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Cliche

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An Anonymous Girl opens strongly, with hard working makeup artist Jess, who is struggling to support herself and her family, sneaking into a study on the NYU campus about morality. Run by the mysterious Dr. Shields, Jess is invited back to participate in a more in depth part of Dr. Shields's testing, and it's easily apparent that the testing isn't what it seems.

At first, Dr. Shields is both alluring and menacing, but the reveal of what she's really after reduces her to a lovesick cliche, and the final "showdown" is neither climatic or even interesting.

What makes the book interesting enough to finish is Jess--a refreshingly normal girl with no special powers except her determination to survive and thrive. Watching her come into her own and save herself is the best thing about An Anonymous Girl.