VAIN [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016131375
  • Publisher: Fisher Amelie
  • Publication date: 12/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 33,988
  • File size: 579 KB

Meet the Author

Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first 'mama' patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, 'Jonah', and her Beta, 'Whale'. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn't mind all that much because life isn't worth living if it isn't entertaining, right?

Fisher grew up writing. She secretly hid notebooks and notebooks of dribble in a large Tupperware storage container in her closet as a kid. She didn't put two and two together until after college where it suddenly dawned on her, "Hey, I like writing". She's a bit dense.
"No, I'm not."
"Yes, you are. Put down that Oreo, your butt can't take any more."
"You're rude."
"Yeah, yeah."
Anyway, she likes to write and has finally beaten her self-esteem into submission enough to allow herself to be scrutinized under the 'other readers' microscope. "No! No! Not a cover slip! Last time it gave me a ra...." (mumbling)

Rescue Fisher from her metaphorical specimen slide at www.fisheramelie.com
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 7, 2013

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    Amazing! I loved this book, it was emotional...real! She d






    Amazing! I loved this book, it was emotional...real! She did a great job pulling the reader into the story and making it an emotional journey.

    While reading the first few chapters I found myself worrying that I made a mistake buying this book. Literally worrying that it was going to follow that theme for the whole book. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised. I could not have been more unprepared for what took place for the rest of the book.

    Going through that journey with Sophie was so emotional, I felt like I was right there at the camp with her during some parts. I felt the love she had for Mandisa, and the undeniable love she started feeling with all of the people there that she started to consider her family..her first real family.

    Seeing the relationship between her and Ian bloom was also amazing. There were parts of the story where I found myself on the edge of my seat and just as anxious as Sophie to see if he would finally kiss her.

    I would recommend anyone to read this book. It is an amazing book with a more amazing underlying lesson to be had

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Amazing book.

    Fisher Amelies work is the reason i prefer indie authors and their work over traditional authors and traditional publishing. This book was a pleasant surprise, well written and dealt with some heart breaking issues. This is one of her best. Her characters were three dimensional and the plot moved along quickly and was well put together. I enjoyed this read immensely as well as the heart breaking subject matter. Well done Ms. Amelie, well done.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    A Must Read

    I really enjoyed this book. Loved it!! Completely not what I expected, but in a good way. Very fitting that a girl that is so completely lost finds her way helping children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Pleasant Surprise

    I absolutelty loved this book. I've never read about a character like Sophie before. I felt her pain, depression, fear and transformation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Wow.

    This book was amazing... I am at loss for words. An eye opener and a truly lovely but also sad read. I totally reccomend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Must read!

    Completely captivating read! Could not put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    3.5 stars! **Note: this review may contain some minor spoilers*

    3.5 stars!

    **Note: this review may contain some minor spoilers**

    This book is not what I was expecting and that is definitely a good thing. This is my first novel by Fisher Amelie, and it won't be my last. I went into this expecting more of a romance type novel, and instead read a story of how a vain, manipulative, b*tch of a girl became a kind-hearted, happy woman.

    To say that Sophie was a b*tch and self-absorbed at the start of this novel is putting it mildly:

    "I wanted from nothing.
    Expect attention.
    And I got that, I'll admit, not in the healthiest of ways. I won't lie to you, it felt gratifying...in a sense. I was rather unrestrained with my time and body. I wasn't different from most girls I knew. Well, except the fact I was exponentially better looking, but why beat a dead horse? The only difference between them and myself was I kept them wanting more. I used many, many, many boys and tossed them aside, discarding them, ironically, like many of them did to so many other girls before me.
    This is what kept them baited. I gave them but a glimpse of my taste and they tasted absinthe. They were hooked by la fee verte as I was so often called. I was "the green fairy." I flitted into your life, showed you ecstasy and left you dependent. I did this for fun, for the hell of it, for attention. I wanted to be wanted, and my word, did they want me. Did they ever."

    However, you come to find out there are reasons why Sophie is this way. You get an idea of where she's coming from and empathize with her situation. And dare I say it, you actually start to feel bad for her. This surprised me because there is nothing I hate more than self-absorbed, overly confident, mean people. I loved watching Sophie transform. By the end of the book, I would have been happy to have her as a friend.

