TITLE: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary
AUTHOR: NoNieqa Ramos
TRIGGER WARNING: Poverty and a Family being ripped apart.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: WalkerBooksAUS sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. She’s got more pressing problems: her mom can’t move off the couch, her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. With an honesty that’s both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can’t tell her incarcerated father that her mom’s cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection . . . the kind of protection that involves Macy’s machete.
The Disturbed Girl’s Dictonary is a book that deals with a girl challenging Child Services and being a teenager. The main character Macy is angry and unafraid to show who she is, no matter the consequences.
Firsts thing first, if you have an issue with slang being used in a novel, you might find that an issue here, as NoNieqa uses Macy’s diary throughout the novel. This means most of it is as Macy would have written it down, and that isn’t in ‘proper english’ as some would say. It didn’t bother me in the slightest, I found myself able to adapt to it pretty fast, but some might find it harder, especially if English isn’t your native language.
I think this was a tough novel, hitting some hard and sensitive topics. But they were topics that needed attention. From the Main Character going hungry, or having your family torn apart, there were a plethora of things that aren’t talked about in YA novels, things that people and teens need to know about. These topics are hard to read sometimes, but they mean the world to the kids who have had to deal with those things themselves, and can finally feel represented.
Macy seemed like an unlikable character from the outside, snarky and angry at the world. But it became obvious as the novel progressed, that this was her way to survive, and hide how broken she was feeling. I think this is something we’ve seen a few times in YA, but not enough, and not often enough at all, from a girls perspective.
While this book was just an okay read for me, because I just didn’t click with the characters, or get invested in the plot, I think this is going to help alot of people.
until next time,