Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Katherine Tegen Books, 304 Pages
Source: Bought the audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Voice Actor: Allyson Ryan
Some secrets are too good to keep.
Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.
Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.
Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.
Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.
But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?
You know those characters that you just don’t like? Yeah, well Tabitha was one of those for me. She and this book frustrated me so much! Things got slightly better for me toward the end, but FRUSTRATION was just like a blinking light for me throughout the majority of the book.
First, HANDS OFF someone else’s boyfriend! Gaaah, but I was proud of Tabitha at the end.
Second: Going online and doing crazy assignments? This book definitely felt like a weird mix of Post Secrets and an adrenaline rush. I don’t understand how completing an idiotic task would make anyone feel better? But I do get the whole “community” aspect of it. Really, all I wanted for Tabitha was to go see a professional and talk to them.
I loved the ending of this book (redemption!) but the amount of frustration I felt through the whole thing was suffocating. Parents, get your life together! Tabitha, get your life together! EVERYONE JUST GET IT TOGETHER!
That being said, I think it really says something when characters can get you riled up. Pick this one up!