    Then there's Ian (aka Dingane) - you can't help but like him right off the bat. He ties Sophie up in knots, completely flusters her (which never happens), and isn't afraid to put her in her place. Now, there is nothing I love more than when someone puts a self-absorbed, overly confident mean person in their place. And Ian does not disappoint.

    "'Girl, you are the epitome of spoiled. I can smell it in your expensive perfume, in the quality of your ridiculous clothing, in the bracelet wrapped `round that delicate wrist.' He closed the gap between us and all the air sucked from the room. 'You won't last out here. You'll stay blind to the environment that surrounds you. You'll live in your clean, perfect bubble and return to your posh life come six months. You are...you. I know your kind. I've seen it all before. You will never wake up. Not really,' he explained away before backing up and leaving me to my room once again."

    The way these two interacted with each other was entertaining and I loved watching their story unfold. I would have loved to get inside Ian's head and see what he really thought of Sophie when he first met her. But reading it from Sophie's POV was almost as good.

    There are a variety of other things I liked about this book that I won't go into detail about as I don't want to ruin it for anyone. But know that this is truly a heartwarming story - so much more than just a typical romance novel.

    If you're wondering why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, it's because the story was a bit slow at points - it dragged a bit. This is the only thing that kept me from rating it higher. Even given this, it is unquestionably worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    A new favorite book for me! And the plot focusing on children in

    A new favorite book for me! And the plot focusing on children in uganda...awe so good..so emotional. Really, so much good to say about this book! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    5 big bold stars!

    This is by far the best book I've read in a long time. I loved watching the changes overtake Sophie. It was an incredible journey that she was taken on. I loved that actual real life situations are portrayed in this book. This was not like what I normally read but I loved every page!

    There were some frustrating errors in the book.... lots of blank pages between chapters at some points but overall well done. I cannot wait for the rest of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    What a wonderful read!

    From start to finish this book was a captivating page tuner. I felt so connected to the characters in this story because they were not only interesting but so very relateable! I look forward to reading more by Fisher Amelie and will definitely be recommending this to others!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    WolfScar & Jaguarshade to both

    Can't I will NEVER tell you where it is. Sorry! Not! You can't just ask to join. I tracked them down. So I'm in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Revengeclaw

    The sleek black tom slipped in."Id like to join too,unless..."He said with a soft but dangerous voice,"It doesnt fit my needs."

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    I was worried that I wouldn't like the main character much in th

    I was worried that I wouldn't like the main character much in this one. I mean come on, a vain girl? However, it turns out I liked Sophie! Vain is story about how a girl who doesn't really like herself or the person she is blossoms into a beautiful person. Sophie had it all, money, men, and drugs. She is the queen bee of all her rich friends. She takes who and what she wants when she wants it, because she can. She is beautiful and knows it. She uses it to get what she wants. Unfortunately. for her, she gets caught with drugs for a second time and the judge isn't lenient. She is sentenced to six months in Africa at her Fathers lawyers orphanage. This is the worst thing Sophie could imagine. How can she go to Africa where there is hardly electricity and warm water? Will Sophie be able to do this? Will this be what it takes to change someone who has given up on herself?




    Sophie's life is one of privilege. She lives in luxury. However, her parents are pretty much out of the picture. They don't seem to care about her very much. They are simply her parents. I felt bad for her. I feel like what she did was just to get their attention. This punishment actually scares her. She is worried about how she will manage it and if she can actually do it. Things start out kind of rocky. The man who is sent to pick her up, Ian “Dingane” Aberdeen, automatically assumes he knows what kind of person she is and that she isn't going to be able to do this. Karina and Charles are a little more perceptive to her. She is in a state of shock for a while. This isn't your average orphanage. Her eyes are opened to the horrors these kids have been through. Little does she know they will forever change her. 




    Ian is probably your ideal image of a hero. He is beautiful, amazing with children, and probably has the biggest heart in the world. He is pretty perfect. He has dedicated his life to these kids and wouldn't be anywhere else. He is hard to get to know and kid of a quite guy int he beginning. He ends up helping Sophie become a better person. Well and they flirt...a lot. I would have looooved a little more romance but, I'm ok with it. 




