Anatomy of a Misfit
By Andrea Portes
Available Sept 2014
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?
This Blonde’s Review:
We can’t see what people are like inside just by looking at them. To look at her Anika is a popular, perfect, and blonde. Inside, she calls herself spider stew. Anika steals from her boss simply because she can, she doesn’t think well of her family or her friends or herself. She is more concerned with maintaining her popularity than being happy so she goes along with whatever Becky says even when it hurts other people.
In this book we get to see what it’s like for a girl who has to decide between the guy she can’t stop thinking about and the life she’s always known. When her life starts to come together better than she planned, and the guy everyone wants is interested in her, she can either make her secret life public or give him up. When you make a choice sometimes you can’t take it back.
This book had damaged characters all around. The hated and feared girl who ruled the school, the loner with the screwed up family life, the slut from the super religious family, and quite a few other commonly written high school characters that I don’t remember seeing in my high school. As Anika navigates all of this she has to decide what matters to her and who she needs to have in her life. When Logan does something that scares her she thinks the choice is easy. Until she realizes what really matters to her and thinks she can change her mind and go back to him. Life isn’t always as easy as changing your mind.
I couldn’t quite decide if I liked the characters in this book or not. Anika kept placing her popularity too high, Logan was so great until he suddenly wasn’t, Jared seemed like he might be more until he started to seem like exactly what he was rumored to be, and Becky was never anything but awful. It wasn’t until the very end that I had these characters pegged, around the same time that Anika herself figured it out. So it was interesting but I’m not sure that I can say whether I liked it or didn’t. At this point… it it somewhere in the middle. I can’t say that I disliked it. So I’m pretty sure I’d give the author another chance to see how I feel about other things she writes. And I’ll also see how I feel about this book on further thought. Sometimes you get a better idea after you think about it a little longer, either because you dismiss it or realize it sits with you. I’ll let you know if it sits with me.