Anyone who reads books can tell you that it’s pretty much a sin for us bookworms to judge a book by it’s cover. Books can be so much like people. Judging someone based on their looks sets you on the path to disappointment. After all, first impressions are never the last impressions. Similarly, you may set high expectations for a book based on it’s cover illustration and it would probably only lead to regret.
I personally have read dozens and dozens of books, but with the exception of 2 books, (1 of them being Lottie Biggs Is Not Mad by Hayley Long), I have always tried my best not to form an opinion before actually reading a book. I picked up my copy of this particular book at a local book fair. And if you must know, the vibrant, hot pink cover and the doodles are exactly what urged me to buy the book in the first place.
I have to admit. My first impression of this book limited it to being a regular High School story, narrated by a confused teenager who was trying to figure out her place in the world. And although this book is exactly that, it has a few aspects which separates it from the lot. First of all, this book has a very serious undertone. It talks about mental disturbances in a very subtle way and yet it makes you stop to think about how tough life can be for a high school student. Regardless of your age, depression and despair can make way into ones life and can turn into a serious issue if left unattended.
The second aspect which makes this book stand out is without a doubt, the crazy doodles. The book is filled with hand drawn illustrations and is narrated in a way which gives you the illusion of sitting with the narrator in class, exchanging hand written notes with her behind the teacher’s back. I personally loved the book. It’s a light and amusing read which may remind you what it’s like to be a befuddled 15 year old, questioning life.