TITLE: Anatomy of a Misfit
AUTHOR: Andrea Portes
GENRES: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
DATE READ: November 3, 2014
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.
My initial thoughts after finishing this book: “Why does this book has a bad review? This is so good!” I literally cried after reading this book. LITERALLY.
Ceaseless.Almost too much for this small frame.You make me part of the sky.’
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK
2. It’s you know surprising in sense that you’ll think this is just another insecure-slash-wanting-to-be-famous-teenage-girl-story BUT suddenly it will turn upside down, drop down lessons in life like a bomb that’ll leave you contemplating life and crying for hours.
3. The main characters POV is really interesting. I know most of us hate it when there’s more POV voice over than dialogue. But this one really works. I mean you’ll not get bored by Anika’s POVs. You’ll find yourself disagreeing with her thoughts but AGREEING most of the time because at some point in your life, you’ll probably do what she did if you were on her shoes in that exact moment. I really LIKE ANIKA. She’s like most of us. A person who’s struggling to fit in, to do so, she blindly agrees and please that bitchy Becky. But then she’ll grow just like all of us and will learn to say what she wants and be what she wanna be.
4. LOGAN and his haiku and his special love for Annika.
5. It shows that there are tons of people that might be good enough for you. But there’s only one person that will make you feel like you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to them. *coughs Logan McDonough*
WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT THE BOOK
Half of our lives are spent weighing things over and over again, whether this one’s a better option than this one, whether this pair of jeans will make me look cooler than this one. We always worry about what other people will think of us. Often times, we found ourselves choosing a bunch of douche bag people to hang out with over good and kind hearted people just because we don’t want to look uncool.
We often have tons of voice over inside our heads. And those words never come out our mouths because we think what others might say if we’ll be so frank. That’s why we always found ourselves choosing sugar coated words that’ll suit the taste of the people we want to please.
We found ourselves living in a tiptoeing moment wherein you have to be careful while walking or else you might trip down and others will laugh at you. Because of that, we failed to live in the present moment. We failed to appreciate the things in front of us for we always look sideways to check what others might say to this thing. We failed to see the stuff that REALLY makes us feel good because it’s really good in our eyes and not because it’s good according to others.
And above all, we often neglect the people who truly care about us because others think that hanging out with them will make you a loser.
AND SERIOUSLY, THIS BOOK TAUGHT ME TO BE ME. TO ALWAYS BE ME AND NEVER TRY TO BE SOMEONE I’M NOT. IT TAUGHT ME TO LIFT MY HEAD UP AND NEVER CARE ABOUT A SINGLE SHITTY THINGS PEOPLE SAY. BECAUSE IN THE END, WHAT MATTERS MOST IS MY OWN OPINION, MY OWN HEART AND MY OWN DECISION BECAUSE IT’S MY LIFE AND I SHOULD BE IN FULL CONTROL OF IT.
Appreciate the things, the opportunity and the people in front of you before it’s too late. Never mind what people would say because you sure the heck knows what’s best for your life than anybody else.