Book Review: She, Myself & I – Emma Young
Title: She, Myself and I Author: Emma young Publisher: Stripes Publishing Release date: March 8th 2018 Genre: YA contemporary
Ever since Rosa’s nerve disease rendered her quadriplegic, she’s depended on her handsome, confident older brother to be her rock and her mirror. But when a doctor from Boston chooses her to be a candidate for an experimental brain transplant, she and her family move from London in search of a miracle. Sylvia—a girl from a small town in Massachusetts—is brain dead, and her parents have agreed to donate her body to give Rosa a new life. But when Rosa wakes from surgery, she can’t help but wonder, with increasing obsession, who Sylvia was and what her life was like. Her fascination with her new body and her desire to understand Sylvia prompt a road trip based on self-discovery… and a surprising new romance. But will Rosa be able to solve the dilemma of her identity?
This is a really difficult one to review. To be honest, I didn’t like the book that much. I can’t call it a bad book, but it certainly wasn’t a good book either. I really loved the summary, a book about a girl who gets a full brain transplant looked like an amazing and probably very emotional story. But, it actually wasn’t that emotional.
I did like the first half of the book. This part focused on the part before Rosa’s brain surgery and her recovery process. It was really nice to read about such a difficult topic and it felt very realistic. It must be so hard to wake up in a completely new body and I’m glad the author didn’t rush this process too much. The second part of the story focused more on her learning to love her new body and coming to terms with the fact that she lives in a body that once belonged to a girl with a totally different life. Before I started this book I thougt that I would be loving that part, but it was just so different from what I expected it too be. It felt weird and a bit fake, like the author had a difficult time imaging how a real girl would react I a situation like this.
I loved the side characters more than the two main characters, I think they were really good and really realistic. Especially the brother is such a complete cutie. He knows exactly what his sister needs and really is her light in the darkness. Sometimes you just need someone who gives you the much needed reality check even in the darkest times. And he really is the best in doing that. The parents acted like every parent would react in a situation like this. Rosa herself who is a very strong girl but isn’t very brave when you talk about social interactions suddenly seems a bit recited in the second part of the book. She just started acting out of character a bit too much for me to find it believably. I understand a surgery like that is completely life-changing, it was just a bit too much.
I’m a romance addict, but the romance part in this book just felt unnecessary for me. It was a bit rushed and felt too fake. She really doesn’t know the guy for that long and I would think that a girl who has been cut of from society for such a long time and isn’t even over the fact that she lives in a new body would be a bit more hesitant to trow herself into a relationship like that. I get the fact that she craves a for a bit of love (other that the love she receives of her family). I wouldn’t have missed it if they just stayed friends.
Overall it was a decent book and I don’t regret reading it, it just missed some depth.