School Because she got pretty over the summer and started wearing clothes that were a bit revealing she was judged pretty harshly People thought she was a huge slut and that she was this boy crazy girl that she really wasn t I mean she had crushes sure but it was nothing out of character for a teenaged girl The reasoning for everyone in the school shutting her out was one that never really resonated with me because it was really silly A big part of the novel was the one relationship that Tabby did manage to maintain with her best friend Elise and this also failed to emotionally affect me in any way See I never felt like Elise was a good friend to Tabby at all so when they had their falling out I didn t really care because it was kind of like well good riddance to bad rubbish to me Tabby never felt like she could be honest with Elise though Elise was honest with her about some pretty private stuff but Tabby always feared judgment from Elise and to me that is not a ality I would ever want in a best friend As far as love interests go we are shown a mostly one sided relationship as Tabby pines for Joe a boy at her school who already has a girlfriend I didn t much like Joe at all I mean he was Hilla Rebay using Tabby and he was a cheater and that s not exactly a turn on in my eyes For me relationships and the way they are built and maintained is a large part of my enjoyment in a novel and that just wasn t present here so it definitely left me longing for a lot in that departmentWe are also treated to a lot of family life in Life By Committee This was one part of the novel that I did really enjoy Tabby s parents were very young when they had her and are now pregnant with another baby and wanting to do things differently the second time around I did feel bad for Tabby as she prepared for the big change in her home life I mean being an only child for 16 years and then being faced with a new sibling is pretty huge in the life of a teenager I also was left feeling pretty bad for her as she witnessed her parents intense need to do things differently for this second baby which left Tabby wondering why they felt they screwedp so badly with her I mean I Living Doll understood the viewpoint from the parent s mind they were young with Tabby and definitely didn t raise her in the most mature of environments but I totallynderstood why it would hurt Tabby Through all of these changes and shut outs in Tabby s life she ends Designing for Magazines up finding solace in a Life By Committee website after she finds the web address written in ased book She gets immersed in this weird web where members tell secrets to the other members and are then given a mission to help them deal with it by the site runner Some of the things these people do are hefty and I had a hard time believing people would listen to this random person from the internet as they fly around the world and make incredibly revealing things public Upon finishing this review my feelings toward the book are really no clearer than they were prior to writing This was definitely not one of my new favourites but it was interesting and kept me entertained all the way through I do think that OCD Love Story was a much stronger story and I am still excited to see what topic Haydu tackles next For of my reviews visit my blog at Xpresso Reads This was a tough read I put it down several times and came pretty close to not finishing it Crux of the issue I found Tabitha really hard to sympathize with At first there was a lot I liked about her situationset p her childhood friends dumped her because she developed physically style wise and boy interest wise ahead of them but she still feels she s the same person and their judgements are way too well judge y her very young parents she was an oops baby so to speak are having another baby and trying to
do it right this time and she s completely hung p on it right this time and she s completely hung False Start up on boy who seems to return her affections but he s also got a girlfriend But things slowly fell apart for me Tabitha continually pursues decisions that are self destructive AND hurtful to others with this wounded holier than thou attitude that gets oldickly Also EVERYONE jumps on board the Tabitha Is An Angry Slut train which made it confusing to me as a reader as to how right her old friends were or weren t The story is told from Tabitha s perspective and aside from her raging crush on Joe she doesn t SEEM that boy crazy and doesn t seem intent on ditching friends for boys and her clothing and make Tombland up as described don t sound that off the wall slut tastic And yet EVERYONE peers parents teachers is on her for how she dresses and acts Her guidance counselor gets on her for wearing a short dress that she s paired with tights and flats This IS high school right And then of course there s the main plot where Tabitha shares secrets online and gets given assignments meant to help her live life to the fullest I can see how this could be compelling especially for a confused teen But as the ante ratchetsp Tabitha can clearly SEE the destructive nature of THE ASSIGNMENTS THEY STRESS HER OUT assignments they stress her out her out and she does not want to do them to the point of feeling ill But she still does them And kind of flip flops back and forth between hating it and feeling like This Is The Way And not like flip flopping where you recognize the previous feeling and acknowledge the change in heart Flip flopping like two pages ago she was about to puke and now she s all cult happy and there s no reflection between the two So I guess that sums it His Plaything up Interesting setp pretty much failed execution view spoiler I also don t know that I buy that a tiny school of 500 people would take 5 hours to share secrets hide spoiler Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss16 year old Tabitha is having a rough time Her mother is pregnant her father is a stoner her friends aren t talking to her because they think she s too sexy and the boy she s falling in love with already has an overly needy girlfriendWhen Tabitha finds the URL for an internet group in the back of a sed book she joins to find a site known as life by committee Every week members must post a secret about themselves and the guy who runs the site responds with an assignment that must be completed within 24 hoursTabitha admits that she kissed another girls boyfriend only to find that her assignment is to do it again and she s not sure if she shouldShould Tabitha follow what the kids on life by committee tell her to. Ntimate 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.
