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Anatomy of a Misfit por Andrea Portes
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Anatomy of a Misfit (edição 2016)

por Andrea Portes (Autor)

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"The third most popular girl in school's choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit ends in tragedy and self-realization"--
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Título:Anatomy of a Misfit
Autores:Andrea Portes (Autor)
Informação:HarperTeen (2016), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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I honestly don't think I would recommend this to teens. Yes it is YA. Yes it ends with a change in character, a redemption of sorts. Yes, it is set in the 80s and things were different then. Yes, not every main character should be without flaws. BUT even though this book had a lot of things that are not necessarily bad for a book to have I just didn't like how it all played out. I didn't like the writing. I didn't like the book. ( )
  sdbookhound | Oct 1, 2020 |
I got this book through Overdrive's Big Library Read. This program allows readers across the globe to check out the same book (ebook or audio version) all at the same time. The book is available to every reader that wants it for two weeks. I love this concept. I teach teenagers, so I read a lot of YA. However, it's hard to enjoy a book when you don't like the main character. Anika is a thief and drugs her boss (without his knowledge), yet the she feels bad that people are prejudice towards outcasts and blacks. I found that the author used the same phrases over and over and I wanted her to pull out a thesaurus and find a new way to say things. The only reason I gave the book 2 stars instead of one is the ending. Finally Anika stood up for something and spoke her mind. My heart goes out to the family that lost their son, and I do admire the author for getting his story out there. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 28, 2019 |
Mixed feelings because there were definitely moments of beauty and extreme hilarity...

I have no problem reading about a younger generation, but the way these 15-year-olds held a conversation with each other was cringe-worthy at times. I kept thinking to myself, "I sincerely hope I did not talk like that when I was 15."

Regardless of all that, there was a definite beauty in the message of growing up...and what it means to be a crowd follower, what it means to step on people along the way, and finding out what it means to alter that perspective. ( )
  jawink22 | Feb 6, 2019 |
Anika Dragomir is a fifteen-year-old sophomore who lives in the shadow of the most popular girl in school. Her friend, Becky, is the popular girl mostly because all are afraid of what she can do to a person’s reputation if she doesn’t like them. Anika struggles with the importance of this friendship and with several romantic relationships throughout the book. She makes some difficult choices that eventually cause heartache but those decisions also strengthen her self-confidence and compassion.

This book was chosen by Overdrive as the Big Library Read for teens. The book tends to creep along for a while but then it goes full speed ahead at the end. The conclusion comes with such strength and abruptness that the reader hardly has time to absorb all it has to offer. However, I believe that the book promotes a very good message for the teenage reader in an interesting format. The message about bullying and not judging people for how they look and act but for who they are is one that all teens need to hear repeatedly.
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  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
I know that this is about a romance and a boy and a tragic ending, but I cannot move past the slurs.

I believe people with influence have the responsibility to encourage a community of respect. If this was a book about how racist a place can be, how homophobic a place can be, how sexist a place could be... it would be different. There would be a lesson buried. But it isn't.

How does having a character who calls a character "negro", having that POC character steal, and justifying it through having that same racist character say "some stereotypes exist for a reason" add to the story?

How does having one character refer to a mean girl as the c-word add to the story?

How does the slut shaming add to the story? Stealing Vicodin and drugging her boss?

I can keep going. I mean, the main character has a Romanian background, and she disrespects her own culture by calling her father "Count Chocula". Her best friend's mother is moderately religious and is constantly referred to as "totally insane". Every page has something.

Is the author trying to portray that small towns are terrible, inhuman places to live? Okay, well let me tell you about my small town.

My town has 23,000 residents. Lincoln, Nebraska (where Anatomy of a Misfit takes place) has a population of 280,000 residents. So I think I have a better picture of a small town.

Growing up in the 90s, I remember one African-American in my school. We had three Wiccans and two lesbians and one gay that I knew of. Two or three kids of Asian decent. One Indian family, two Greek families. The rest of us? Caucasian as f***. Never ONCE did I witness an incident of racism, sexism, or homophobia among my peers. We loved the variety of religion in our school, having whole days where we'd bring in Tibetan monks (for example) and learn about them.

Does racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious intolerance exist in my community? I'm sure it does! Last year, one of our residents was in the news as a white supremacist. And the community, as a whole, as ashamed. Outraged. Twice as many people showed up to the protests and rallies. He was ostracized.

My point in sharing this is that there is no way this whole town can be a cesspool of intolerance, the way it is described. The author has said that it is a reflection of her childhood. Did she really experience this level of hatred? Or is it a reflection of her own beliefs? I don't even know. But listening to this, at points, made me feel physically ill.

Oh my gosh, let's think of other things that are seriously wrong? Anika doesn't understand the difference between a respectful person and a violent one. Logan is a "bad boy" stereotype. Shelly is a bimbo stereotype. Every character is actually a stereotype. The scene where the family tries to hand out to the POC because they feel bad for her because she's a POC. How the mom marries an "ogre" because she doesn't know better and needs to care for her children.

How the narrator speaks in the worst accents for all the non-white characters.

How the story adds guilt to people in unhealthy relationships. Emotionally abusive relationships are never okay.

I can't get past all this. It could have been a sad, tragic story about a boy in an abusive home, and a devastating ending. That would have been enough. In fact, a kind and loving town doing such a thing would have been a more powerful story. But, instead, Anatomy of a Misfit just teaches its readers that Nebraska is filled with white supremacists and should be burned.

Oh, and apparently it's appropriate to use a memorial service to out a bully and get revenge.

Oh stop. Please stop.

Do stories like this need to be told? Yes! Yes, it needs to be out there so people understand and know the signs and do something before the real world has an ending like this.

But not like this. ( )
  Morteana | Feb 21, 2018 |
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