BOOK REVIEW: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos

Title: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary
Author: NoNieqa Ramos
Publication: February 1, 2018
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab TM
Genre: Teens, YA Fiction
Pages: 344



SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. She’s got more pressing problems: her mom can’t move off the couch, her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. With an honesty that’s both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can’t tell her incarcerated father that her mom’s cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection . . . the kind of protection that involves Macy’s machete.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I need to start out by saying I did not finish this book. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I could not. The description of this book made it sound different than what was actually portrayed in the book and the writing style was all over the place, childish, and the story line was very choppy. While the cover was appealing and the description was interesting, the story didn’t add up.

I tried hard to get into the groove of this book. Even after the first few chapters of wanting to put it down, I pushed through hoping the story would level out and it would become easier to read. It did not. I’ve read books that were in a diary type model, which this book is, but the style of the writing fell very short. It had a childish energy to it. Each chapter seemed to be in a different place and nothing stayed flowing smoothly. I also found the unnecessary swearing a huge turn off. I understand that teenagers swear, but the number of curse words in this novel on a per chapter basis was a negative aspect. I would not encourage any teenagers to read this with that amount of foul language.

I always encourage readers to read a book for themselves and see how they feel about it and this is no different. Just because I don’t enjoy this novel does not mean someone else won’t. Check it out and I’ll check out Ramos’ next novel to see if I enjoy that one.


The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos is available now through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Make sure you also add it to your To Reads List on Goodreads and leave your feedback for the author when you are finished.

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