Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Talk & Giveaway: ANATOMY OF A MISFIT by Andrea Portes

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Anika knows to pretend to have everything together - the way it looks from the outside. She's the third-most popular girl in school, blonde, attractive, and always in the sights of Becky - the penultimate popular girl, who is just waiting for Anika to slip up so she can grind her to a powder under her dainty heel.

When Logan - the brooding, black leather jacket-wearing former nerd - comes back to school with an edge Anika can't ignore, she tries to smother it. Logan won't do anything for her social status, even if the breathtaking art projects he creates are clearly inspired by her. Besides, Jared, the bad-boy everyone wants has been paying attention to her - why throw that away?

As she gets to know Logan better she learns that his dark, brooding side matches her own well-hidden one perfectly. She's the only one that knows his darkness is hardly an act, growing from a home life that he'd love to escape. As Logan's circumstances grow worse, and Anika's social status more firmly entrenched, she has to decide which part of herself to embrace - or if she can be both.

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