Review || Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke



|| BLURB ||

Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing 

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain.

|| REVIEW ||
We all have grown up hearing the phrase, ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and time and again it has been proven to be absolutely right. However, this time, the exact opposite has happened because Damsel Distressed by Kesley Macke is as beautiful inside as it is from the outside.
So, I firstly admit that the main reason I bought this book was due to it’s gorgeous cover and the spectacular artworks and fonts of the book. But also when I read the blurb of this book, I was immediately intrigued.A modern day fairy tale told from the supposedly ”ugly stepsister’s” perspective, Damsel Distressed was an incredibly delightful read! It made me experience so many emotions. I cried with Imogen, cried for her, smiled with her, laughed with her and prayed for her to get the happy ending she deserved.
Imogen as a character was sweet, funny, kind, complex and so very human.

I really hated Ella / Carmella, Gen’s stepsister, because she was downright cruel to her and it was towards the very end that we kind of come to know the reason behind her behavior. Kind of because it was not 100% clarified which I suppose was intentionally left upon the readers to interpret.

This book had some very genuine, real and wonderful characters. Starting with Imogen’s best friend and her constant source of comfort, who she also had more-than-friendship feelings for, the very cute and nerdy Grant. Who one blame Imogen for crushing  on him when he was such a sweetheart
He is undoubtedly by new book boyfriend :p

The romance in this book was very sweet and would make you feel giddy and gooey from inside. And even though  it was quite innocent, there was a lot of sexual tension and sizzling chemistry lingering in the air.

Anyways, apart from Grant, Imogen was really lucky to have a bunch of these amazingly caring and supportive friends. Brice, Jonathan, Antonique…were all very beautiful and endearing characters. I would really wish to have these kind of friends in my life as well.

What I admired about this story was it’s closeness to the reality of life. Imogen was not shown to be flawless character. She was insecure, judgemental, sometimes insensitive and selfish and had an escapist nature and an intense inferiority complex.

The story even though with a slightly slow pace, was about how Imogen discovered herself. She found her strength from within herself overcoming her fears and flaws. She not only started seeing herself with a new eye of understanding but also those around her. Imogen’s character revolution was portrayed beautifully.

I loved how the author actually dealt with some pretty serious issues like depression and anxiety disorders in a very thoughtful and sensitive way and gave us a glimpses of how it actually is for a person going through these psychological problems. that people in general take so lightly.

I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend all those who like the YA Contemporary genre to definitely give this book a try.

My Rating  –  ★★★★1/2


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