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.

At first, I didn’t want to read this book because 79 pages into THE KARMA CLUB–also by Jessica Brody, I gave up. I hate bratty characters in stories, and Madison Kasparkova is one of my top ten most hated heroines. She is just so hard to like, to enjoy her narration.

I decided to read this book, however, partly because I actually liked 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER, but mostly because the premise sounded interesting to me.

I would lying if I said that I didn’t see parts of Madison in both Lexington Larabee and Brooklyn Pierce. They both had their moments, but neither of them were quite as horrifically annoying as Madison.

So I guess I liked Brooklyn. She matured as the story went on, and seeing that growth made me really happy.

This book was a fun read. I really liked the blog element to it. Some of the books I’ve read with blog elements in them are hard to read, hard to follow and drag down the story more than add another level to it. I loved the way the blog pages were set up. Bravo, Jessica Brody. Your format is by far one of my favorites when it comes to internet novels.

Only thing about this book: parts of it stretched my belief a little bit. Not to go so far as to say that it was unrealistic, but certain things–like how Brooklyn got into debate so quickly, or how her character did things I didn’t think that Madison would do–stretched my belief.

Anyhow, this is a really fun book. I liked the romance element to it and the ending. There is not a doubt in my mind that this is my favorite so far by Brody. 4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 320


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