Book Review: Anatomy of a Misfit


Title: Anatomy of a Misfit
Author: Andrea Portes
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary & Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: My Best Friend
Rating: 5 Stars

This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.

Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.

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Gracie’s Review:

Anatomy of a Misfit was so emotional from the beginning to the end. I was so engraved into this book. It ruined me, in such a good way. The feels from this book is so strong. It was so real, even though it is based on a true story. If you didn’t know that then you would be like this is a fucked up world. Then it came to me, this world is sorta fucked up. Like what happens in this book is really crazy.

Everything is about Anatomy of a Misfit is amazing. From the cover to the way it’s written. I think that the cover is so different from other cover. The way the tittle is written and it’s working the yellow. Then the way it was written is so awesome. At some parts it’s like she’s talking to you, and you think “Hey that makes total sense”. Another thing about the writing that I love how some chapters show what’s going to happen in the future, but it doesn’t really tell you what happens all you know is that something bad is going to happen.

I can relate to Anika so much. I find her to a strong character who finds herself. She is so passionate about everything she believes in. Also she’s very protective with people who she loves. She’s is just a regular teen who doesn’t know what to do. If I was growing up with Anika I would be her best friend because she’s awesome. She’s a misfit and that makes her so amazing because she not afraid to show it .

If you like The Fault in our stars, Mean Girls, and anything that ruins your soul but you can’t get it Anatomy of a Misfit is the book you need. And have a box of tissues near by. The ending will crush your heart and it will take forever to get it back together again.

About the Author:
Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded novel, HICK. The book was her debut novel and was made into a feature film starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis. Andrea Portes was honored to write the screenplay adaptation. Her new book Bury This, came out in February 2014, and examines the 1979 murder of a young woman and its effect on a small town in Michigan. An impressionistic literary thriller about the murder of a young girl in small-town Michigan in 1979. The book has been critically lauded, hailed by the New York TImes as “exquisite.”

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasilia, Texas, Rio De Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College, where she attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English Literature. She then earned her Masters in Fine Arts degree from UC-San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble and living in a world far beyond the ivory tower existence she had led for so long. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks, somewhere amidst the hurly burly of those reprobate days.

Currently, Andrea is in the midst of the negotiating the movie option for BURY THIS, as well as writing her fourth book, part of a two-book deal with HarperCollins. Her third book, ANATOMY OF A MISFIT, will be out in September 2014. She lives in Los Angeles and is represented by Josie Freedman at ICM and Katie Shea at Donald Maass Literary Agency.

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