Publication Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Some secrets are too good to keep.
Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.
Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.
Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.
Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.
But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?
I didn’t read OCD Love Story, but as soon as I finished Life By Committee I went out and bought it. Corey Ann Haydu writes such an awesome story with LBC. Tabitha is a feisty character and while she certainly makes a lot of stupid mistakes, she’s also a teenager and confused about a lot of things in her life. When she finds Life By Committee, things start working out for her and she really comes into herself as a character. She builds a backbone and stands up for herself, she steps outside of her comfort zone and tries new experiences. But she also is conflicted because she almost lets LBC take over for her. What I really loved about Tabby was how unsure she was of not only herself, but of her choices and her life. She was a genuine teenager who didn’t know the answer to everything and that was okay. She learned from her mistakes and grew because of them.
I love a good contemporary that has me rooting for main love interest, and in Life By Committee I was screaming at Tabby to back up and run away from Joe. He was a dirtbag disguised and a sweet guy who genuinely cared for her, but I just couldn’t get my head wrapped out it. I really wished Haydu had spent a little more time building the relationship between Tabby and the guy I actually wanted her with, but she fell a little short on that and it felt very rushed in the end.
Overall, Life By Committee was a great story about a girl questioning who she is at a very important time in her life, with a family who was equally as unsure as her and a situation in her high school that definitely didn’t help her out in any way. And although I had some issues with the love interests, it kept the book interesting!