An Anonymous Girl

My Rating: ⭐️1 out of 5 ⭐️’s

This is a review of An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. This book came in fourth place on the last poll I ran, and I was really looking forward to reviewing it! The cover drew me in and the story sounded like it would be a real page turner. The reality? It is by far one of the worst books I have ever read. One of the reasons I haven’t been as active on my blog over the last month is because of this book. I could barely finish the darn thing you guys!! Not only that but it was so terrible it didn’t provide anything quote worthy— so I wasn’t able to keep my followers on social media intrigued because there literally wasn’t anything worth sharing from this book. This will be a short review because the book wasn’t worth the time I devoted to finishing it, so I refuse to let it seep up anymore of my time other than what is required to warn my followers about it.

What is it about?

The book is about a hard working young girl, Jessica, living in New York who struggles with self esteem issues. She does not have a good understanding of herself, her self worth, and regularly beats herself up with guilt over a choice she made in her childhood— that led to an accident (and she thinks everyone in her family and seemingly everyone in the entire world would disown her and despise her if they knew about it). The story slowly progresses and Jessica ends up getting involved in a psychological study ran by a woman who goes by the name of Dr. Shields. Jessica admires Dr. Shield’s and becomes obsessed with her. Dr. Shields uses Jessica as a pawn to get involved in her personal life with her husband and convinces Jessica that what she is doing is perfectly fine and ethical.

The Good:

Honestly, nothing. I cannot think of one good thing to say about this book. I disliked it THAT much.

The Bad:

This book is mind numbingly slow, predictable and boring. At first I thought if I just get into it a little more it will get better, but it never does. The characters are one dimensional, and lack any depth. Jessica is insecure to an abhorrent, almost unbelievable degree, and she admires the shallow, predictable Dr. Shield’s for reasons that don’t add up. Readers are immediately able to pick up on the fact that Dr. Shields is not a good person and that she has bad intentions, specifically with Jessica. Jessica is too slow and enamored with Dr. Shields to properly pick up on this until it is too late. This is maddening as a reader. We are taken on a slow journey that elicits a tone of suspense but never actually achieves suspense, or any element of surprise for that matter.

My Takeaway:

If you go take a look at the reviews of this book on amazon you will see a lot of negative reviews, but mixed in with those are four and five star reviews. I find it hard to believe that there is anyone out there who would rate this book highly. I think some of the reviewers must have been paid off or something! Also, how in the world did it make it onto the NYT Bestseller list?! My advice? Don’t waste your time giving it another thought and warn all your reader friends about it.