Monday, April 15, 2013

The Library - New Adult Romance Review "Vain" by Fisher Amelie

Title:  Vain
Author: Fisher Amelie
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Publication Date: December 24, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance
Format:  Paperback 390 pages  |  Kindle 1034 KB

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Synopsis from Goodreads: 

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.
My Thoughts...
You're so vain, you probably think this [book] is about you.....and if your name is Sophie Price then you are right!  Sophie is the epitome of that spoiled little rich girl, one of those characters that you just love to hate.  She is vain and entitled and really is a pretty horrible person.  She's an even worse friend.  She is the self-appointed leader of her group, nothing is off limits to her and if she wants something or someone, she takes it.  If matters nothing to her, even if it's a friends boyfriend.  She knows they all want her anyway, why wouldn't they?  She's perfect!  It's this attitude that makes the first few chapters pretty tough to read.

Sophie makes a series of very bad decisions, the last of which is the final straw for her parents, their lawyer and the judge who has handled her indiscretions more than once in the past.  Her lawyer and close family friend pulls some strings and no one is more surprised that Sophie when her punishment is handed down.  I don't want to ruin the plot any further so I am just going to talk a little more about the characters and stuff without giving to much away!

This is truly a story of change and how being in a different situation can alter your perception and how you see the world and ultimately yourself.  It's how people truly can change.  Sophie's transformation is so beautiful and really starts to happen pretty quickly once she is removed from her current situation.  There is a wonderful love story in this book, but it's not necessarily the focal point of the story.  It certainly plays a large role in Sophie's transformation, but the story is so much more than that.

Ian is just awesome and he was exactly what Sophie needed at just the exact time she needed it.  He really is a kindred spirit in that they came from similar situations and were able to pull themselves out of that to become better people.  He isn't easy on Sophie and while she is drawn to him immediately, he gives her a real run for her money.  He makes her work for his attention which is something she is so not used to having to do.  Here are some of my favorite lines from the book.
"It was like my body knew instantly that he was mine and that I was his."
"No one can know sincere happiness, Sophie, without first having known sorrow. One can never appreciate the enormity and rareness of such a fiery bliss without seeing misery, however unfair that may be."

“And what is there to be joyful about?”… Another burst of silent tears streamed down.“Life, Sophie. They still live. They breathe, they love each other, they find joy in the world around them for no other reason than because they are children. They are resiliant. They will always rise above. Always.”  

There are some pretty deep current issues written about here and they are painted in such a true and heartbreaking way that it's hard not to feel hard when you read this.  This isn't a fluffy, feel good romantic read.  This is real and gritty and at times hard to read, but it will make you feel and in my opinion, that's the best kind of story.  It's one you won't forget, that's for sure.

This is probably best classified as New Adult because of the content, but there are no in depth love scenes.  I think it's more for the overall content than for sensuality.  I loved this story and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read books that make you feel deeply for the characters and the situations they are in.  

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