Book Title: Not Myself Today
Author: Muriel Ellis Pritchett
Genre: YA paranormal thriller
Publication Date: 24th September 2020
What it’s about
High school soccer star Lindsey Anderson was at the top of her game with graduation approaching and a full-ride soccer scholarship offer in her hand. Then she dropped dead on the soccer field, only to wake up in the body of a teenage sex-trafficking victim. No one believes who she really is. Not even her dad. Chased by her new body’s drug-dealing pimp and rabid parapsychologists out to dissect her, Lindsey searches to get her body and her life back before graduation day. Can her BFF and the high school nerdy boy she detests help save her life?
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Muriel Ellis Pritchett graduated from the University of Georgia and began her journalism career while living in Japan and Germany. Her journalism career included playwriting, editing and writing for magazines and newspapers, and working in public relations, university relations, and media relations.
After retiring, Muriel’s family doctor recommended she get a hobby. So, she began writing fun fiction about feisty older women who had been wronged and had to pull themselves up out of the muck. But her award-winning fourth book, Not Myself Today, is a change in genres—a YA paranormal thriller. It is scheduled for release September 24, 2020. Her first three “fruity” books, fun romance for older women, are Making Lemonade, Like Peaches and Pickles, and Rotten Bananas and the Emerald Dream. She is currently working on another “fruity” book, titled Sour Grapes and Balmy Knight.
When not writing, Muriel loves cruising all over the world, eating good Belgian chocolate, and spending time in any Disney park. Her favorite Disney attractions are SOARING at Disney World’s EPCOT in Florida, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth at Disneyland Paris, Journey to the Center of the Earth at DisneySeas in Tokyo, and Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland in California.
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What I Thought
What a completely unique story this was.
Although I knew what I was letting myself in for from reading the synopsis it took me a little while to get into the flow of things.
Once you get into this book it becomes fast paced but not so much so that you can’t follow the plot or the different characters.
Lyndsey is an interesting character and stubborn to boot. I don’t know how she was able to do the things she did in a body that wasn’t her own. (I can’t run in a straight line in a body I’ve had all my life.) She is determined to make the best out of a bad situation while trying to get people from her old life on her side.
What surprised me about this was the knowledge of underage sex trafficking. I know it happens and I live in a town where people are being investigated about such matters. What shocked me was the age of the children (yes they are children) involved in sex trafficking and what they go through in order to get through each day. It broke my heart reading about it. When Annabeth is first discribed in the book I wasn’t expecting her to be 14, I thought she might have been the same age as Lyndsey. I just wish we had more of an insight into Annabeth as Annabeth and Neely, although it would have been a little darker I think people would have sympathised with them more.
The only part that I wasn’t sure of was the romance from Justin. With everything Lyndsey/Annabeth have been through in such a short period of time, the romance felt forced especially as it seems Lyndsey has let Justin down on countless occasions before.
I’m glad I read this and that there was no cliffhanger ending, everything seemed to be tied in a nice bow at the end.
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