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Freaks of Greenfield High by Maree Anderson

Freaks of Greenfield High
by Maree Anderson

Freaks of Greenfield High (Freaks 1)

By: Maree Anderson

Release Date: September 9, 2011

Rating: 2.5 stars

Summary:Freaks of Greenfield High: When a teenage cyborg is forced to hide out at a small-town high school, the unthinkable happens: she falls in love.(Winner of the Maryland Romance Writers Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest.)Jay’s a cyborg who looks just like normal teenage girl. She’s super-strong, super-smart, and she can even appear to grow and age like a human. When a covert organization intent on using Jay as a weapon comes after her, she needs to find a place where she can blend in. Greenfield High seems perfect… except that the boys all think she’s totally hot and keep hitting on her, and she has no clue how to handle the attention. Who knew high school could be so perilous?To add to her confusion she’s evolving – experiencing human emotions for the first time. And when she encounters ex-jock-turned-outcast Tyler, he sends her logical brain into a spin. She’s just starting to get the hang of this girlfriend/boyfriend thing when her pursuers track her down. Now’s sooo not the time for a cyborg to fall in love and get all emotional!

 

Review: This was a fun read, as long as I remembered not to take it too seriously. If the cover had depicted something more scifi-ish, I wouldn’t have thought it was anything special. The story about a cyborg going into hiding in the middle of nowhere, meeting new people and making friends and realizing that he/she can feel is not a new concept. It was cliche and predictable (Michael’s role has been done before too), but it was entertaining and enjoyable.

There were a few things I did not like about the book though, the main one being the fact that I understand that Tyler is a popular-boy-turned-outcast. But why couldn’t he just be someone who was shunned from the clique? Why did the book have to overlabel him by giving him the shaggy, emo look or establishing the fact that he was poet and musician or by turning him from the star jock to the coach of the ladies softball team? Why do all of those have to make him be a freak?

The other thing was there were just some things that Jay did that annoyed me. Like all of these excretions coming from her pores. Yes, she may be some super machine, but flea repellant and zit cream doesn’t come from thin air or just some robotic computation. The chemicals or substance must have come from somewhere.

I liked the characters in the book – Jay, Caro, Tyler (although he really pissed me of the way he reacted, specially after everything he had gone through) – and all of the other supporting roles played their respective parts. I just wish there had been some memorable lines that had me smiling or chuckling or had some other emotional effect on me.

Overall, it was not a bad read, and I enjoyed it.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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