I read the book Not My Problem by the author named Ciara Smyth. Honestly, this book is not one of my favorites.
Not My Problem is about a girl named Aideen. Aideen lives in Ireland. She does poorly in school and has one close friend. One day, Aideen stumbles onto her nemesis at a stairwell in school. Her nemesis is a girl who is named Meabh Kowalska. Meabh is upset because she has too many extra-curriculars on her plate. Aideen comes up with a surprising answer to her problem. Aideen volunteers to push Meabh down a flight of stairs so that Meabh gets injured. As a result of this, she will not need to do so many extra-curriculars. This incident inspires Aideen to help out her other classmates at school with his or her own issues.
Not My Problem seems like a good book at first. However, Aideen is a flippant and a out-of-touch character. She doesn’t seem to have a care in the world… and it is hard to sympathize with a person like that. The idea of pushing your nemesis down a flight of stairs is a bad idea. There is no clear explanation to why Aideen wants to help out her other classmates as the story continues. Aideen has her own problems in her life that she should focus on. It seems like Aideen simply wants attention.
Another thing that I did not like about Aideen is her relationship with Meabh. After Aideen “helps out” Meabh, the two grow closer. Sometimes it seems like Aideen uses Meabh. I also did not like the relationship the two had with one another at the end of the book.
Not My Problem seems like a book with a lot of promise… at first. However, I disliked the book by the time that I finished it.
Overall, I give this book a 3-star rating.
Always with infinite love,