Ann, Not Annie

Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman

Author: Sage Steadman
Date Started: 12-Apr-18
Date Finished: 19-Apr-18
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

Book Blurb: (GoodReads)
“Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper she spends more time in detention with the rest of the school rejects than she does fantasizing about Jacob Waters wearing spandex.

Her best friend and devout alien believer, Lisa, doesn’t like the changes she’s seeing in her BFF. Neither does Danny Feller, a fellow detention inmate and resident lost boy who has started keeping an extra watchful and unwanted eye on Ann.

When a chance encounter in an empty hallway changes everything, Ann finds all her dreams coming true and she is well on her way to living the perfect life she’s always wanted. But appearances aren’t always what they seem and Ann is going to have to face not just cold hard facts, but also her past.”

Main Character:
Ann/Annie Grey

Other Characters:
Meredith Grey – Ann’s mother
Tommy Grey – Ann’s youngest brother
William Grey – Ann’s older brother
Lisa – Ann’s best friend
Danny Feller – schoolmate from detention
Jacob Waters – schoolmate and friend of William
T.F.P. Clique members: Greg Arbertson, Krissy Stevenson, Maggi Shirvey, Terrell, Bryce
Glenwood teachers
Uncle Joe

Thoughts on the book:
Ann, Not Annie.. I kind of guessed what this book was about when I first read the title. Maybe because I also have different names or nicknames by friends (in school, at work, at home), so I somehow have an idea about the story.

Ann, Not Annie is about a girl who wanted to leave behind everything about her past by using a different name, Ann, thinking that this may change her situation and help her move forward. She wanted to leave and forget the Annie that she used to be. She was too focused on how miserable she thinks her life is that she is missing the important things and people around her.

Although for me, the theme of the book is typical, what’s good about this book is that it touches issues some or most teenagers usually face – losing a family member, having an alcoholic parent, friendship – the need to belong, and sexual assault. This could be helpful for teens dealing the same things. This could be a good reading assignment for teenagers as the book also includes useful discussion questions.

I like the story even though it’s like a typical school drama. I liked that, as I mentioned above, it talks or shows issues face by a normal teenager in school and at home. I smiled at the end when I guessed right who the narrator was.

The Jacob Waters part in jail, how a lot of girls came forward to testify, and how he ended up, felt like just a filler. I don’t know but I don’t think I needed to know what happened to him. I felt that it’s just enough to know that he has already paid for everything he did.

About the ending:
Common ending that we see on movies. But you get to know who the narrator is. 🙂

Favorite Quotes:
“Well, most of us don’t notice the small things in life. We’re busy running from one place to another, getting carried away by our thoughts, completely unaware of anything else going on outside us. But if you stop and really pay attention and presence yourself, you notice things you didn’t before and you start to see your world differently.” pg.190.

Note: I got the free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review in Goodreads.

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