Anatomy of A Misfit

Anatomy of A Misfit

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"The third most popular girl in school's choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit ends in tragedy and self-realization"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062313645
0062313649
Branch Call Number: YA
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm

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"The third most popular girl in school's choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit ends in tragedy and self-realization"-- Provided by publisher.

A popular girl chooses between the hottest boy around and a romantic, lonely misfit, and the results lead to tragedy and self-evaluation.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 06, 2018

Anika is just a pretty blond girl in the eyes of her classmates, but in reality, she’s much more. She has dark thoughts and is constantly in fear of her supposed friend Becky. When she acts against her, rumors start exploding and Anika is left to clean up the damage. Now enter Logan, a former nerd turned hottie. They start with secret meetings to hide their relationship and eventually, they turn into something more. But Logan isn’t necessarily what Anika expected either and as she learns more about his past, she must ask herself whether their love can last through it all. I think this is a tragic romance with humorous and honest characters that most readers would enjoy. The pair fits together almost perfectly and their circumstances will draw in readers. Rating:4.5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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AinslieY
Sep 27, 2018

i was laughing the entire time, and even when I was bawling my eyes out there was still a triumphant touch of humour making me crack up. anika is truly hilarious, and her honesty and sarcasm just make her all the better. would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.

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danthetiredboi
Jun 20, 2016

Had me laughing from the beginning all the way to the end, even when I was crying, there was still a little heartbroken humour. Anika had the most honest voice I have ever heard, and truly, the most hilarious.

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rtriliegi
Dec 04, 2015

I loved hearing the story from Anika, she was delightful and funny.

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goddessbeth
Dec 04, 2015

This book had such an interesting, at times frustrating, contrast: the voice felt authentically teenaged (self-centered, overreacting and over-exagerating, ignorant/naive, thinking she's a bad person when she's actually pretty sympathetic, etc.) but the language felt almost anachronistically mature ("she's a good egg", and word choices nobody uses in conversation, let alone teens). In some ways, Anika was unbelievable as the lone-man-out (her grasp on racism felt way too mature for a teenager, especially considering her sheltered, if unconventional, upbringing) and yet I was charmed by her flawed appearance, her "half-Romanian-but-blonde-and-blue-eyed" dichotomy, and her "spider stew" self references. There are a few phrases that Portes was too keen on (using them three times, fine. Eight times? Now you're just pissing me off): stone-cold fox or silence, spider stew, etc.

The Mean Girls thing I bought, even though I think modern high schools (and certainly mine, in the late nineties) are too diverse and modern for that these days. Of course, I didn't go to school in Nebraska, so I'm willing to believe things run like a John Hughes movie there, sure. I'm not sure when this story takes place, as nobody in the narrative mentioned cell phones or the internet, nor did anyone use modern teen language (though some of the slurs and swears were dead on), although the bantering teasing about sex felt true-to-life. As did the adult/teen relationships, both good and horrendously broken, and the sibling relationships.

Anika's mom was probably my favorite character- balancing humor and sympathy adroitly. There is a lot of humor in here, mostly the kind that makes me smirk and nod. And while I didn't relate to the characters, I did get caught up in Anika's life (even though I did want to shake her at times). And then, of course, the ending was bittersweet. It was also unexpected- a love triangle forms and for a moment it looked like Portes was going to demonize one suitor in order to force Anika to choose the other (and again: none of the above IS a valid choice, authors!), but she steered the plot in a different direction.

Overall, it was a quick and engaging read, good but not great.

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vuhnehsuh
Dec 01, 2015

Rollercoaster of emotions. That ending though. The message here really spoke to me and made me question why I cared what other people thought about me.

This book was a really fast read that got me hooked by the 2nd chapter. And each chapter is fairly short. Anika was really relatable and easy going character. I recommend this book, but you should prepare yourself. ^_-

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eichbunNW
Jul 12, 2015

The book's message really gets me. And the bittersweet ending? I loved it!

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basketball11
Apr 20, 2015

I loved this book but the ending was so sad!

Cynthia_N Oct 28, 2014

What do you do when the coolest guy in town wants to date you but you are in love with the high school geek? Anika has some choices to make. Shocking turn of events!

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blue_wolf_1119
Oct 02, 2014

This book impacted me so much. I love it and I think it sends a great message! But soooo sad. Thank you for this experience! I fell in love with the charactors.
-JCO

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