Sunday, November 9, 2014

We're All Mad Here by Leigh Raines


This was an interesting book for me for a few reasons. I normally do not read New Adult books or books about the Greek Lifestyle in college. I have never found myself drawn to these types of books as I never feel I have anything to provide me any kind of emotional investment in the characters or the stories.

That being said, HOLY WAH did this main character ring true with me! As someone who has gone through the pains of anxiety I felt her pain was very real. I even had the same problems with an older sibling hating you from the moment you were born and you don't know why.** And, really, who hasn't had experience with a manipulative boy/girlfriend? This book does a masterful job of getting you to look past the sorority stereotypes and see what you actually have in common. Don't get me wrong, I still can't afford vacations in New York City or Acapulco, nor am I ever going to prioritize clothes shopping over other expenditures, but that's not the meat of the story. This is just the vehicle for the book's real message about depression and getting your life back in your own control.***

I'll admit, the vehicle for this story is not my favorite, I've never really cared for Greek Life. In fact, if this book has an accurate portrayal of Greek Life, I'm very glad I did not participate. The lifestyle does live up, or down, to my stereotypes. There's a LOT of drama, a lot of sex and a lot of drugs. But if you can get past this, the characters are quite interesting. I found myself getting angry when the main character was angry and agreeing with how she handled a lot of later situations. Gotta admit, though, the ending was a little cheesy****. However, because of the characters that I never considered making this book a DNF.

I have to say, this book surpassed my expectations and I happily give We're All Mad Here 4 hoots!


*I received a free digital copy of this book from French Press Bookworks in exchange for an honest review. And an honest review this is.
**Turns out, it was for the same reason as the character's sister: the younger sibling took ALL the attention away from the older.
***I'm pretty sure this is also a double-meaning thing with the book's look at superficiality. Better not get too meta, though.
****All it seemed to be missing was rain.

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