Author: Andrea Portes
Date of Publication: Originally Jan 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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To say I had a few issues with this would be accurate. To say I struggled to get through this book would also be fairly accurate; although I didn’t hate it. The first thought I had when I finished it was that my thoughts were very mixed about this one, and it took me a while to work them out.
Let’s start in the traditional Charli way: if you know me, you know I’m all about characters. So for this particular book, my biggest issue was the protagonist. Honestly? To me, Anika wasn't any type of misfit, really; she was just annoying. It's more of a "I think being nerdy seems cute so that's what I am" situation than someone being genuinely an odd one out.
My second issue came down to the slut-shaming. As a massive feminist, it got old really quickly. Several other groups and sub-cultures are slammed in this book, and for me personally, it was uncomfortable to read. I think it was meant to be a part of the character, but it just didn't appeal to me.
I think I just generally disliked the writing style - Portes isn't a bad writer, as everything was written well, but it just wasn't for me.
My final issue was the love triangle. In this instance, it was quite pointless; you could tell which she actually wanted to date and no tension was formed from it. I would have preferred her to develop a proper romance that I could get invested in.
Positively, though? I enjoyed the humour and slight sass amongst the characters, and some of the concepts are fantastic. I didn't hate this, but I can't say it was ultimately for me.