Saturday, August 15, 2009

Review: Everything Sucks


Author:  Hannah Friedman

About the Book:
When everything sucks,
change everything . . .
And that's exactly what Hannah Friedman set out to do in an ambitious attempt to bust out of a life of obscurity and absurdity and into an alternate world of glamour, wealth, and popularity.

Being dubbed 'That Monkey Girl' by middle school bullies and being pulled out of sixth grade to live on a tour bus with her agoraphobic mother, her smelly little brother, and her father's hippie band mates convinces Hannah that she is destined for a life of freakdom.

But when she enters one of the country's most prestigious boarding schools on scholarship, Hannah transforms herself into everything she is not: cool. By senior year, she has a perfect millionaire boyfriend, a perfect GPA, a perfect designer wardrobe, and is part of the most popular clique in school, but somehow everything begins to suck far worse than when she first started. Her newfound costly drug habit, eating disorder, identity crisis, and Queen-Bee attitude lead to the unraveling of Hannah's very unusual life.

Putting her life back together will take more than a few clicks of her heels, or the perfect fit of a glass slipper, in this not-so-fairy tale of going from rock bottom to head of the class and back again.

My Review:   Now this was a memoir that I could get into.  If you've been a reader for awhile, you know that memoirs aren't really my thing, but since this one was in the YA genre, I decided to give it a try.

Hannah tells about real-life, teen-age life, in a prep school.  Her challenges are the challenges that many teenagers go through.  Her story is a completely honest and funny look at her experiences.  I enjoyed reading all about the "things that suck."  What teenager can't relate to that terminology?

This story will definitely take you back to the time when you were in your teens.  I could really relate to Hannah and I shared in her life and her emotions as I read.  This is one talented young writer and I hope there are many more books to come from her.

4 out of 5 stars to Hannah Friedman and Everything Sucks!


bermudaonion said...

I should be getting this one soon, and I can't wait!!

Beth F said...

Sounds like something to add to my list.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Great review!
I'm not sure about the cover, but I definitely love the title AND, most importantly, the story sounds interesting!

ANovelMenagerie said...

This author just contacted me for a review of this book. I'm looking forward to it. Have you seen her youtube video with the monkey?

I hope all is well with you!


Anna said...

I'm supposed to get this one soon, and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

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