Book & Author Details:
Sia by Josh Grayson
Publication date: November 20th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.
My Review 3 out of 5 Stars ***
First of all I would like to thank Netgalley and John Grayson for allowing me to have the ARC of this book. I picked it because I loved the cover and also I the synopsis caught my attention. Mean girl comes good.
Before I begin I take my hat off to a man writing a story that centers around the world of mean rich girls (not that I’m being sexist, but it takes courage to take on a world you don’t actually live in)
The book starts off promising with Sia waking up in a park with no recollection of where she is, who she is and how she got there. I really thought this was going to be a great story, however as it unfolded it became clear it was not going to quite get into the depths of the subject matter it covered.
For starters I was a little disappointed that Sia had such an ‘easy’ time living on the streets homeless than what she did. I liked she met Carol, and Carol took her under her wing but I’m not quite believing this would happen in real life. Second she was only on the streets a week yet later on in the book it’s implied she had such a rough time and had a hard time re-adjusting to her real life.
A week into her homelessness a boy in the soup kitchen recognizes her and spooks her and she flees, only to have her run out into the streets and into an oncoming car. The she wakes up and her family has found her. She is the daughter of a rich Hollywood director and a former model. she lives in a mansion and has what appears to have the perfect life. Only she is, or was the meanest girl on the planet making everyone’s lives a misery.
Her BFF’s Ashley and Stacey and her boyfriend Duke are super perfect but she suddenly doesn’t fit in. Then she see’s Kyle at school and realizes he is the boy from the soup kitchen and also someone she wants to know better.
Throughout this story I couldn’t help feel there was something missing, I get that Sia woke up and not knowing who she really was wanted to change the ugliness of her perfect friends and super hot boyfriend when she see’s how badly they treat everyone but everything was too perfect. Sia went against them, Kyle forgave her for her bad behavior as did his friends.
She took on her mother’s alcoholism and her fathers spiraling fortunes and turned them around. She even went on and schmoozed the biggest names in Hollywood at the Oscars to raise money for the Red Cross and become a hero. It was all a little convenient.
While I feel I’ve said a lot of negative things what I liked about the story was what I think Josh was trying to convey. The power of real friends, forgiveness and learning to love yourself just as you are. As a story is has a lot of promise, I would’ve like a lot more grit and grime, living on the streets cannot be that easy, nor can the quick forgiveness of those that had been bullied, a topic I would’ve liked to have seen more angst.
I also found it a little unbelievable her friend Ashley changed as much as she did. Mean girls just don’t do that. Overall it was well written, the style was fluid and it was a feel good story no matter how unrealistic. If you want happy reading this is it. I would’ve just liked more dimension
Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.
Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).
Sia is his debut YA novel.
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