Vain by Fisher Amelie
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 24, 2012
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*I received a copy of the eBook from InkSliger in exchange for an honest review.
If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.
Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.
I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
I’m not sure it’s possible for me to express with words, just how much I loved Vain by Fisher Amelie. I’ll admit in the beginning Sophie wasn’t exactly my favorite person, but I expected that. Amelie did an amazing job of creating Sophie in a way that showed off her worst possible qualities and yet still made me want to know more about what makes her tick.
I’ve read a lot of stories with good character development, but Vain might be the best redemption story I’ve ever read, and that’s saying something. Seeing Sophie change from a self-absorbed, materialist, spoiled brat into a young woman who would give her life for the people she cares about is absolutely beautiful.
I love the contrast in her reaction when she first gets to Masego and then when she needs to leave to meet the judge back in America. The two distinct reactions are practically polar opposites. Also Vain is full of amazing supporting characters. The chemistry between Sophia and Ian practically pops off the pages.
I love how he’s hard on her at first and then they grow together much like Sophie grows as a person. Karina is also amazing as is Pemmy. He might actually be my favorite outside of Sophie and Ian. I think what I love most about this book though is the journey. Yes, the romance is nice and it’s written incredibly well, but I love seeing how Sophia got from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’.
I’m incredibly impressed with the way Amelie writes about such a sensitive subject. She does it a great deal of justice and doesn’t leave out any of the horrifying details. I teared up, laughed, said a whole bunch of girly ‘Awws’ and there were points where my heart ached for some of the characters. The way Amelie captured every emotion on the spectrum has me in awe of her talent.
I know I haven’t said much about the actual plot, but this is one of those books you really need to read to get the full effect of the message behind the story. When Sophie gets caught with drugs at a party and is sentenced to six months in Uganda helping a home for children, it is absolutely the best thing to ever happen to her, even if she doesn’t think so at first. Vain is heart wrenching, intense and emotional and I enjoyed every single page. :)
Fisher Amelie is the author of The Leaving Series, Callum & Harper and Thomas & January. She began her writing career as a copywriter for an internet marketing company wherein one of their client's said, 'Hey! You're funny. You should write books'. Which in turn she said, 'Hey, get out of here! This is the lady's restroom.' While washing her hands and the embarrassment from her face, she thought they may have had a valid point. So, she took the thousands of hours of writing stories growing up, tucked them into her pocket and began writing and writing and writing.