Can be read as a standalone.
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 absolutely loved Vain. It was a well-written, powerful and emotional YA story that felt so real and takes the reader on a beautiful yet ugly journey of humanity.
To begin with we find our main character Sophie to be a bitch personified. She is, on the surface, an ugly person through her actions which are without forethought of consequence. She could not care one iota who she hurts in the process when she goes for what she wants. She is a spoiled rich brat who has no real friends nor has she had any parental love and guidance growing up. Sophie is angry and feels so alone so she manipulates people to feel something then discards it and moves on to the next object or person, only to repeat the same behaviour. I have to admit here that I disliked her tremendously to begin with despite knowing there was more to her as a character.
Sophie has been through the courts on several occasions and when she is once again caught with drugs she gets sentenced to six months working at an orphanage in Uganda. Nightmare for Sophie right?! Our Sophie has no idea what a life altering “sentence” this will turn out to be. The moment Sophie’s feet touch African soil her journey of self-discovery and redemption begins. This journey highlights what faith, love and honesty to oneself and others can achieve.
Joining her on this journey is Ian who works at the orphanage. Now Ian, understandably, is not impressed at his first sight of Sophie. He has her pegged immediately. I absolutely loved Ian. He was gorgeous, extremely honest and a hard-working true hero. Sophie and Ian’s relationship was perfectly paced and came across as genuine and real. It was the kind that leaves butterflies and I loved it.
The setting of this journey was heart breaking and harrowing. It was real life. It gave glimpses of what life is truly like for many whilst incorporating a girls journey…a love story…a second chance of healing and becoming who you truly are and want to be.