Vain by Fisher Amelie
Blurb from Goodreads:
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
So I devoured this book quite quickly. I had heard such good things from many different people and I decided to see what all the hype was about. It was well earned hype!!! These were the things I loved about this book
1. The orphanage in Uganda, while I am sure is fictional, is based on real horrible things going on in that part of Africa. Kony is a real evil man. In the fall of 2006, the Invisible Children organization, who we all know now due to the wonders of social media, came to College of Idaho when I was attending there. It was the first time I had heard of what was happening. It broke my heart. I am a fixer, and when I have no control over how to fix things, I feel at such a loss. I loved how Amelie brought in this real issue in this wonderful fictional story. I think more authors should do this, to gain awareness that is so desperately needed for many different issues in the world.
2. The action, I love romances that have action in it. I think it showcases strength from the characters that they do not even know they have. It brings out the true in people when they are faced with situations that require flight or fight responses.
3. Sophie. This girl is stripped of everything that she thinks makes her, well her, minus her beauty. She has to find herself and I liked how the simpleness in a complex world brings her to find the true beauty that she is.
4. Ian and Sophie are pretty awesome together, and their romance was more than physical but about being partners, opening up, and depending on each other. It was so sweet. The book also was pretty innocent, no really crazy steamy scenes.
5.The writing is great, having read Callum and Harper, Amelie's other work, I didn't even realize it was the same author. I felt that there was real growth between the two books. There are some great passages but I am not going to share because I hope you discover them yourself and feel the depth they bring.
Overall, I say GO read this book. The only thing I didn't like was the cover, I think it gives this book too much of a light feel (plus that is not at all how I invision Sophie) so ignore the cover, because there is so much more in this book.
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