This novel of friendship, family and change in a modern girl’s world follows 15-year-old Laura Brown, a plain girl with big problems. Laura is an average teenager of a divorced family, she dislikes her dad, detests her stepmom, doesn’t talk to her mom and never sees her sister. Add in a new best friend and an annoying stepbrother and you’ve got a glimpse of Laura’s life. Laura doesn’t think anyone will understand her situation. Can you?
After reading this book, I’m not really sure Laura understood her situation.
Upon reading the description, I was worried that this would be the story of a whiny teenage girl, and that’s exactly what it was. She hates everyone and everyone is out to get her – she even criticizes her one year old sister for not being able to pronounce her brother’s names correctly. Not only is it hard to like or relate to Laura, it’s hard to follow the story – there are so many grammatical and punctuation errors that it’s hard to follow what’s happening. The entire story is written from the first person point-of-view, but each chapter is a different character’s POV, and it can take a paragraph or two to even figure out who the chapter is about.
Overall, the characters are unrelatable, the plot has several holes, and the book is just hard to read. I hope the author continues to write, but I hope she’ll consider hiring a professional editor next time.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.