Published - 7th June 2011
Publisher - Farrar, Straus, Giroux (BYR)
Format - Format
Synopsis - PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT! Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment. Here’s
the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am
decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good
decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including
that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally
burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure. But
see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my
decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let
someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or
whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from
that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver
in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I
even let them decide who I dated! Well, it turns out there are
some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like
who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than
ever. But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide
for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or
maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.
I came across a short story relating to My Life Undecided and as is always the way with these things, by the time I was getting into it, it was over. Luckily Annamarie helped me out and let me read her copy of the book.
For the most part, it was as I expected; a quick, fluffy read without too much going on or taxing. I realise that makes it sound like I didn't enjoy the book but I did - it was what I was looking for. Sometimes there's nothing better than a nice simple read. My Life Undecided follows the (bad) life decisions of Brooklyn Pierce - a teenager who just can't seem to catch a break. As you can probably guess, Brooks finds herself in a position that she can't charm her way out of and that kickstarts her new idea to give the decision making to the people of the internet. That way, she can't be held accountable for whatever happens.
Throughout the book we see Brooklyn's blog posts, poll results and see what happens when she does, or doesn't play by her own rules. Personally I was hoping that there would be more blog posts throughout the book being as that's what really got me interested. I thought the format of the book would be different from the regular words-on-a-page book. I was glad that Brooklyn eventually became the person that she wanted to be, because I was so freaking mad when she continued to make the same mistakes. I'm a pretty good judge of character and so it frustrates me endlessly when Brooklyn fails to see Shayne's toxicity. The romance in the book was pretty confusing for me too. Throughout My Life Undecided, Brooklyn is associated with Hunter and Brian and honestly, they are both pretty good guys from what I can tell. Naturally, one wins out and I'm super pleased about it but I can't help but feel bad for the other!
If you're looking for a quick, fun read then My Life Undecided might be for you.