Review: Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

Posted March 12, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Own in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Damsel Distressed by Kelsey MackeDamsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 10/14/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author's band, Wedding Day Rain.


You always want to read a book that makes you feel something. And this book had my emotions all over the place. There were times where I bawled like a baby, and others where I couldn’t help by grin or laugh.

Imogen is such an amazing girl, but she doesn’t see it. She lets her fears keep her from reaching out to those that care about her. I think this is something a lot of teens go through, and something they can relate to. Imogen tries to make every day a good day, but Ella does everything she can to make snide remarks to Imogen. Ella is a character that I loathed from the first moment she’s introduced. She’s mean, and acts like a brat. But I think some of the ways that Imogen reacts to her helps put Imogen’s feelings in perspective. I also adore Grant. He’s so freaking cute and I love that he has Gen’s back even when she lashes out at him.

Damsel Distressed brings different illnesses to light. And I applaud Macke in discussing these topics in a way that really engages the reader. Although the plot line was predictable in places, I couldn’t put this book down. I’m talking I stayed up until 3 in the morning to see where Imogen’s journey led. There are so many ups and downs, but she has such a great support system. Even if she doesn’t realize it.

Damsel Distressed is definitely one of my best reads of the year so far. I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner, and I’ve already recommended it to several people I know.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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