I Was a Bitch by Emily Ruben

I Was a Bitch: A Romance Mystery Book by [Ruben, Emily]

4 Stars

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: October 10th, 2016

Genre: Romance, Young Adult

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

After waking up from a coma, Lacey Jones discovers that she is the ruling queen bitch of high-school and in the middle of a love triangle with two guys. If only she hadn’t lost all memory of it!

When Lacey Jones wakes up after a horrific accident, she realizes that she’s lost all memory of the last two years. In this time, she has turned from a wallflower into the gorgeous and popular Queen Bee of her high school. Adding to the confusion, she is confronted with two guys who claim to love her; her football star boyfriend and the mysterious and attractive Finn.

Now Lacey has to figure out who she can trust as she starts to put her life back together and slowly discovers what really happened on the night of the accident.

Will she be able to resist her developing feelings for Finn and stay loyal to her boyfriend?

My review:

I Was a Bitch is a book that you definitely shouldn’t judge by its cover or title. When I first started reading it, I thought it was going to be a Mean Girls knock-off. What I got, instead, was this excellent book where the main character has to discover not only herself but what happened to her the night got into the accident that led to her 2-month coma.

Imagine thinking that you are 16 again and being told, nope, you are 18 and almost graduating high school. It was a shock to Lacey. The passage where she sees her face was hilarious and a little sad

I had boobs. And my teeth were white and aligned like a model’s. My hair was a chestnut-brown with beautiful waves, framing my-dare I say-perfect face. But it wasn’t the most shocking thing. No, no. The thing was: I looked…way older. Like, eighteen-years-old girl older

When she meets Mel, Claire, and Derek, she can’t believe that these people who look like models are her best friends and boyfriend.

Then she meets Finn and omg, did the sparks fly between them. There was instant chemistry. Finn leaves her his laptop, and she finds out that there is something between them. What, she isn’t sure (remember that the last two years of her memory is gone).

She also realizes that she wasn’t a very nice person before her accident. She figures that out by reading texts and looking at pictures of her drunk at parties. She starts to feel very ashamed about some of the things that she did before the accident.

It isn’t very long for her to realize that there is something up about the night of her accident (Derek wasn’t exactly smooth about his questions). She is determined to get her memory back. When she starts to have memory flashes, she gets closer to what happened and the events leading up to it. Finn was a godsend to her during this time. He tried to jog her memory and was so sweet to her. I did “awwwww” during about 90% of his scenes with her.

Her romance with Finn was sweet, but it did seem to be a little one-sided at first. She kept stringing him along while still going out with Derek, and it bothered me. She was stringing him along before the accident, and she was stringing him along after the accident. In Lacey’s defense, though, she had no memory and people were telling her that she and Derek were still together. They also had no clue about Finn (maybe because he was her side guy).

Derek started nice and then morphed into something else. The comment about Finn’s mother started me down the path of not liking him, and by the end of the book, I couldn’t stand him. I cheered when Lacey did what she did to him. He deserved it.

The ending was perfect, and the epilogue, there are no words to describe it. I cried during it, that is how emotionally vested I got in Lacey’s (and eventually Finn’s) story.

I would give I Was a Bitch an Older Teen rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I am on the fence if I would reread I Was a Bitch. I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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