How did I get it?:
I bought it for my kindle!
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.
I’m really torn with this book. On the one hand, I thought it was good, but on the other hand, I really disliked the protagonist. This of course, was intentional on the author’s part, for at least the first part of the story. Sophie is supposed to be incredibly vain. My overall thoughts on it, are that it’s likeable enough, but I didn’t feel blown away by it. It was a good, decent read, that I would recommend.
Sophie does start out as such a horrible character. Fisher Amelie has really got that part of the book spot on. I was starting to really dislike Sophie. She had no redeeming features and her admiration for herself was really beginning to grate. I can’t work out whether I thought the changes in Sophie’s character were believable enough, because Sophie was so vain and it happened so quickly. Could someone change that much? I’d like to think so. If you do think a person can change that much, then I think you’d find this story very interesting. You begin to appreciate the journey Sophie has been on.
I really liked the plot. The setting of Uganda and the orphanage were very original. Some of the scenes were incredibly emotional and very well written.
Overall, I think Vain is a solid read. I’m just undecided about whether Sophie’s transformation is too fairy-tale like for me.
Would I recommend it?:
Darkness Watching- Emma Adams