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