Thu, May 22, 2014

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu Review

Life by Committee book cover

Life by Committee book cover

Life by Committee
By Corey Ann Haydu
Publication date: May 13, 2014
Katherine Tegen Books, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

— Goodreads.com description

Was there cheating, aka the thing I hate to read about most? Yeah.

Will some of you have trouble stomaching the main character? Probably.

Did I have a major case of Old Lady Syndrome, both in terms of rooting for Tabitha to rise above the mean girls and in terms of going WHYYYY TABITHA WHYYYYY with every bad choice she made? Oh yeah.

Did Life by Committee work for me anyway? Totally!

The concept is beyond interesting, in a Post Secret-y way that made me feel simultaneously intrigued and woozy/uncomfortable. I found I could relate to Corey Ann Haydu’s characters, flaws and all. Tabitha, especially, is such a strong character as she learns so much throughout the course of the book. And the writing was lovely.

It definitely made me want to dig through my archives to check out Haydu’s previous work, OCD Love Story.

So, what do you guys think? Have you read this one yet? What about OCD Love Story?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: cheating, corey ann haydu, family, friendship
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  1. Racquel said:

    This one made you uncomfortable, yeah? So will OCD Love Story. Its like watching reality tv times a billion. Very uncomfortable to watch but in this case, read. I actually cried while reading it because the events were making me that uncomfortable but its SO good. It’s awesome that the book challenges readers that way. Its very honest and real regarding teens and an accurate portrayal of people who actually have OCD so I respect Haydu for that SO MUCH. Plus the book is just plain good.

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    Anna Reply:

    I absolutely have to read OCD Love Story now!

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    Posted on: Thu, May 22, 2014

  2. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I loved this book! I agree that the characters are really relatable and I actually think that this book offers something for everybody. I also wanted to scream at Tabitha at times, but I really understood where she was coming from, because I think at some point, everyone has somewhat been in her shoes.

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    Anna Reply:

    I had a hard time with Tabitha and her decisions — but there was still something relatable/likable about her that I rooted for her. Sort of like “I KNOW you know better and can do better than this so I am just going to read knowing you WILL get to that point!”

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    Posted on: Thu, May 22, 2014

  3. Katie said:

    It sounds like I might have a few issues with this one since I hate cheating but from all the reviews (yours included) I think I’ll like it. Great review!

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    Anna Reply:

    I really have a hard time reading about it (it makes me too angry to focus on the book!), but there were so many other good things going on here that it helped me through.

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    Posted on: Thu, May 22, 2014

  4. Amaris said:

    I really dislike books about cheating too … even if it’s good, like Anna and the French Kiss.

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    Anna Reply:

    Oooh yeah that book was hard for me as well!

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    Posted on: Thu, May 22, 2014

  5. Lisa is Busy Nerding said:

    Oh goodness. I can’t even with the Post Secret. Thanks for the heads up!

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    Posted on: Thu, May 22, 2014

  6. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I haven’t read this one yet, but I did read OCD Love Story. It was a fascinating read, but difficult because of the subject matter. I really felt for those characters. It was intense and emotional, that’s for sure. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

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    Posted on: Thu, May 22, 2014

  7. Trish @ Between My Lines said:

    I have this one on my tbr now, it sounds good. OCD made me very uncomfortable reading it but in a good way. It was so realistic and a hard hitting topic should be hard hitting, right? You should read it 🙂

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    Posted on: Thu, May 22, 2014

  8. Kelly said:

    I loved Life By Committee and OCD Love Story. They did make me a bit uncomfortable but I like books that make me feel that way. Definitely check out OCD Love Story. It’s the best portrayal of OCD that I’ve read in YA fiction.

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    Posted on: Thu, May 22, 2014

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