Jessica Brody's work. Luckily for me, My Life Undecided was just as cute and fun!

Even though My Life Undecided was clearly meant for a younger audience (Brooklyn is 15, after all), it was still accessible to a wide age range. I loved the message of choices. The decisions you make are so important, especially for teenagers. Seeing Brooklyn develop and learn to make smart choices was the best part of the novel.

I also loved the blog aspect of the novel. Brooklyn starts a blog where she lets who readers make decisions for her. She was lucky to have a mature set of readers, who usually picked the "right" choice. Sometimes it was hilarious seeing Brooklyn do the things they picked, like try out for the women's rugby team.

Like The Karma Club, My Life Undecided espoused a great message, and it was an adorable novel to boot! Can't wait to see what else Jessica Brody has in store for us.

Rating: 7 out of 10.
FTC: received from publisher.

2011/Farrar, Straus, Giroux/320 pages.

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