Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Publish Date: June 2011
PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT! Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment. Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure. But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated! Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever. But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.
My Life Undecided was like a teen movie you might see on ABC Family or Disney Channel, but that’s not a diss since I’m a total sucker for those kinds of movies.
I love the whole idea of having other people vote on what decisions get made in your life. Generally, I wouldn’t let strangers (or people I know even) dictate my life for me like that, but sometimes it’d be nice if someone else would just take the wheel for a while. Although, after seeing how that worked out for Brooklyn, it’s not looking quite so appealing…
Brooklyn drove me a little insane. I liked being able to see her character grow throughout the story, but darnit, did she have to be so blind sometimes? I almost pumped my fist in the air when she decided she wasn’t going to be obsessed with her looks anymore, but a few chapters after that, she was right back at it.
It seemed like some characters (her sister) were in the story simply to get it from point A to point B which was pretty lame.
Final Thoughts: Overall, My Life Undecided was really cute. I laughed out loud a few times and even almost teared up at one point. If you’re looking for a quick, lighthearted read, this is definitely a good choice.
Rating: 3 stars