Vain

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How did I get it?:
I bought it for my kindle!

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Darkness Watching- Emma Adams

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7 thoughts on “Vain

  1. I definitely agree that her character development was crazily fast but I loved this book nonetheless. I think I tried my best to ignore her while I could and I just tried to indulge in the romance and the setting. I can’t remember her name, but the little girl who wouldn’t eat? That’s what really touched me and made me believe in Sophie’s development a little bit more. Loved your review! 😀

  2. Sounds like an interesting book – thank you for sharing it! It is can be really difficult to take a character from unlikeable to likeable – I always compare those kinds of stories to the arc of Cordelia Chase’s character on Buffy/Angel. She started as the bully/mean girl and by the end was the heroine and we were rooting for her. But it took a LOOOONNNGG time. 🙂

    • It’s definitely interesting. I know a lot of people have did enjoyed this book. I think that’s an amazing comparison. It did take a while to like Cordelia Chase! 🙂 Thanks Terri.

  3. Like you I did struggle with Sophie’s very fast transformation but I was so in love with the rest of the book and the setting that I let it slide. Glad you did enjoy it though

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