*REVIEW* Anatomy of a Misfit


In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she's a freak; she can't stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled and off-limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika's life hell if she's seen with him. So Anika must choose—ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? An absolutely original new voice in YA in a story that will start important conversations—and tear at your heart.

Anatomy of a Misfit was one of those books that you just couldn't put down, even if you weren't sure WHY at some points. There were some things I didn't love about this book, like some of the teen speak and the use of some words, and the ending broke my heart, but all in all, this was a solid debut for Andrea Portes.

Anatomy of a Misfit introduces us to Anika, a popular girl who is terrified of the disapproval of the Queen Bee of the school, Becky, a nasty little piece of work who will not hesitate to steamroll anyone who gets in her way. Anika is fine keeping the status quo until she starts talking to Logan, a fellow classmate who went from not to hot over the summer. There's an undeniable attraction between them but Anika knows that she will be committing social suicide if anyone finds out. Will Anika stand up for what she wants, and what feels right, no matter the cost? Or will she discover too late everything she should have known all along?

Any woman is definitely going to be able to relate to the mean girl vibe in this book, even if you didn't experience it yourself, you likely know someone who did. I work in a high school and sadly, you see this all the time. Why girls are SO mean to each other, I will never understand. This book captures the high school experience all too vividly and you FEEL for Anika as you watch her waste time she should be spending with the people important to her, even if they're not part of the cool kids crowd. Anika learns some important lessons in this book, lessons that Portes delivers in an excruciatingly heartbreaking and honest way.

Expected publication date: September 2, 2014 by Harper Children's

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