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  • Posted April 25, 2013

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    Rating: 3.5 The Low Down: Ever since he first saw her freshm

    Rating: 3.5




    The Low Down: Ever since he first saw her freshman year, Tyler Darcy has been drawn to Becky Webb like a moth to the flame. She has no idea of his almost obsession with her; after all, in the beginning, he can’t bring himself to speak to her, much less spill his secrets. All his friends know of his infatuation, hell, even his girlfriend knows. Syd is beautiful, smart and so cool. Why she puts up with his fixation is beyond him. But every chance he gets, he looks for Becky. Thinks about her. Writes about her. Concocts scenarios in which she falls madly in love with him. Writes about that. Even when they eventually become friends, he keeps her in the same box marked "perfect."




    Watching closely makes you learn things, though. Things that maybe you don’t want to know, things that might ruin your idea of perfection about someone. In Tyler’s case, though, discovering certain things about Becky only makes him want to protect her. She’s unwanted, both by her parents and the boys that use her, ignore her and spread tales about “Becca,” the girl who doesn’t say no.




    But how do two people with such conflicting views of the same person ever get on the same page?




    Best Thang ‘Bout It: I love that the protagonist is a male. A guy with a huge attraction who can’t act on it. In fact, he can’t stand up to any of his relationships: his girlfriend, who got that position because he said nothing; his sister, who, while is supportive, is frank about how she thinks Tyler needs to run his relationships; and his friends, Robby and Justin, who act like court jesters but who express their opinions about his lack of fortitude with both his girlfriend and his obsession.




    If there’s such a thing as a “healthy” obsession, this was it. The more Tyler learns about Becky’s history, the more he wants to be her knight. But he can’t act on it. First, it is because he doesn’t know her and is too nervous to talk to her. Then he can’t because of his girlfriend. So his best outlet is writing about it. The stories are fiction, though, and when Becky reads one, she can’t believe that’s how Tyler sees her. She says: “That won’t ever be me!...They’d never let me...This is who I am now, I’m stuck with it.”




    This story just felt like real high school. Tunnel vision, letting life run you, not knowing how to handle hurt and big problems. Being a mess on the inside, being stupid, missing the obvious. Finding out that not everyone has a great home life. Discovering how much stuff people try to hide.




    I liked how Syd was portrayed; she really knew what she was getting into when dating Tyler, but she was willing to take a chance. Her reaction to their discussion in the park toward the end of the story is perfect. No stereotypical mean girls or histrionics here, either. All the female characters felt real; flesh, bone and brains.




    I’m Cranky Because: It just stops. Ends. No neat bow, no thanks for reading, no fiery car crash. Now, I don’t really mind the “‘nuff said” approach, but I felt like we were still on the on-ramp, and we were just getting ready to merge. Imagine being on a roller coaster on the biggest hill, climbing, climbing, and just before you reach the crest, it’s over. No apex view, no plunge. Damn.




    Also, this idea of Becky as the Manic Pixie Dream Girl? I can’t tell if it is being used ironically, since it’s a deeper story than that trope. (Unfamiliar with the term? Read about it at TV Tropes.) Where’s the wackiness? The freedom? The spirited behavior? The opening up of the stuffy male lead? I didn’t see it.




    The Bottom Line: MPDGs aside, it’s a good read that says “stop imagining; discover the truth instead.” But be ready for what you uncover.




    manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen was published April 23, 2013 by Random House Children’s Books. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley, Random House Children’s Books and the Author.




    Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
    Ages: 13 and up
    You Might Want to Know: Underage drinking; drug use; sexual content; profanity

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Eh. Just okay

    I would have given this book 4 stars if there had been a better ending. The ending basically takes everything the protagonist has hoped for and throws it away. It seemed like an ending that was chosen just to finish the book and be done with it.

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