Title: Vain (The Seven Deadly #1)
Author: Fisher Amelie
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars.
Can be read as a standalone.
If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah…then you’re gonna’ hate my story.
Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.
I’m Sophie Price…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
This book is as gorgeous and amazing as the cover. I have to admit that yes, I bought this book because of the cover, and because my two amazing book sisters had recommended it a few times in the past. I never got around reading it until now and I have to admit I should’ve read it sooner, because I loved every second, every word, of it.
“Vanity’s a debilitating affliction. You’re so absorbed in yourself it’s impossible to love anyone other than oneself, leaving you weak without realization of it. It’s quite sad. You’ve no idea what you’re missing either. You will never know real love and your life will pas you by.”
Vain is the story about life, about really looking at yourself, and thinking if what you are right now is what you always wanted to be. Sometimes, life is not easy, that much is clear for everyone. Some people may have it a bit more difficult than others, but we all have issues, and we all make mistakes. The difference will depend on how you decide to take your actions. Sophie Price has always gotten it easy. She’s the queen of her clique, which follows her and does everything she says should be done. In everyone else’s eyes, she wouldn’t trade her life for anything in the world, but… what was that I was saying earlier? Yeah, we all have issues and we all make mistakes. The ones who try their best to look cool and be the best, are the ones who are struggling the most. At least, that’s what I think, not that we can always assume that, of course.
“My heart was in a perpetual state of sadness and the only relief I could find were in those cathartic cries. I lived a fragile existence.”
Meet Sophie Price, the girl who has it all, and can get anyone and anything just by wanting it, except one thing, and that was her parents’ love and attention. People may think that that’s just a simple excuse a lot of people might say to justify their wrongs, and sometimes it might be the case, sometimes people use that as an excuse to explain their bad behavior, but the difference will rely on if you want to do something to change or not. That’s when I learned to love Sophie.
“No one can know sincere happiness, Sophie, without first having known sorrow. One can never appreciate the enormity and rareness of such a fiery bliss without seeing misery, however unfair that may be.”
It wasn’t a hard thing to like and love Sophie. From the first moment I started noticing these little pieces of truth that came out of her without her wanting it to, and I could see the real Sophie, the one who was struggling to survive. She’s something, that Sophie. It’s obvious she has this deep desire to change, to do something good out of her life, or at least out of herself, but she doesn’t know how to do it. So, a sentence to Uganda might be the best gift anyone could give to her. She’s not incapable to notice the beauty in life, and by that I don’t mean the beauty of a Gucci bag or whatever, I mean the real beauty, the one that often goes unnoticed by everyone. It’s amazing, how much a person can change in a matter of seconds, it will only depend on how much you really want to change.
This book is just her journey to learn that there are many ways to live your life, that there are people around you who are suffering and need help, and that you are the right person to help them. Who says you aren’t? You are whatever you want to be, and Sophie wanted to be something else, someone who mattered not only to other people, but to herself as well.
Then we have Dingane, AKA Ian. How can I explain my deep admiration towards him? He’s the kind of character you know is completely good, that he doesn’t have a mean bone in his entire body. His heart is so pure and selfless he can’t even protect it from falling for Sophie. I fell deeply in love with him, because everything he did, everything he said, was just always so full of love and passion, you could see it from a mile back. He’s just beautiful and everyone should have someone in their life that challenges and teaches you the way he did Sophie, and someone who gives himself completely, just like he did. Everyone needs someone they can rely on, and that’s exactly who Ian was. He was everything and more.
“Fear, Sadness. They’re not weaknesses. They are overpowering, defining emotions. They make you human, Sophie.”
I love books that leave you thinking, that leave you seeing things differently. Yes, Sophie Price is VAIN, but you might learn a thing or two from her. Trust me.