Summary Life by CommitteeDo Should she kiss Joe again And will he ever leave his girlfriend for herThis was a cute story and I actually found it really entertainingI really liked Tabitha She was an ordinary girl with ordinary teenage problems and I really felt sorry for her the way her friends victimised her I liked that she found support in Life by Committee and really wanted things to work out for her I also loved Tabitha s love of reading I thought her active reading idea where she wrote notes in one of her favourite books about what her thoughts and feelings were as she read it was really ite beautiful and I loved how passionate she was about it I also loved the way she then passed these books along and tried to find books that other people had marked Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors up so that she could see how they viewed the same book This kind of reminded me of buddy reading which I also love and even almost made me want to start doing the same myselfThe storyline in this wasn tite what I expected but it really worked This was of a coming of age story than anything else and I liked how Tabitha coped with her problemsThere were some really interesting parts to this story and I loved some of Tabitha s observations and ideas I make myself throw p in the bathroom just to see if it will clear the feelings out of my chest It doesn t I m so not cut out for bulimia I thought that the way that Tabitha and Joe interacted at the start was really sweet and I liked how he made Tabitha feel loved although I also thought that he started to se her at points as wellThe Life by committee stuff was also ite interesting although some assignments were interesting than others I loved the one where a girl gate crashed her father s wedding wearing her mother s wedding dress but some of the others were risky than bold and I wasn t sure that everyone on the site should have just followed their assignments so blindlyThere were some twists and turns in this book that I didn t see coming and I really liked the way Tabitha grew as a person and learned to stand on her own two feet The ending reminded me of a scene from a certain film and I m not sure how realistic it was but it was still a pretty good ending for this storyOverall an enjoyable coming of age story75 out of 10 See the original review Creased Book SpinesI feel like this book could have been much much better Life by Committee had one of most intriguing plots I ve ever seen these days and that s probably why I just couldn t wait to start reading it I don t start reading a new book before I publish the review of the previous one so I kept opening the cover of it and closing it againOur main character is Tabitha Tabby who has been left by her best friends because she apparently changed which means that her bra size changed and she started wearing See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsEh That is probably the best way to sum p my feelings towards Life By Committee This was actually one of my most highly anticipated novels from Harper but hopes can only go so far before reality kicks it in the butt I felt rather apathetic towards Corey Ann Haydu s latest novel and most of the nit picks I had all led back to my thoughts on the charactersSo lemme talk about the characters first since that s the case I didn t care for them Not Tabitha Elise Devon Joe Cate Sasha etc Sure they had distinguishable personalities and traits such as being a cheater stoner caring best friend considerate ex best friend s brother but them and I didn t click I found Tabitha to be painfully blind to the reality that is around her many issues just didn t seem realistic Take trusting and letting strangers guide your life online for example who in their right mindASSIGNMENT Weed Your dad s weed Tell the counsellor at your school Show the evidenceI mean these online people the people at Life By Committee already torn the family into shatters and now they want to make it worse
By Getting People Involvedgetting people involved you listen Looks like na ve young Tabby would I get that you want the main character to learn a lesson or two in the end but this just was not the ideal lesson to learn when 10 year olds already know this stuffDid you hear Bitty s Tabitha s post Her parents We like destroyed a familyAnother problem I had with Life By Committee was the relationships I did find the family dynamic to be highly exceptional but the friendship and romance was not pleasing at all Tabitha After We Collided (After, used to be friends with Jemma and some chick whose name I forgot already but apparently she was dumped because she was too hotpretty Like honestly implausible much The romance was not better if not worse There was no chemistry between Tabitha and Joe but Tabitha would occasionally say We re soul mates I m paraphrasing here It s like she was trying to convince her nots I mean Joe s just there for the hot body He s got a girlfriend for god s sakeHey TabbySo that was weird TodayWeird goodWeird hotYou re hotCrap What are we doing JoeOh I dunno Maybe cheating on your girlfriend that you love by leading on a hot girl who you only have platonic feelings forMainly I felt like there was too much convincing Web Marketing For Dummies us things by telling as opposed to showing it The author says things such as Elise is a good friend We re soul mates I have feelings for Joe We re in love but we never have it actually shownacted out It s like were expected to just believe all this because the characters in the book say soOverall I felt indifferent towards Life By Committee and struggled as I hadite a lot of suspension of disbelief moments The characters story idea relationships and logic just couldn t click with me Will leave a review when I am no longer mad over the fact that even when I thought I was dying of exhaustion at 1 am last night I could not put this book down and
proceeded to finish it over the next two hours I ve beento finish it over the next two hours I ve been conflicted on my thoughts about this book so writing this review has been very time consuming and honestly a little difficult I keep going back and forth I liked it No I really didn t like it Well I kind of liked it Parts were awesome and I didn t want to put it down Then I hated it Yes it was one of THOSE kinds of booksFirst let s talk about the characters We have Tabitha who is all kinds of a hot mess She s hooking The Undesirables up with a guy she s completely infatuated with who by the way has a girlfriend Cheating angry Lisa I don t normally mind cheating in books It I struggled to decide what to rate this book but after thinking it over I decided I didn t really enjoy it I didn t hate it but it 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.