If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.
Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.
I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Summary taken from http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16137702-vain
I read this book on recommendation from an author I like and as I trudged through the first couple chapters, I'll be honest... I wanted to punch Sophie Price right in the boob. She is the epitome of vain, a master of manipulation, on a dangerous road to self-destruction, and an overall grade A bitch. However, as the story progresses you start to see glimpses of vulnerability under her hard shield and gain an understanding of why she is so closed off and cold. I don't want to go too far into detail as to what happens to her, but I will say that she undergoes a beautiful and inspiring transformation. Seriously, the Sophie at the beginning of the story and the Sophie at the end of the story are polar opposites. (Thank goodness!)
The plot is different than many of the regular self-discovery love stories out there. Fisher Amelie does an amazing job of weaving Sophie's fictional journey with current issues that the world should be made more aware of. She doesn't shy away from sharing any of the horror and loss that real people in this world are currently experiencing. It was quite moving and really spoke to my heart. Her writing was great, and again, the premise of the story was refreshingly unique.
Despite my love for the story, there are a few teeny tiny things that I need to complain about. First off, I felt like I needed a little more background on Sophie. There were several references to someone who died and this loss seemed to be a driving force behind her bad behavior in the beginning, but there is never any information given about it. It was a tad frustrating. Secondly, Ian (the sweet and selfless man candy in the story... and MAJOR dreamboat might I add! Seriously... hubba, hubba!) seemed to have a mysterious and bad boy past that is never fully explained either. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED this story, but I do wish there was a little more to it. 196 pages wasn't enough for me! I wanted it to go on and on. I highly recommend this book and would give it a strong 4 stars!
Happy Reading, Y'all! =)