When Bad MC’s Happen: The Inside of Out by Jen Marie Thorne

Meg Cabot meets Glee in this breezy, hilarious, deceptively smart YA about privilege, pretense, and realizing that every story needs a hero. Sometimes it’s just not you.

When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is so ready to let her ally flag fly that even a second, way more blindsiding confession can’t derail her smiling determination to fight for gay rights.

Before you can spell LGBTQIA, Daisy’s leading the charge to end their school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances—starting with homecoming. And if people assume Daisy herself is gay? Meh, so what. It’s all for the cause.

What Daisy doesn’t expect is for “the cause” to blow up—starting with Adam, the cute college journalist whose interview with Daisy for his university paper goes viral, catching fire in the national media. #Holy #cats.

With the story spinning out of control, protesters gathering, Hannah left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, and Daisy’s mad attraction to Adam feeling like an inconvenient truth, Daisy finds herself caught between her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.

Source: GoodReads

God, this is such a hard one to review. Because if this book did not contain its one—almost fatal flaw—it would be getting a much higher rating. The writing is all there, it has an important message about real life issues, the side characters are for the most part well fleshed out and do not seem cliché.

What’s the main problem then?

The main character.

I just wanted to slap this girl silly, so many times throughout the reading process.

And yeah, I get it, Jen wanted to show us character growth, but by the time Daisy started to finally get a reality check I had had enough of her.

I think everyone save for maybe two characters wanted to slap her at this point.

So, what exactly is my beef with Daisy?

Lots of things actually. Maybe part of my problem with her is that I’ve met people like her in real life- a.k.a. flakes. The way she’d get these big ideas make hoopla over them promptly gave up on them, gave me a headache. Anyone who has dealt with a flake is going to get annoyed with this behavior, especially if you’re a type A personality who really gets annoyed with people who break their promises like yours truly.

But it’s not just Daisy being a huge flake that annoys me. To be honest, that is a realistic character fault. An annoying one, but realistic especially for a teen and for anyone I’m going to NOT hang out with. What really annoyed me about this character was how oblivious she was to anyone else’s feelings. She practically outs a character on national television, not cool Daisy. She also represents herself and has a complete misinterpretation of what asexual is just to stay in a club.

Note, people who are of asexual orientation, this book is going to turn you into a Book Hulk so you might want to avoid.

True, I thought said club could try to be a little more inclusive, but I totally get why they would just want a safe place where ill informed privileged morons like Daisy couldn’t intrude.

The thing is even though I despised the MC and never grew to like her, this wasn’t a bad book. Like I said, the writing was quite good and engaging. The story, while it could’ve been stronger in another viewpoint—like I don’t know, Hannah’s—was still important and relevant.

It is, however, not as good as the author’s debut which was on my top ten list last year—winning best debut.

In the end, I’m sort of on the fence about suggesting this one. While it has some important and relevant themes and doesn’t get too, too preachy, the MC is truly insufferable. On the plus side there is a diverse set of characters and there are nice little Easter eggs for fans of The Wrong Side of Right—I wouldn’t say it’s a companion sequel though, the characters don’t make that big of an appearance.

Overall, I tethered between giving this on a C+ or a B-. It really did make me cringe a lot, but in the end I decided on B- (or a three star rating on GoodReads) mainly because I appreciated what the author did, she just sort of failed with this obnoxious character.

As for Daisy, girl, you fail.

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