BLOG TOUR: Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr - Review & Giveaway

Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: January 18th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rate: 3 STARS
Synopsis: When curvaceous Annalise Bradley’s scandalous freshman year hookup sparks the anger of her female classmates, three of them decide to get her back by "catfishing" her, creating a fake online profile of the perfect boy to toy with her affections.

Against her better nature, introverted Noelle Spiers, goes along with her friends’ plan, hoping to distract Annalise from dreamy Cooper Franklin, her lifelong crush who has fallen for Annalise instead.

As Annalise discovers she is being played and seeks revenge, Noelle increasingly regrets her role in the cruel hoax and tries to salvage their relationship.

Told in alternative perspectives, IDENTITY CRISIS covers romance, betrayal, and timeless friendship in the age of modern technology.
Thinking about Identity Crisis, and I’m not trying to be mean at all, all I can think of is how instead of reading this, and dragging it on for a week, how I could have just read something better. This isn’t entirely the book’s fault as I received fourteen something books this Christmas that excite me to no extent, and some ebooks too, and this wasn’t all that I was expecting it to be either.

For most of Identity Crisis, I was waiting for the characters to get deeper and grittier. To really feel the effect of catfishing; to really feel anything at all, but I just didn’t. It’s a pretty good world, and a pretty good story, that could have been a whole lot better, and I guess that’s what disappointed me the most. That all of these elements – the catfishing, the online boy, the friendship that was based on a lie, bullying, standing up for oneself – and none of them came up to the mark. Especially that friendship between Annalise and Noelle, because that could have been something so much more than ‘What we had was real’ and more how Noelle hurt Annalise and how Annalise hurt her back, and then they realized that none of it mattered.

Although, I HAVE to add, that after a while, Identity Crisis did get a whole lot better. Somewhere in the middle, or rather, nearing the end, the characters finally clicked and became real people in my head – I don’t know how to describe it really, except by saying that everything started happening all at once, everything got chaotic all at once and everything was in this state of crises. And I really really liked it – in fact, it was what I expected the entire to book to be like, if only slightly better.

Identity Crisis is not something I would vehemently recommend, but if you’re starting out in the genre, then I’d recommend this pretty simple read, that could have been a lot better than what it is!

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Melissa Schorr is the YA author of GOY CRAZY (Hyperion 2006) and IDENTITY CRISIS (forthcoming, Merit Press 2016), and a contributor to the YA anthology DEAR BULLY.

She is currently a contributing writer/editor to the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Her freelance work has appeared in numerous publications, including GQ, People, Self, San Francisco magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. 

Melissa currently lives in Boston with her husband, her daughters, and her dog, Bailey.

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IDENTITY CRISIS has part of a song’s lyrics in it. Come up with a SECOND VERSE for the rest of the song in order to enter the giveaway! (Song on the rafflecopter entry) Leave your answer in the rafflecopter and in the comments section!


You sparkle
You shine
Your cheekbones
But a pretty face does not mean a pretty heart.

There’s just no inner beauty
Where is your inner beauty?
Without some inner beauty
You’re a perfect waste of time.

Please note that this entry is mandatory and it's named as the Free Entry.

1 comment:

  1. It's a shame you didn't enjoy as much as you expected. I was hoping this would be a good read but there are mixed opinions of it so I'm undecided on this one...