    The ending was perfect! I just fell in love with this story. I couldn't put it down. I instantly went and bought Greed when I was done. Read it people!!

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

    I liked that it wasn't just another cookie cutter romance. I tho

    I liked that it wasn't just another cookie cutter romance. I thought the author could have done a better job showing Africa, but she did a good job with the suspense, the characters, and the romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Less than 1 Star

    Ok, so I didn't hate the second half of this book but it was completely ruined by the first half of the book.

    Sophie is a spoiled rich girl who treats people like garbage and manipulates them simply because she can...yeah she has some mommy and daddy issues but she is also just a bad person. I definitely thought it was interesting idea to have the main character be someone you despise but i think the author might have done it a little too well. I really didn't think she deserved to have any kind of happy ending despite her change of heart that i just couldn't enjoy the development of the story towards the end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Absolutely loved this book! It was a great read and I would even

    Absolutely loved this book! It was a great read and I would even watcht the movie on ABC Family if it came out. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    The description does not do it any justice. I finished this book

    The description does not do it any justice. I finished this book in only three days. It was riveting, glorious, and touching. Not a cheesy love story. At times gritty and uncensored..I loved every minute of this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    WONDERFULLY HEARTWARMING

    I absolutely LOVEDthis book. The character known as Sophie was so wonferfully written. I could feel this poor girls sorrow and sadness as if they were my own. No-one should have to endure the kind of ignorance and selfishness that her parents inflicted on her. Her transformantion in Africa was awesome. I fell in love with her character more and more as the story went on. And then comes Ian. He saw her true heart and soul the more he got to know her. This author has an amazing way of pulling you deep into the lives of all the characters in this story. I highly recommend this book to everyone. You will not be sorry you read it. My heart actually ached for these people.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    Amazing.  Hands down, one of the most powerful books I have read

    Amazing.  Hands down, one of the most powerful books I have read.  I went into it not really knowing what to expect.  It is written from the first-person POV, in Sophie's voice, and it follows her journey from spoiled, rich girl to a young woman with value... to herself and to others.




    This book pulls no punches, softens no blows, glosses over no situations.  It is in your face with sex, with drugs, with manipulation.  In the beginning, Sophie is unapologetic for who she is.  Rich, manipulative, and a tease.  She uses drugs and doesn't apologize for it.  She uses her friends and feels justified doing so.  She uses sex as a weapon, as a tool, and she doesn't care.  She rules her world and everyone in it and assumes that is how it always will be.  She is not at all likable.
      
    And her behavior catches up to her, landing her in trouble that her money and her family's name can't get her out of.  Instead, she is sentenced to six months in Masego, working at an orphanage that her family's attorney supports in Uganda.  From the moment Sophie sets foot in Africa, she is in complete and utter culture shock.  Her journey, both with the children and other people at Masego and within herself, is truly amazing.  




    She is such a self-absorbed jerk at the beginning of the book that I couldn't imagine feeling for her character.  But that changes as we know more of her story and her family.  Pembroke, her family's attorney was one of my favorite characters in the entire book, the one person from her past that I think truly loved her for who and what she was, and who understood why she had come to be the way she was.  And I loved that she grew to recognize that and to appreciate it.  




    There is action in this book, a lot of it, but the true action is within Sophie.  There is romance, too, and that becomes a beautiful part of her transformative journey.  There is joy and there is heart break.  Everything about this book tugged at my soul and at my heart.  There is so much to be said about this beautiful book, but I want everyone to read it and experience for themselves!




    Things to love about Vain...




       --Pembroke.  As I said above, he was the one person that looked beneath the surface, who understood Sophie before she changed.  And he accepted her even while he tried to help her.
       --Sophie.  Her changes didn't come overnight and that is what made it so touching and real.




    My recommendation:  This was a truly provocative read and one I think that everyone should read.  I think there are some powerful messages in it, messages about love, about acceptance, about looking beyond the surface, about priorities and value.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Amazing!!!!

    This book was truley amazing, inspiring, and beautiful. I simply fell in love with it.

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