by Andrea Portes
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Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Harper Children’s
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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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. (Goodreads)
Anika was a really interesting character, she was snarky and sarcastic, popular and pretty, but deep down she was something else entirely. It did take me a bit to warm up to Anika, as she does some things that were really disappointing. But she also surprised me when she did something completely opposite, like standing up for the underdog. I felt like I never really knew what to expect from her, and I flew through the pages to see what she was going to do next. She wanted to do good things, she really did, but she wasn’t willing to risk losing her status to do so, unfortunately.
Anatomy of a Misfit is one of those books that will really make you stop and think, “Is it worth it?”. Was it worth it for Anika to be part of the popular crowd? To just do the things she did so that she wouldn’t be shunned by the people in her school, at the hands of her bully best friend? Is it worth it to instead go along with the bully and feel like crap for the things that you do? I remember being in high school, and it definitely is a tough time. But there’s one thing to always remember, these people you go to high school with, you will most likely never see again after graduation. So why do anything you don’t want to do to impress someone else? I wanted to shake some sense into Anika throughout the book to make her see this point.
The book was definitely written for a different time period, which I assume was close to the time of the authors’ youth. There is no mention of cell phones, computers or anything modern. That doesn’t take away from the story at all, however. The book had its moments and gave me a mix of emotions. I laughed, I sighed, I felt disappointed, I teared up a bit… It made me feel all these feelings in such a short amount of time. The ending of the book was both heartbreaking and hopeful. What I found most interesting about this book was that it was a semi-autobiography. And I thought my high school years were wild!
Overall; Anatomy of a Misfit was a really interesting read. It’s definitely a book that will make you stop and think. I am really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future!