Review: Anatomy of a Misfit

Sep •  7 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Anatomy of a MisfitAnatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Published by HarperCollins on September 7, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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?

Seeing the book and reading the synopsis is something I always tend to do with books. No matter what. Sometimes it interests you and sometimes you are kind of like, maybe this book is not for me. However, there is one thing that did catch my interest and that this book was for the fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I absolutely adored this movie and I was excited to see what this book brought to the reader to resemble similar genres of the movie/book.

The story follows Anika, who is a girl that does her best to be not who she really is. The reason being is, she is number three in the list of most popular girls. However, throughout the story there are different instances where we see her go against the status quo. We see this with two guys. One is the right guy and of course the other is not for her. The story flows somewhat like a journal with a different voice. I felt really connected with the story because I found myself in there. I remember this was not exactly my high school but there were people there all the time. The story just flowed and the chapters connected creating an utter brilliance of reality.

Anika is a girl that I could see some of me in. Not the female part but things she did throughout the story. I felt as the story grew and she opened herself up to someone different, she changed. For the better of course. I understand where she was coming from about fitting in but one has to ask the question of, does hide who they really are so they can fit in or live their life and find the people who don’t care.

I hate when people go with the wrong people but I can’t be too mad because I do the same thing. I do not know what it is but I am always falling for the bad person and never the right person. Anika had to look past things to find that answer to who should she be with but by the time she did, it was a little too late. Relationships are complicated in the novel and but I do feel that a lot of students in high school go through the same things.

My favorite part was the ending. Not because I wanted the book to end but because of what Anika did. I do not want to tell so much but just go and read this book. Overall this book was what I was hoping it would be. This is definitely for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Andrea is a brilliant and I am so looking forward to her next book.

I give this book 5 bites!



  1. Lily
    Sep 8, 2014

    The reviews i’ve seen for this one are all over the place! I think this is very much an either love it or hate it book but i’m so glad it worked for you and you ended up loving it! 🙂

  2. Candace
    Sep 9, 2014

    I’m really drawn to this one, I might have to pick up a copy!