I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl – Gretchen McNeil ***Review***

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I’m going to be painfully honest and admit that going into this book, I had absolutely no idea what a “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” was – but once it was explained in the book, I had an “a-ha!” moment like no other. I’ve seen these girls in movies, hell I’ve known a few of them as my friends! There is something to be said for books that make you look at things and people differently – though not in a bad way.

For those of you who haven’t read it, or are just as confused by the term as I was, the definition is:

man·ic pix·ie dream girl
  1. (especially in film) a type of female character depicted as vivacious and appealingly quirky, whose main purpose within the narrative is to inspire a greater appreciation for life in a male protagonist.
    “she turns the male fantasy of the manic pixie dream girl on its ear”

If you take a second to think about it, there are manic pixie dream girls in SO many movies and books. This book uses Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Summer (500 Days of Summer) as two of its main examples. Since Audrey Hepburn and Zoey Deschanel are two of my all-time favourite actresses, it was easy for me to make the connection.

One of the things about this book that I thoroughly enjoyed, was the fact that there were always people who liked Bea for who she was. There are a lot of books out there that encourage the whole makeover montage and immediately fall in love with the changes in the character. That being said, there are also lots of books out there where the changes upset the people closest to the main character. So I guess this isn’t a huge revelation, it just always makes me incredibly happy to find there are friends, family, and love interests that can appreciate a person who continues to be his/herself. In a world of constantly changing trends and ideals, it’s nice to think that those people still exist.

All in all, I did like this book. I’m not usually a huge fan of the whole love triangle thing, but I found this one well constructed and believable. Although there were points where I wanted to grab Bea by the shoulders and give her a good shake while screaming “JESSE IS NOT A NICE PERSON! FORGET ABOUT HIM!” But that’s the beauty of books, sometimes you get so invested in the characters that you want to take care of them, have them as friends and give them the advice that they so desperately need. Bea was a math-lete, incredibly book smart – but obviously not socially smart.

In the end, I give this book 4.5 stars. (0.5 is removed for a little lack of compassion on Bea’s part, but you’ll have to read the book to understand what I mean.)

Happy reading Wordnerds!

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