Review: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Posted May 12, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

Life by Committee

Author: Corey Ann Haydu

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: YA Contemporary

Format: ebook

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss

Rating: 4 Stars

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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This
has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***
from Goodreads:
Some secrets are too
good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets
less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed,
and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever
happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their
nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if
she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the
restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she
finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an
assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to
live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

This book surprised me
so much. I had a feeling I would like it, but I didn’t expect to love it with
the intensity that I do. I related a lot to this book and I really think that
everyone will be able to in some way. The main character has been alienated by
her friends because she got “hot” and became interested in fashion and makeup.
Not obsessed with fashion and makeup, but a healthy teenage girl level of
interest. But her friends aren’t quite there with her yet, so they dumped her.
She’s all alone except for this one girl, Elise (who I loved!) who is her new
best friend. To top it off she has a crush on a guy with a girlfriend.
As you can see there
are a lot of different things to relate to. The alienation from friends
(haven’t we all been alienated in some way by someone at some point in our
lives). The wanting something we can’t have. If you say this has never happened
to you, I’m going to call you a liar. Doesn’t have to be a guy or a girl, but
everybody wants something that they can’t have at some point in their lives.
So when our main
character, Tabby, discovers a website where she can share her secrets, she
joins. But once she shares a secret she gets an assignment. The assignments
ranged from mild to extreme. It really gave Tabby a feeling of empowerment
which I understood, but I wanted to jump in and be like “this website is crap,
what are you thinking???”. It was so interesting to watch Tabby grow and change
and come to different realizations. Being a member of Life by Committee taught
her how her actions can affect other people both positively and negatively. She
grows so much throughout the book and I loved seeing that transformation.
I also loved her
relationship with her parents. Her parents had her when they were sixteen so
she definitely had a more casual relationship with them. She doesn’t call them
mom and dad and they are more friends than anything else. But as she grows up,
so do her parents. And even though they are pretty chill, you could tell that
they really care about Tabby. They realize when something’s up and they reach
out to her. No typical absentee parents in this book. Yay!
I can’t say enough good
things about this book. If you like contemporary YA then you’re going to want
to read this one. Light and heavy at the same time. Realistic. Beautiful. This
book was amazing. Happy reading all!
P.S. I almost forgot.
Tabby is a bookworm! Which just makes everything better. 
Let’s talk! Have you read this one? What did you think of the idea of the committee giving out assignments? What about the MC? Her relationship with her parents? 

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