Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
Pages: 320.

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.
After reading dark and depressing books for almost an entire month, I was ready for something extremely light and contemporary, something to entertain and make me smile. My Life Undecided did not disappoint.

While I very much enjoyed The Karma Club, I absolutely loved My Life Undecided. At first, I was a bit concerned with the protagonist, Brooklyn’s, age. Fifteen is a bit too young to be seriously contemplating your life’s decisions, in my opinion. But Jessica Brody wrote Brooklyn with so much innocence and adolescence that it definitely worked without seeming unrealistic and cliché. Brooklyn’s attitude and personality is so appropriate that I felt like the book was actually being read to me from the head of fifteen-year-old who was generally confused about the directions her life was taking her.

And I also loved the plot. It was simple, quirky, but at the end, it definitely made me stop and think about how I make my own decisions. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but Jessica definitely weaved some great advice into Brooklyn’s story. And a lot of people will say that the plot is too unrealistic, but I disagree. With Facebook and Twitter, nowadays, people rely on the internet for just about anything and everything. Reading as Brooklyn posted polls and entries to her blog, reacting to the results and actually acting on them - I thought it was all wonderfully written and so entertaining, as if I was part of the decision making process as well.

Overall, My Life Undecided is a quick, charming read that will make you smile and think at the same time. It’s a bit cheesy at times, but it’s adorable and a little dose of dairy never hurt anyone. (Except maybe the lactose intolerant …) I can’t wait to read more from Jessica Brody!

Other reviews for My Life Undecided:
Books At Midnight.
The Hiding Spot.
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf.
The Book Worms.


  1. This one sounds too cute! I have been reading some pretty heavy reads lately so I would to read something like this to lighten up my mood. =)

  2. I love that line (a little dose of diary never hurt anyone) lol totally stealing it!!

  3. My Life Undecided sounds really cute. The perfect summer read.

    And I love the new design!

  4. This book sounds so cute! I loved The Karma club so I'm going to have to check this out! Thanks for the review!