Macy has been defined as “disturbed.” While juggling her less-than-perfect home life, Macy continues to be herself despite what people think. With her father in prison and Child Protective Services on the prowl, everything seems to be going wrong all at once. Macy’s mother is barely there, and her brother has been taken by CPS. Join Macy in this gritty story and see her world through her eyes.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story, but I’m afraid it was not entirely what I was hoping for.
I always find it difficult to enjoy a book when I don’t like the main character. That was unfortunately the case with The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary. I found the main character (and narrator), Macy, incredibly annoying. The way she refused to be respectful and was as bothersome as possible at any given moment was incredibly aggravating. Perhaps this was because of her upbringing, but nonetheless it was incredibly hard to find her even remotely likeable.
Though I found Macy annoying, the plot was very intriguing. It took a little while to get into, but about a third of the way through I was interested to see what would happen and was eagerly flipping the pages to find out.
The writing style was difficult for me to get into. The purposefully misspelled words took away from the story. I see that the author was trying to create more depth to Macy’s character, but this was just yet another downside to Macy’s characterization. Constantly misspelling things (on purpose) took me completely out of the story, especially when I was trying to figure out what Macy was trying to say. Eventually I got used to the way she spoke, though, and I could understand it.
Alma, who is Macy's friend, was one of my favorite characters. She should have been given more time in the book. She was the only truly likeable character in the story. I won’t give too much away, but at the end of the book my heart broke for her. I felt connected to her in a way that I couldn’t be to Macy. Alma was kind, sweet, and trying her best. I really wish she could have been the main character, as I would have greatly preferred reading the story from her point of view.
Overall, The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary is a very interesting read that I feel just needs a bit of work. It would be best suited for mature readers ages 17+ since it handles a lot of adult themes.