Vain by Fisher Amelie, Book Review

 

 

Goodreads Blurb

If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah…then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price… And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

 

My Review

Rating: 3*

I was pleasantly surprised with this book, it wasn’t what I was expecting. I, wrongly, assumed it would be quite vacuous teenage angst. 

It wasn’t. 

It was a sentimental, yet moving, story of self-discovery and redemption. There were moments when the story made me laugh out loud or blink back a tear. I liked the originality of the setting and the sensitive handling of the subject matter. There were moments of real tenderness captured in this story and I think it’s a great example of a NA novel. Ms Amelie flirted with the line beautifully without ever crossing it.

Where it fell short was in the editing. It needed a good old edit, both for grammatical errors and sentence structure. I say this because the book has so much potential, with a bit better editing it would be a smoother read, leaving more room for the subtlety of the story to breathe.

All told, a touching story well worth reading.

 

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