Victoria “Egg” Jurgen is a loner and she likes it that way. Dressed in her long white cloak, with a shaved head and drawn-in eyebrows, she doesn’t talk to people and doesn’t want people to talk to her. Her look and attitude cause her to be “boy proof,” according to her mother. Egg’s unique style is fashioned after her favorite character from the movie Terminal Earth, which she has seen multiple times and as many as four times in one day. Egg refers to herself as a cinephile. She loves the film industry, especially the Sci-Fi world.
Egg considers herself the smartest person at her school and feels Valedictorian is pretty much in the bag. That is until Max shows up in her AP classes. Egg’s first impression of Max is that he stinks, literally. The only thing she likes about him at all is his t-shirt that has the name of one of her favorite comic books on it. Max seems to be everywhere. He is a wonderful artist and joins the school’s newspaper where Egg acts as a photo journalist. Getting to know Max turns out to be a life-changing experience for Egg.
As senior year progresses, Egg becomes more involved in activities that put her in contact with people. She learns what it means to be a friend and how important it is to have them in your life. She realizes that people aren’t always as they seem and that being perfect isn’t necessary for happiness. Egg learns a lot in one year’s time; even how to leave Egg behind and become simply Victoria.
Cecil Castellucci has written a thoughtful story about the sensitive time in every young adult’s life – self-discovery. Written in first person, this novel launches you into Egg’s world and leaves you feeling as though you are experiencing life through her eyes. The reader will sympathize with the ups and downs of the typical teenage angst that Victoria goes through in order to, once and for all, decide what it really takes for her to be happy.