Mar 4, 2015

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes


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 from Romania. Everyone else in Nebraska is about as American as an apple pie . . . wrapped in a flag . . . on the Fourth of July.
Spider stew. That's what Anika is made of. But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauser, first most popular girl in school, will make her life a living 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 . . . ?
Logan. Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates?


I received this book from the lovely Carmel and Kyla

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 Anika Dragomir is popular, she isn't the most popular girl at school, but being third isn't so bad. She looks sweet and kind, but inside she's entirely different. She's made of spider stew. It doesn't help that her father is from Romania and that he's probably a vampire. Anika is all smiles and good behavior, otherwise Becky, who is the most popular girl at school, will destroy her life completely. Becky doesn't like it when Anika is being interested in Logan. He's a loser and she doesn't want them to hang out together. Only Anika can't stay away from him and she finds out more about him and his difficult life at home. Unfortunately hanging out with someone she fancies isn't important, or is it? She can become even more popular when she's going out with Jared Kline, which will certainly improve her status. 

Anika doesn't like the way she's inside very much. She's bitchy, snappy and she has all kinds of dark thoughts. On the outside she's imperturbable and she's so smart and lovely that everyone thinks she's great. She doesn't agree with them, as she steals for fun and she has no conscience, but is that really true? Is Anika the person who she thinks she is inside?

Anatomy of a Misfit is a story about a teenager who doesn't appreciate herself very much. She also doesn't like her father and the same goes for her stepfather and her sisters. She thinks her best friend is a slut and she only tolerates Becky, because she doesn't want to be one of her victims. This makes her do all kinds of things she doesn't really want to do. Anika is bored and when she finally finds someone who doesn't bore her she isn't sure if he's cool enough to hang out with. Peer pressure is often strong, it always influences her actions of lack thereof and Anika has a lot to learn. 

I enjoyed the writing style of this book which is honest and sometimes crude. Anika is a great main character. She's certainly not perfect, but I liked her immediately, spider stew or not. Anatomy of a Misfit is funny because of Anika, she's witty, snappy and sarcastic. This together with the sometimes over the top language made the story more believable and unique. I loved the development in the story and the growth of the main character. It all results in a great story with a beautiful plot.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reviewing the book! <3 I wish more books are like this funny yet believable and realistic. Books like Anatomy of a Misfit are reasons why contemporaries are my favorite!


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