Title: My Life Undecided
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Pages: 320 Hardcover
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review
PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!
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. (Summary from Goodreads.com)
This is a book that reminds me of the days when I really started getting into Y.A. books. It is exactly like the fun, light-hearted books that carried simple, beautiful messages with them. Jessica Brody creates a fun character and a kind of crazy (yet totally believable and possibly real) storyline in My Life Undecided!
Brooklyn “Brooks” Pierce is a girl who is always getting in to trouble. Whether it is intentional or not, she always seems to be in the center of some tiny disaster. You know, one of those people who are always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Except for Brooks it may be attributed to her poor decision making skills. She does first, thinks later in nearly every situation. This is certainly the case when she agrees to have a party in her mom’s model home. She didn’t think it was a bad idea until AFTER the place burnt down. The story follows Brooks as she tries to be more conscious of the decisions she is making. In an attempt to make better choices, she enlists the help of blog readers. She posts a poll every time she has to make up her mind about something. How crazy is that!?!
I loved Brooklyn! She is a true teenage girl in this book. She tries hard to fit in, stay popular, but all the wrong choices and mistakes she has made are finally taking a toll on her. Once she loses all her friends and her parents are pretty angry at her (HELLO, she burnt down their model home!) she tries so extremely hard to make good decision. I love the drive that Brooks has to be better. She tells her blog readers exactly what choices she is faced with and she stays true to whatever they pick out for her. Some may not be the most fun options, no to a date with a super hot guy, and yes to the debate team, but by choosing these, Brooks gets to try a whole slew of new activities that allow her to grow as a person.
This book is also filled with side characters (you know I LOVE a good side character!) that bring this whole book to life. Heimlich….uh I mean Brian (Heimlich is the name Brooks gives him on her blog due to a HILARIOUS situation in the book); fellow debate team member is such a sweet guy! He is the one that is there for Brooks when all of her friends abandon her. He stays by her side and always pushes her to do better. You can tell there is an attraction between them, even if he is a bit nerdy but also kind of cute, yet Brooks has her heart set on Rhett Butler (his blog name) otherwise known as Hunter.
I kind of loved that Jessica Brody created two great guys. The whole time reading this, I kept expecting to hate Hunter. I just had this feeling that he would do something to hurt Brooks but this is not the case. Hunter is kind and pays attention to Brooks, there is just something missing, no chemistry between them. You hardly see two really good guys in a book which makes for a really hard decision on Brooks’ end!
Mrs. Moody, a woman who really takes after her last name is such a great small character. She is an old, cranky woman that Brooks reads to for community service hours. She doesn’t make things easy for Brooks and she certainly makes feeling welcome awfully hard but Brooks really learns a lot from her! She learns about compassion, patience, and how giving to people without something in return is truly rewarding. When Brooks first starts reading to Mrs. Moody she hates every minute of it but near the end she looks forward to her time with her. I <3 that!
This was definitely a cute book! I loved the characters and how well-rounded and real they were. I love that the Brooks spends the whole book trying to become a better person. I love that she asks blog readers to help her out! I love that every situation she is put in, ultimately has a hilarious ending. My Life Undecided is a book that will make you laugh and cringe with all of Brooks’ mistakes but also make you love her to death when she finally learns that sometimes you just have to choose what is best for YOU!