Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher:Spencer Hill Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing
Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.
When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.
While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.
And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.
My Thoughts: I knew I’d probably like this one as soon as I started it.
We are introduced to Imogen who has her own set of problems. She’s emotional and has had some dealings with her weight and how she looks. She never has very high self esteem. And then her stepsister moves in with her and things get even more hectic. Her stepsister is skinny and all the boys like her. Imogen also has a best friend named Grant. Grant was the perfect guy. He was dreamy and he was there for Gen. He was always there trying to cheer her up and when she was down in the dumps he would be by her side.
Things start looking up for Gen when she gets to play a pretty epic part in the school play. But then things go down when her stepsister does a pretty bad thing.
This book was real! It had real characters and I felt like I was right there experiencing things with them.
I liked this story and the characters!
Overall: As I said before, I thought this one was really good! It felt so real and I loved seeing the scenes with Grant. I even liked her therapist George! I thought this one was pretty neat! I would recommend it to anyone who likes fairy tales! I’d probably rate this a 3.5 overall.
Cover: I like it but its very dark and I don’t know if it would make me pick up in a bookstore or not.
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