Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Life by Committee
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
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?


Publishes in US: May 13th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA contemp
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss
Series? No

Buy it:

Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu at Amazon Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu at Barnes & Noble Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu at Indiebound

Author stalk away: ~site ~twitter ~facebook ~blog

    I wanted to read this one because the cover and synopsis appealed to me. I wanted to know what the secrets were, how the love would develop, and more about this committee and what goes on with assignments. 
    Right away I caught on to the excitement of Tabitha and falling in love. It is an internet connection, but she knows him in real life. And then came my problem. Joe already has a girlfriend. But she admitted that she wasn't the kind of girl to kiss someone's boyfriend, but she had to say that she wanted to kiss him. I don't get why he is with his current girlfriend, and he seemed to have another personality at school and then seperate when he is chatting with Tab. 
    Tab's falling out with her childhood friends because "she was going in a different direction." Now they make mean comments or give her the cold shoulder, and not only are they at school with her, they also come to her family's cafe. 
    Her family dynamics are interesting. Her dad seems more like a big brother and her mom looks out for everyone. I like that he gets her "active reading" she has conversations and writes in her books and takes them to the used book store. She likes to find other people's notes to find out what they were thinking and feeling while reading. Her deep love of books and ability to feel and connect with the characters so much is what kept me so hooked. 
    Because even though there was chemistry and the time spent together, Joe is with Sasha... who has some depression issues. And even with that, its hard to let myself fall for someone who is cheating. What's to say he wouldn't get bored of Tab, and cheat on her? I could empathize with Tab because of raging hormones and the connection, feeling like someone else gets you, thinks you're smart, pretty, worth attention... well, its an addictive feeling. But to let it go on with him still with Sasha, she probably should have stepped away. But we all make bad decisions, and it lead to the plot and drama in her world. 
    But it just got harder and harder as she got deeper into the Life by Committee site, they have you share a secret and complete an assignment or they say your secrets aren't safe. At first she feels this big rush, that they are really making her life better, helping her make better choices. But she seems to be making more and more bad decisions, it feels like her family is starting to unravel, her dad smoking weed more and more, pregnant mom Cate stressing about raising this baby right, and word starts going around about Tab and Joe. Tab has confrontations with her ex-best friend Jemma, and Tab is still trying to understand what went wrong, and why she is alienated. 
    But then she hurts or pushes away childhood friend Devon as well as her only real life friend Elise. She makes other plans, or blurts her secrets, and she feels more and more alone. The assignments that once felt exhilerating just seem to be getting harder, and feel more wrong to her. She is trying to grasp at straws but the one person she connected most with on the site, Star goes silent at the moment where she is needing her the most. 
     It all clicks with her in a huge moment near the end of the book, and everything starts to fall into place, and the way she views herself and LBC site starts to shift. I was kinda expecting parts of the twist, but I couldn't put them into place fully myself before the reveal. The ending scene is hardcore powerful and I totally appreciate that sort of ending. I know that its highly unlikely, but I think that given the extreme motivation and Tab's actions, that its not outside the realm of possibility. I would just be curious to see if things and relationships at the school changed a week or a month out, knowing what they did. 
     But I especially liked how hope was sown in Tabs' family and that the strong bond that was tested with all of Tabs changes and the outing and pressure from the new baby. 
Bottom Line: Follows Tab, whose like goes into hot mess territory before she realizes a new and different way to heal friendships, family and the right way to find her best life.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
In the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?
Follow on Bloglovin


  1. Whoa! This sounds pretty intense. I kinda like books where one moment it's like a fairy tale, and then after a minute, it spirals all down due to a few bad mistakes. This is making me more excited to read it, because it could only result to awesome character development. With that said though, I'm not sure what to feel about the cheating. I HATE CHEATING. It's unacceptable for me, so I hope this one handles that right at least... Great review!!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

  2. The cover really makes me want to read it!

  3. I'm always curious when we have secrets in a book because I'm really curious to discover them.

  4. This was full of them, with some difficult ones in there

  5. It is a nice cover, but man, it is a little misleading

  6. I feel ya. I don't know if it was really my norm but caught my eye

  7. It def was a spiral into bad decisions. For me there was character growth, but it came all at once, and we didn't get to see a chance if it would stick.

  8. I loved Corey's other book so I'm REALLY wanting to read this. We actually discussed this last night when I went to dinner with some of my friends and my friend Mel loved it. Hopefully I can get my hands on it.

  9. I like the premise of this one, too. I'm just not sure I want to read it. It sounds complicated. But I do want to know who this committee is...on the fence I guess.

    I think telling other peoples' secrets to nameless faceless people is going to far.

  10. This book has caught my eye several times. I don' read as many contemporaries, but I really like the premise of this one - LBC sounds like it's going to put Tab through the wringer before all is said and done. I'm glad that it ended with a bang and great outcome. Glad you enjoyed this one, Brandi :)

  11. Jenea WhittingtonMay 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I have a copy of this one, but I haven't read it yet. I'm not so sure I will enjoy this if there is cheating, it is one those button pushers for me. I might give a try at a later time. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :)

  12. there is, and it stays a major theme but is finally dealt with

  13. Oh, it did. Some good ways and other bad, but all taught her more about herself or treatment of others

  14. It was a complicated read, some I liked others I didn't

  15. Yeah, I enjoyed OCD a lot too, but was pretty different

  16. I've seen this around and I wasn't sure if I should give it a try. I'm glad to hear you liked it, but I'm not the biggest fan of cheating. I might put this in my maybe pile. Thank you for your lovely review!

  17. Ugh...cheating.I never understand it. i am so glad you enjoyed this one Brandi

  18. Cheating is always tough for me.... it makes me so mad! But this one sounds like a good read. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  19. Oh our blogs are twins today!! :) This book is not for me as cheating is one thing that I never understand. Great review, Brandi :)

  20. Unfortunately, I can understand it, but I still don't like it

  21. It really does, because someone gets hurt

  22. I can see how it happens, but I still have a hard time with it. But I know it happens in real life

  23. I liked the premise before I knew about the cheating

  24. I didn't like this book as much as you did - unfortunately. I really was looking forward to it.

  25. Precious @ Fragments of LifeMay 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    I am particularly against cheating. :( The differing personalities of the guy in real life and in the internet though is something that some of us would find interesting. In the net, we could always establish a different persona to represent ourselves. But then again, it is just too complicated. I would look into this. Thank you for your review!

  26. I agree that it was hard for me to watch her with a guy who already has a girlfriend, but I also think that was an important part of her journey in the story. I was much less of a fan of the LBC stuff -- I think she did some pretty bad stuff because they told her to...
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  27. Nowadays, my patience is a little short when it comes to impulsive, foolish characters. I think I will have a problem connecting with her.

  28. I love hardcore endings! How everything ends how it should. Great review Brandi.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  29. wow this book sounds like it got a lot going on, a little unsure about the cheating.


I would love to hear from you! (I always try to visit your blog back) I love links, so feel free to link to your blog or a post you like.
Sorry, but I am award and tag free zone, I do not have the time to return. Comments are reward enough :)