Source: Library Book
Release Date: September 2, 2014
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.
So when I first read that this book was a mixture between Perks and Mean Girls, I was a little nervous. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. There were some things that I liked and there were some things that I wasn't a big fan of.
So something that I didn't like was sometimes I felt like the story was drug out a lot. I'm not really sure why, but it just seemed like that to me.
I really liked our main character, Anika. I thought she was a great main character. Sure she didn't have the best life, but she went through a lot and learned a lot of lessons throughout the book. I really liked how it was like she was having a conversation with the reader in some parts of the story too. I thought that really helped with connecting to her.
Then you get to the ending and oh man. That was something I was really not expecting. It was a huge plot twist and completely broke my heart. I just wanted to grab Anika and hug her and never let her go. I could never image how she was feelings. My heart broke when hers did.
Overall, I did enjoy this book even though it wasn't the best read in the world. I would recommend this book if you are a fan of either Mean Girls or Perks.'