11 June 2014

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Publisher: Harlequin Teen      
Publication date: May 13th 2014
My rating: 3 stars

Some secrets are too good to keep. 
Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat. 
Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.
Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.
Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.
But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

Hmmm. I expected more from this book because so many people've been saying how much they loved Corey's debut novel so I had higher expectations. 

Contemporary is my favorite genre. Everyone knows this and I've had luck with a lot Harper Teen titles so I don't even hesitate when I see a new one. While I did found this book interesting I still felt there was something strange about it and that's the main reason I didn't give a higher rating. 

Tabitha founds herself falling for a taken guy. Her friends abandoned her because she grew boobs, started wearing eye liner and tighter clothes. She was too pretty for her friends and the thought of someone saying that makes me cringe. Her father can't seem to give up pot while her mother's pregnant. Tabitha calls her parents by their first name which I also didn't like. While reading notes from an used book she finds a link to a web site. There she's suppose to share a secret and the committee is going to give her an assignment. She only complicates her life even more. 

My friend asked me what I thought of this book and I told her that I felt like Luna Lovegood wrote a book about every day adventures of a muggle teenager. It was so weird. 

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