“There was a feeling that was worse than being disappointed by someone who was supposed to love you: the feeling of disappointing someone you supposedly love.” ~~ C. S. Johnson (Book: The Girl of All My Memes)
It’s been such a long time since I last read a young adult novel. So I went in search of one and zeroed in on this one. Memes are indeed popular online, even if they do look disgusting at times.
Let’s find out a bit more about ‘The Girl of All My Memes’….
Genre: Young-Adult Romance.
Main Characters: Tommy Baher; Kara Metaxas.
‘The Girl of All My Memes by C. S. Johnson’ ~~ Synopsis:
All his life, Tommy has lived under the shadow of his elder brother’s achievements, in school and at home. He does his best to outshine his brother’s past achievements and be known for his achievements.
Needless to say the comparison with his elder brother is the bane of his existence. His parents also seem more concerned for the future of his elder brother than him.
But Tommy doesn’t stop trying and won’t stop trying unless he’s made a name for himself in the high school. All’s going well until another competitor emerges on the scene – Kara. It seems she’s smarter than him and he doesn’t want to lose to her.
He’s also confused if he dislikes or likes her, but one thing he does know is he wants to score better and higher grades than her.
Tommy & Kara gets a chance to participate in the Junior Science and Technology Symposium, Tommy begins to see the competition as a way to not just get out of his brother’s shadows, but beat Kara too.
Winning the competition would establish Tommy’s intelligence. He likes the idea; he even begins to like spending time debating with Kara.
In between, he loves making funny memes using a photo of Kara and shares it with one of his friends. But the more Tommy gets to know Kara the more he likes her. The less he wants to use her picture for the funny memes, but it seems he’s addicted to not just using the picture, but getting a chance to look at it.
All was well, until it wasn’t. Tommy all of a sudden is uncertain how he’d correct his mistake, but knows he has to at least try.
As much I wanted to like the story, I found my interest waning with each chapter. I’m not surprised as there’s nothing much in it and could have been shorter.
It only gets interesting towards the end and you realize why the plot twist is reserved for the end. If the plot twist was shared in the middle of the plot, the story would have ended immediately afterwards.
Some Lessons from ‘The Girl of All My Memes’:
1: Don’t be a doormat for anyone and do their homework or whatever tasks they want you to do, till they start taking you for granting. Or rather they start seeing and treating you as their personal slave who has no right to say no and if you do manage to say no, they would take as an insult and some sort of revenge.
2: Of course, it also means keeping the right people around you and keeping the company of the right people.
3: Doing something just to put someone down could get you in trouble. Of course, it leaves you without a clue about what you really want to do with your life.
So there are lessons in the story and to some extent it is a good story. But that’s not enough as the story has to be an interesting one too.
‘The Girl Of All My Memes’ is also a first Young-Adult novel I have read with only male POV when dual POV is taking over fiction. It’s a change and I liked it, if only Tommy’s mumbled less. Maybe Kara’s POV would have balanced it out.
As reading Tommy’s delusions of grandeur are in no way funny and after a while it’s difficult to continue reading: how great he is and how no one sees his greatness because of his elder brother.
Hit or Miss: OK.
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