Review of Anatomy of A Misfit

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.

 I have a habit of just putting new releases on hold of the library without really knowing what it is about. This one was definitely a bit confusing. A friend asked me what the book was about when I was 80% done and I could not figure out how to explain it. 

  • I liked Anika. I know that high school is hard and being yourself is tough, but I think that Anika was finally starting to get it. I like Anika's back story maybe even more then the present. I would have loved the story of her life with her father. 
  • There is kinda insta-love with the boys in this story. It isn't horrible but more like the moral of the story.
  • This book is really different. I quite honestly do not even know how I feel about it or how to describe it. 
  • The book just did not have a huge climax or plot. I was lost as to what the heck I was reading about. I think that totally until the last two characters, I was hanging loose. I almost wish that the book started at the end and then went back, then concluded. It was like the brainstorming was not fully thought out.


  1. It sounds like a very confusing story, although just reading the book blurb makes me want to read it! I'll probably give this one a miss:-)

  2. Eek, this one doesn't sound as great as the blurb made it out to be. I'll probably pass on this one too, or at least knock it down a bit on my TBR. Nice review Missie! :)

  3. I feel like this is one I am going to pass simply because I am someone who likes a pretty straightforward plot where I always know what is happening and can understand. And I am not sure I like the idea of instalove, even if it supposed to happen. Great review anyway :)


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