Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend. To redefine her reputation among her Ivy Leagueobsessed classmates, Nic begins writing their college admissions essays.But the more essays Nic writes for other people, the less sure she becomes of herself, the kind of person she is, and whether her moral compass even points north anymore....
|Title||:||500 Words or Less|
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500 Words or Less Reviews
Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I just really really didn't care for this book. I wanted to! And I liked some parts of it--it was really interesting to see the story from the main character's point of view, but that wasn't enough for me to like it.
“Maybe I was broken inside,
with a moral compass
that no longer pointed north.
Or maybe I just wanted
to be wanted,
to be heard,
to be seen,
Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white)
TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, parental abandonment.
I don't know if books written in verse is not my thing, but what I know is that this book wasn't for me.
In 500 Words or Less we follow Nic Chen who started her senior year after she went through a breakup after she cheated on her ...more
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.
It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic’s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with his best friend (and it’s not lost on her that his best friend has suffered no consequences for his part in cheating) and being known as the girl who’s mom walked out. She’s ready to make a new name for herself when she sta ...more
Nic Chen's mother disappeared and after cheating on her boyfriend with a friend, Nic herself has been branded a slut. From whispers in the hallway to a lipstick scrawl of "whore" on her locker, Nic finds herself feeling isolated from her peers -- and herself.
But when she begins to write college admissions essays for her peers, even though she doesn't need the money, she begins to uncover some of the depths of those around her. Depths she'd never seen before. And when she loses someone important ...more
i'm trash for well-written novel in verse
There was literally no reason for this to be in verse, and I'm irrationally annoyed by it.
I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At best, the whole thing felt like an odd grouping of Instagram poetry.
As for the story itself, it was generic. A pathetic love triangle with cheating, disappearing moms, absent fathers, oh my! I can't tell you how man ...more
beautiful, sad, broken and real