Monday, January 14, 2013

Vain by Fisher Amelie

Speechless…. This was just a beautiful book up and down. It is deep and moving; such a powerful journey. I read all day yesterday because I didn’t want to put it down. If my review and my feelings about the book don’t draw you in, I know the synopsis will:

If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

When Sophie describes herself as irresistible, she isn’t lying. She is the true definition if vain.

You see, I’m one of the beautiful people. That truly sounds so odd to have to explain, but it’s the truth nonetheless. I’m beautiful, and it’s not because I have a healthy does of self-esteem, though I have plenty of that. It’s obvious in the way I look in the mirror, yes, but even more obvious in the way everyone treats me. I rule this roost because I’m the most wanted by all the guys, and all the girls want to be my friend because of it.

Sophie is a party girl. She has parents that are filthy rich and work obsessed. They pay her no attention. All she wants to do is break the circle, be something other than a rich snob.

“I don’t want to be like them,” I candidly admitted as much to myself as to him.

Her friend Spencer doesn’t think there is a way out of it. He is just as closed minded as all of the others that she has been forced to be friends with. I had a little hope for Spencer, I thought maybe, just maybe he was going to be the one that was different that Sophie’s other friends, but I was wrong.

“The only difference between us and our parents is that we’re younger, we do coke while they drink, but we’ll graduate or simmer to that, depending on how you look at it, as they did. We’re not married but soon we will be and to each other, but it won’t matter because we’ll trade partners like we do now. We’re addicted to the lifestyle. I can’t see a way out of that.”

But Sophie gets her chance, it may not be by her own choice, but she is given a chance when instead of going to jail for drug possession, she is forced to work at an orphanage in Uganda.

Sophie is terrified, as she should be. She is going somewhere she has never gone before, to do something that is completely selfless…an act I don’t think she is capable of until now.

When she arrives in Uganda she is picked up by Ian and is drawn to him from the get go. She doesn’t understand her attraction to him; he is everything opposite of what she normally goes for. I think what really got to her was the fact that he could see right through her. He wasn’t having any of her spoiled shit and immediately judged her based on the reason she was forced to work at the orphanage.

I LOVED IAN!!! He was blunt, hardworking and GORGEOUS! What more could you ask for, lol.

And for her work in the orphanage…it tore my heart out! I know stuff like this goes on in the world, but it’s not something that we see on a regular basis, so I am as guilty as the next person when I say that I don’t often think about it.

Remember how in the past few months people have been talking about Kony on the news and all over the web? Well, he has a part in the book. The orphanage that Sophie is working at houses the children that his army left behind. THIS BROKE ME! The innocence of the children, yet they still had a positive outlook on life and had genuine happiness. I can’t even describe the emotion that went through me each time they can into contact with the children. It was powerful and meaningful, just like the entire story behind the book.

Sophie and Ian's relationship builds over the book. They have to work together to protect the children. Their connection grows strong and stronger and Ian comes to realize that Sophie may not be as bad as he though. She was lost and made a few bad choices, but he is starting to see how smart and strong she is....he tries to hide his feelings for her. When he finally lets it slip, there is no going back.

This book took me over. It is something that I will never forget and will always be on the top of my recommendation list.

Me: OMG, I loved Vain so much!!!
Ashley: You finished already??
Me: Yeah, I couldn’t put it down. Gahh, it was so good. I can’t wait for you to read it. Fisher never disappoints.

As I review more and more books I am finding it harder and harder to give 5 stars. This book, without a doubt in my mind, is worthy of all 5 stars.

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