I Was a Bitch – Emily Ruben

32585553.jpgAfter a serious accident, Lacey Jones wakes up from a two-month coma, only to discover that she’s lost her memory of the last two years. In that time, she has somehow become the stunning, sexy queen bee of high school, dating a super-hot footballer and best friends with the most popular girls in school. But if Derek is her boyfriend, who is Finn, the sweet, perfect guy who seems to know her better than anyone else and claims to love her? Lacey now has to figure out who she is and put her life back together, without revealing to anyone that she’s forgotten the past two years of her life.

Okay, so, this book was pretty enjoyable, but seriously flawed. Firstly, the entire premise is questionable. I don’t know how realistic it is for someone to lose such a random and specific time period from their memory, but it doesn’t feel very believable in this book. It was frustrating to read because Lacey creates every problem for herself by refusing to tell anyone (except her extremely unhelpful parents – more on that later) that she’s lost her memory.

Secondly, the writing is very rudimentary. It is basic, and very, very repetitive. This made it quite tiresome to read at times. It was also difficult to make any connection between post-coma Lacey and pre-coma Lacey. In the two years that she’s lost, Lacey seems to have developed an entirely different (and kind of awful) personality that has no bearing on the person she was and is again now.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, Lacey’s parents are unbelievably useless. To begin with, Lacey doesn’t even really recognise them which makes no sense because in her head she has only forgotten two years and her parents have been there her entire life. Then it turns out they’ve split up and even live apart but they never at any point think it might be a good idea to mention this to their daughter, who they know doesn’t remember their split. As some of the only people who know Lacey has lost her memory and who love her and care for her, you’d think they might try to help fill in some of the gaps in her memory, even if they can’t help her with everything. Instead, they are barely around. They don’t even take her to physical therapy. Like, come on parents, your child nearly DIED, where are you?

Basically, this book has a lot of problems. However, I liked it. I Was a Bitch is very enjoyable, in a trashy, teen kind of way. And there is definitely a place for those kinds of books.

I received a copy of this book from Inkitt in exchange for an honest review.

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