Posted on May 30th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: Life by Committee
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher Arc

Some secrets are too good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?


In Life by Committee Tabitha’s been living a bit of a double life. There’s school Tabitha who has virtually no friends and her ex-friends continue to make her life miserable. Then there is the Tabitha that spends all night chatting with Joe. She is positively head over heels for her, but the only problem is his girlfriend. He is hesitant to move on from her and be with Tabitha, and she isn’t sure how much longer she can contain their secret relationship. Then she manages to find the Life by Committee, a secret online group that works in a currency of secrets. You tell a secret and you are given an assignment to complete. If you don’t complete the assignment, your secret is no longer safe.

I was really intrigued behind the idea of this book and really wanted to love it. I definitely liked it enough that it held my attention and had me dying to figure out what was going on. There was a lot of elements of Life By Committee that I really loved. Tabitha was a fantastic character and I loved her constant battle with herself, her unique family as well as her current friend and ex friends. As great as everything was, the whole idea of the committee became a bit lackluster after a while. I also had a hard time dealing with the whole issue of her ex-friends. It was resolved in the end for me, but for a long time just made me feel really confused by what was going on with them.

Overall I really did enjoy the odd mix of characters and felt especially drawn to Tabitha and her parents. Their relationship was oddly comforting to me and really kept me hanging onto this book. I felt really bad for Joe’s girlfriend and all the hoops she was jumping through. Their relationship was a little off to me, and I would have liked to have seen a little bit more mental illness awareness going on to offset some of her issues.

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