Thursday, February 26, 2015

Defined by Others by MCV Egan, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: IntroSpective Press
Published: December 11, 2014

Book Summary:(Per GoodReads)
A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse leaves her at the age of 47, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. She finds herself back in her hometown amongst her high school friends which she left behind in her past.

An inheritance from a friend leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of some of their mutual acquaintances. In an attempt to run from her reality Anne gets engrossed in a game of "fun" and "flirtation" with her friend and fellow sufferer Connie at her side. Anne however did not read all the files and what to her is fun games turns into a deadly reality. It is no longer a game.

Life, death and not even a defining word can stop the reality of manipulation.

My Thoughts:
Kept me guessing and on my toes the entire read.  Playfully showed how technology and issues such as catfishing are not just for the teenage or YA audience. At times I thought I knew how it was going to end or the next twist, and while I was correct on a few aspects, I was not correct for the entire ending...which I love!  This story shares about love, friendship, relationships, the idea of how the image we present may not be the actual story, and ties in how high school and certain moments in time can have a lasting impact.

You, if you are like me at all, will laugh, gasp and end up questioning what would I do in those situations? The intrigue, the play on catfishing and fantastic ability to discuss some serious issues in a captivating, humorous and enlightening way is just a hint of why you as a reader will enjoy this story greatly.  The way the story came together was so clear in my mind it was like reading a movie or show.  I could also see it as a play because of the comedic timing of certain lines, the intricate play on keeping people on certain pages, but still having the concern about who knows what. 

While a bit irreverent for the seriousness of what happens in a certain part of the book, I must admit upon reflection these two songs came to mind.  Additionally it made me smile and remember many of the hilarious parts of the book, which I felt it largely was made up funny and entertaining antidotes.

Bowling for Soup~ High School Never Ends


Cher~ Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

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Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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