Someone I Wanted to Be

Someone I Wanted to Be

by Aurelia Wills


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ISBN-13: 9780763681562
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Aurelia Wills is the author of several Pushcart Prize–nominated stories, which have been published in literary journals and an anthology. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Someone I Wanted to Be 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
Someone I Wanted To Be was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for a suspenseful story about a girl who’s gotten in over her head. Instead, this book is very slow moving and incredibly depressing. Leah is overweight, and she is teased mercilessly about it by the other kids at school and even by other people around town. Her mother works a lot and when she’s home, she just watches TV and gets drunk on cheap wine. Leah is friends with this skinny, popular girl, Kristy, who has been her friend for a long time. Kristy’s mother is dying so she takes it out on her. She’s pretty awful, but for some reason, Leah just takes it. Even after she meets a new friend, who I thought was wonderful, she still keeps crawling back to Kristy whenever she shows her the slightest attention. I cannot stand weak characters, and Leah was just the worst. Instead of doing something to improve her situation, like finding friends who are nice to her – which is completely within the realm of possibility because she does have two acquaintances who are really nice to her – she starts calling this sleazy older guy who’s obsessed with Kristy. Leah pretends to be “Ashley”, the name she told Kurt King was Kristy’s name. This book did not have enough plot for me. It moved way to slowly. I kept trying to figure out why Wills wrote this book. At first I thought it was a cautionary tale about lying or pretending to be someone you’re not or even against getting involved with older men, but the resolution wasn’t even satisfying in that vein. I almost stopped reading this book many times, but I was hopefully that something was going to happen or that Leah was going to turn her life around. But, sadly, the ending was just as disappointing as the rest of the book.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
This was a bleak story, yet honest, and very true to life. It was an ok read. It's just not one of those books that will leave you with warm fuzzy feelings. It's a look at life's darker side. It was raw and gritty. It focused on bullying, death, alcoholism, and sexual assault. If anything, maybe it will help us to love our family a little more, and be a little kinder to people. Hopefully this story will help teenagers be more careful about talking to strangers, and never going somewhere alone. The writing in this book was simple. The story was a quick and easy read, the chapters were nice and short, and the story was easy to follow. The conversations between the characters in this story were abrupt, short, and clipped, and almost always mean. They rarely had nice words to say to each other, except for maybe one of the characters. I never really felt like I got to know any of these characters on a deeper level and it was hard for me to connect with them. Mostly, I just felt very sad for the main character. She wasn't treated very well. I also didn't like how she didn't seem to stick up for herself. She was portrayed weakly. She self-sabotaged. I thought the story ended a bit abruptly. I was kind of left feeling like I needed more. It was a bit abrupt. The way it ended did, however, make me feel like maybe there would still be hope yet for our main character and that maybe there was a way out for her after all. Overall, this story was just an ok read for me. It held my attention for the most part. It didn't bore me...just saddened me. * I won an ARC of this book through Library Thing's Early Reader Program and was sent a copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.