Saturday, 26 July 2014

Book Review | Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

17693452Some secrets are too good to keep. 

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat. 

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

Pages: 304 | Format: Audible Audiobook | Goodreads | Amazon 

Even a few days after I finished reading this book, I'm still not one hundred percent sure what I think of it. The idea behind this story sounded really interesting when I went into it, and I was excited to see how it played out.
I did however have quite a few issues through the entire book. The main issue was that I really didn't like the main character. I found that Tab was pretty annoying throughout the entire book, and that we didn't really get to know her well enough.
Even with all of the family stuff she had going on, it seemed like Tab focused on nothing but Joe, and that really started to annoy me.
One other thing that I didn't particularly enjoy in this book was the side characters. I never really felt like we got to know any of them. Tab's best friend hardly played a role. Her old best friends and why they ditched her wasn't really developed far enough. Devon was a something of nothing character, who seemed to come out of nowhere for convenient with one of the LBC tasks, and even Joe, who is Tab's obsession, didn't get enough time in the book for us to actually know him.
The lack of development with the side characters, ended up leaving me feeling as if the story fell a little flat.
The LBC itself was interesting, I liked the way the community of people was shown as a sort of support group, but also highlighting that maybe it's not the best place to take advice from, since Z seemed all controlling.
There were some good moments in the book, especially towards the end when things started happening that I didn't expect to happen.
Overall, I didn't love this book and I wouldn't read it again.



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