Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Review: Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: September 25th, 2014
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?
I'd been looking forward to this book for a long time before finally getting a copy. I started it straight away and, sadly, was very disappointed. I hate to write negative reviews, I really do, but there's hardly anything I liked about this book. I can't even remember the main character's name! [Note: it's Anika.]
The premise is the only aspect of Anatomy of a Misfit I can talk about positively. I like contemporary novels set in high school, especially ones likened to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Mean Girls, so I had high hopes for this one. It could have worked as well, and been a brilliant study of how popular girls can fall and change their ways, but the overall execution left a bad taste in my mouth.
I was honestly shocked with the language used in this novel. I'm no prude when it comes to swearing in real life, and I don't even mind it in literature, but there's a time and a place for certain words and, in my opinion, this YA book is not it. The four-letter 'C' word is used twice, for no reason whatsoever, and it's so out of place and unnecessary. I'm not actually sure how it made it through editing, but it did. I wish that the language used was my only problem with this book, but it's not!
Every character in this book is unlikeable, with most being borderline racist (they refer to the one and only black character as a "negro", and treat her like a complete outcast) and homophobic. Frankly, their attitudes towards other people made me uncomfortable and I almost stopped reading altogether on more than one occasion. Everyone is shallow, selfish and mean - the kind of mean that can't really be redeemed in a few hundred pages. Suffice it to say I would not, under any circumstances, be friends with a single person in this story.
In addition to characters that are all too easy to forget, the themes running through this novel are puzzling ones. The ending failed to stir any emotions in me, even though I think it should have. By that point I was way past caring, which is highly unusual for me. I could go on and on about why I hated this book, but I think I'll leave it there. I can't recommend Anatomy of a Misfit based on my personal experience, but I do know that other readers have enjoyed it.