BOOK REVIEW: Anatomy Of A Misfit – by Andrea Portes

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Title: Anatomy Of A Misfit
Author: Andrea Portes
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: September 2nd 2014
Finished reading: August 23rd 2015
Pages: 336
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“But if I can keep my mind on these pages I don’t have to care. I can make this all just go away. Poof. I can stay in this book and then this book gets to be real and everything else gets to be fake and who cares anyway.”

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I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews about Anatomy Of A Misfit and that probably explains why I have been posponing this read for so long. I might suffer of a YA realistic fiction overdose, because I wasn’t impressed at all by this one. A love triangle that’s mostly annoying, main characters I couldn’t really care about, prose that felt too forced-funny most of the time… This novel by Andrea Portes just didn’t manage to convince me. It’s a typical high school drama where the mean queen Becky rules over her school, and half Romanian Anika does everything Becky asks for to stay popular. Even if that means rejecting the unpopular Logan who clearly seems interested in her… When Anika agrees to date bad boy Jared instead, it truly shows how superficial she is. In fact, it felt that all characters were mostly stereotypes and I couldn’t really connect to them. The pace is fast and the prose is easy to read, but I still wouldn’t recommend Anatomy Of A Misfit unless you enjoy these kind of stories.

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Anika Dragomir looks like your typical blonde popular girl in school, but she doesn’t feel that way on the inside. Her father is Romanian, and people tend to say she has vampire DNA. Being friends with the most popular school and queen of mean Becky helps her keep her social position, but she knows that one mistake with Becky will turn her into a social pariah. So when Anika sees the newly improved loner Logan, she knows she has to stay away from him. But he looks hotter and more mysterious than ever… And Anika finds it hard to resist him. She has to keep their interactions a secret or Becky would make her life a living hell. And things are about to get more complicated as the bad boy everyone wants to be with, Jared, suddenly shows interest in her. What will she do and who will she choose?

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I was looking forward to Anatomy Of A Misfit, but I ended up being mostly disappointed by it. The whole story just felt like a huge cliche; characters, love triangle and ending included. I can’t deny it’s quite a quick read, but I feel there are better books belonging to the same genre out there. Still, if you enjoy realistic fiction with a (cheesy) love triangle and typical high school scenes, you will probably end up enjoying this read.

WWW Wednesdays #54 – August 26th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins the other day and so far I’m really enjoying it. Fingers crossed that it will live up to the hype! I’ve also decided that I want to finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt before the end of the month, so I will try to dedicate more time to it. Hopefully I will be able to finish it before my next WWW post!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Partly thanks to the Bout Of Books read-a-thon last week I was able to finish no less than NINE books. I guess this month is going to be a new record! I’m seriously behind on my reviews though, so I will have to start writing them soon before I start mixing up the different plots and characters…
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The first one on the list is Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Not as good as the main series, but it was interesting to learn more about how Levana became the person she is in the series. The prose was solid as always.
I continued with My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, and it was just as good as I was hoping for. Interesting characters, prose, plot… And the author described depression really well.
I read The Death Cure by James Dashner next and wasn’t impressed. I felt it lacked a proper plot and I wasn’t a fan of the ending… Definitely my least favorite book of the series so far.
Joyland by Stephen King was good: I loved the 1973 carnival setting and the prose was interesting as always. I didn’t see the ending coming for sure!
The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith was my TBR jar pick last week and unfortunately not as good as I thought it would be… Some of  the scenes just were too cheesy for me.
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Next up is Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I’m still not sure what to think of it; it’s highly original, but I’m not sure the humor didn’t go too far at points or if I actually liked some of the main characters.
I then couldn’t wait any longer and read Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.  This part was even better than the first and unfortunately ended with a big cliffhanger as well.
Anatomy Of A Misfit by Andrea Portes wasn’t that great. I didn’t like most characters or the fact that it has a love triangle and the ending felt forced.
Last up is All Fall Down by Ally Carter, a read I have been looking forward to and even though it wasn’t what I was expecting, I ended up really enjoying it! The ending is a mayor cliffhanger though; I need the sequel!!!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I will probably try to read The Kill Order by James Dashner so I can finish the series…Hopefully I will like it better than The Death Cure. I have been wanting to read Legend by Marie Lu for ages, so hopefully I will be able to finally start that series… And I have been wanting to read None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio for a long time as well. The last one on this list is my newest TBR jar pick: I Was Here by Gayle Forman. This one was already on my Bout Of Books TBR, so I will probably get to it soon.