Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman

Author:  Lauren Bjorkman
Title: My Invented Life
Publication: September 29, 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Author

With Roz and Eva everything becomes a contest—who can snag the best role in the school play, have the cutest boyfriend, pull off the craziest prank. Still, they’re as close as sisters can be. Until Eva deletes Roz from her life like so much junk e-mail for no reason that Roz understands. Now Eva hangs out with the annoyingly petite cheerleaders, and Roz fantasizes about slipping bovine growth hormone into their Gatorade.
Roz has a suspicion about Eva. In turn, Eva taunts Roz with a dare, which leads to an act of total insanity. Drama geeks clamor for attention, Shakespearean insults fly, and Roz steals the show in Lauren Bjorkman’s hilarious debut novel.

Review: Roz appears at first as a self-centered, shallow teenager, who is just searching for way for all eyes to be on her. She just wants to get her sister, Eva back and the way she goes about is at first ridiculous but may be what gets her to come around to Roz's way of thinking. Roz is a sweet character though I commend her for what she does, and her methods eventually help her to grow as an individual and discover what she really wants yet at the same time it comes off as a way to one up her sister. The message that resounds throughout  is that it is okay to be who you are and love who love. I think that what is most compelling about this work. The characters are believable but quirky and weird. The story and plot are okay. Overall, a quick cute read.

Author Bio
I grew up on a sailboat, sharing the tiny forecastle with my sister and the sail bags. Against all odds, we are still friends. We started sailing in California and ended in Argentina. My favorite stops along the way were Costa Rica, Panama, Isla Providencia, Key West, the Azores, the Canary Islands, and Brazil.During our voyages, my sister drew beautiful paper dolls for the both of us. We sewed amazing wardrobes for our stuffed animals. We became excellent swimmers and beach combers. We made up new lyrics for old songs. Canned food dominated our meals on crossings, so we really appreciated fresh fruit when we came into port. I dreamed of ice cream on the open ocean.We kept up with school through a program called Calvert out of Maryland.My dad read to us at night by the light of a kerosene lamp. Since then, I've always loved stories and wanted to write my own.I live in Taos, New Mexico with my husband, and two sons. We often see coyotes outside our window.
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1 comment:

  1. There are many books that I cannot wait to read, but My Invented Life is one of the many I would love to read!


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