My Life Undecided

My Life Undecided

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Jessica Brody

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  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Format: Hardback | 299 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 36mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0374399050
  • ISBN 13: 9780374399054
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 833,636

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PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!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 decide which book I read for English. And 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.

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Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started "self-publishing" her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape. Brody graduated from Smith College in 2001 with a double major in Economics and French and a minor in Japanese. She went to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development, and then, in 2005, she quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author. Brody is the author of the young adult novel "The Karma Club" and two novels for adults--"The Fidelity Files" and "Love Under Cover." Jessica's books are published in over ten foreign countries including the U.K., France, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, China, Portugal, and Taiwan. She now works full time as a writer and producer, and currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

Customer reviews

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 11 Nov 2011 5

Once I read the description, I knew that I had to read this, and My Life Undecided did not disappoint. It is such a neat and original premise, and Ms. Brody executes it amazingly.
It actually started out with a much more serious problem than I anticipated, but the main character, Brooks had a voice that kept me entertained, and managed to keep it lighthearted.
The characters were great, and it was fun to watch Brooks learn from her blog readers' input and how she grew into making her own decisions. Her best friend turned frenemy was well written and she really fit into her role. Her crushes, Brian and Hunter were completely different and desirable in their own ways. Another secondary character, Ms. Moody was great. I love how elderly have been featured in a few YA books recently, they have so much to offer, and I love old people.
It was fun to watch everything play out, try to figure out what the readers would pick for her, and how she reacts to her new experiences and choices she otherwise wouldn't have made.
This is a spectacular contemporary, with lots of laughs and some tender serious moments sprinkled in.

By TeensReadToo 07 Aug 2011 5

Trouble follows Brooklyn. It might have something to do with the horrible decisions she makes. After her arrest, her parents pick her up from jail and she has plenty of time to start thinking of how to make her life better. Because she's grounded for eternity.

To make matters worse, her BFF pretends the last five years didn't exist. Brooklyn, once a girl in the spotlight, becomes a wallflower.

She starts a blog where her readers will make her decisions for her. Should she try out for the rugby team? Should she join the debate club? Should she continue to eat lunch in the library or try the cafeteria? She refuses to make a decision before polling her blog readers.

But can she live with the choices her readers make?

MY LIFE UNDECIDED is a super-cute read. Brooklyn constantly makes the wrong decisions, but it ultimately leads her to discovering her true self. I loved the blend of technology with modern day. A fun book!

Review quote

"Brooklyn is a sympathetic protagonist with whom teens will identify. Her journey is fun to read, and decision-challenged readers will learn an important lesson about self-acceptance along the way." -"School Library Journal "Praise for "THE KARMA CLUB ""Equal parts fresh, funny, and engaging, "The Karma Club" is the story of one girl's attempt to speed Karma along only to discover that Karma plays by its own rules. Jessica Brody has created a witty, endearing heroine in Maddy Kasparkova--this is one YA debut you won't want to miss!" --Alyson Noel, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Evermore" and "Blue Moon ""All the fun and intrigue of "Gossip Girl," with the heart of a Sarah Dessen novel and the soul of the "I Ching."" --Gabrielle Zevin, author of "Elsewhere "and "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac ""Written with wit and panache. Readers will have fun with this one, and it might make them think a little, too." --"Booklist ""The action-packed na