Author: Gretchen McNeil
To be published: October 18th 2016 by Balzer+Bray
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.8)
Date Read: September 30th, 2016
Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She’s starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.
So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it’s time to use The Formula for herself. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.
Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she’s messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?
This is surprisingly good! And it was unexpected that I binge-read this for 4 hours. The concept wasn’t that new and unique but knowing that it’s the author’s first book of this kind because she usually writes horror/paranormal. I can say that it is well written, and I like the development of the characters and the story. Also, the complications of the story made it interesting for me. There were funny, dramatic, and intense moments and they led to a great book!
Bea, the main character, is half Filipino! And the author even used some Filipino (Tagalog) words and descriptions when she is talking to her mom. It made me more interested and excited reading the book. I like that she has good relationships with her parents, who were divorced, and even with her stepmom. She got that typical trait of books like this: brainy but being bullied. What I didn’t like about her is that she let insecurity took over her.
The whole situation described on story happens in reality and usually it turns out like this, the person changes himself only to find out that the way he is before is better. I like that Bea realized that and that other things more important than going after a boyfriend who dumped you and seeking revenge because of insecurity. This book also included diversity and a bit of feminism.
Teenagers, especially girls need to read this! 🙂