If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.
Review: I cannot say enough about how much I loved this book. Sophie Price is a class a "b" when the book starts. I pictured Sophie as a more likable later years Lohan. Sure she is a slut, junkie, and all around careless rich girl; but Fisher ultimately creates a character who is somehow likable in this jumbled mess of a person. More than just creating a supremely entitled character, Fisher creates a beautiful journey of a woman realizing that she's not the only person in the world.
The characters in Vain are beyond amazing. Sophie Price is a complex and completely awesome character. She is so completely entitled and ignorant, and seeing her journey throughout the book was astonishing. Ian Aberdeen is too perfect for words. I think he is a brilliant example of a person redeemed, but doesn't know how to reintegrate himself back into a world that is cold and unwelcoming. The secondary characters in this book were detailed, wonderful, and I felt like I was friends with them. Spencer was charming and someone who was ultimately there for Sophie with no strings attached. I have a hardcore crush on Spencer, and could literally go on and on with reasons as to why I love him.
Pembrook, or Pemy as Sohpie calls him, was the guiding adult figure that balanced out Sophie's atrociously absent rich parents. The characters in Vain are so wonderfully real and interesting. Fisher truly has a talent in writing characters who are so complex, and yet completely relatable.
The setting in this book was beyond awesome, because you literally don't see it coming. When I started reading the book, I figured it would take place mainly in L.A. Yeah, I was so wrong about that. She is court ordered to go to Africa. I honestly thought it was hilarious she thought this was like a death sentence. She goes shopping for clothes like she is going to the end of the world, albeit with style. This whole scene honestly did crack me up slightly, but I was again brought back down to earth with the events that took place shortly after. As we see Sophie leave on this journey, I really felt how helpless she felt. It was consuming. I didn't just feel for Sophie, I became Sophie, and when she first lands in Africa the blows just keep coming. I like that Africa is a place for her to try to start over, but she can't really escape from her past. She becomes a person who isn't defined by her past, but still recognizes that it is apart of her.
Sophie's transformation is something that is so relevant to life as anyone in a first world country knows it. No one truly knows what is going on in third world countries until you are literally standing there. I have actually been to Africa, and Sophie's revelations while there resounded with me exponentially. Sophie faces events that we see in the media, but completely disregard. It's astounding to be brought face to face with events that seem so trivial in our world, yet can decimate people just like us a half a world away.
I can't say enough about how great Vain is. Fisher is honestly one of the best character building authors I have run across while on my blogging journey. I remember reading my first Fisher Amelie book Callum and Harper, and thinking, "wow I don't know how she can do better than this." But, really guys every book she has released is pure talent in word form. In Sophie, Fisher Amelie creates a character who should be so supremely unlikable, but still possesses a redeemable quality you just can't help but root for. Please do yourself a favor and go pick up Vain.