Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Josh Grayson, and Netgalley.Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
Sia by Josh Grayson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Josh Grayson, and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench in a pink jogging outfit, with nothing but her ipod. She has no idea who she is, or where she belongs, and eventually befriends a woman who lives on the streets, who teaches her how to look after herself.
When she accidentally gets hit by a car and ends up in hospital, Sia is reunited with her family, and discovers that her parents are famous movie producers, and she is a cheerleader and mean girl.
Sia doesn’t want to be a mean girl any more, but is it too late to change people’s opinions of her? Does she still want to be head cheerleader and the star quarterback’s girlfriend? Or does she want to be someone else?
This book started out okay, but ultimately became very unrealistic. I’m wondering if this author has ever met a teenage girl, never mind getting to know what mean girls are like.
Sia was an okay character. I got her initial confusion at waking up and not knowing who she was, but she didn’t panic quite enough for me. She was scared admittedly, but she never once thought to maybe go to a police station and find out if she’d been reported missing! I mean she was wearing expensive jogging clothes, and had nothing on her but an ipod, so it was obvious that she didn’t usually live on the street! Why it didn’t occur to her to try and find out who she was and where she had come from I don’t know. And why didn’t the woman (Carol) that she met advise her to do this either? And was she even asleep on a bench in the first place?
In her position I would have tried to find out who I was rather than getting in a car with someone she didn’t know, breaking a bottle to use as a weapon, sleeping in a park, and selling her ipod to buy clothes and a sleeping bag. This just didn’t make any sense. Also, when a boy at the soup kitchen then recognised her, why didn’t he know that she had been missing for a week? It seemed like the rest of the school was beside-themselves with worry, yet Kyle didn’t even know she was missing?! And why didn’t she stop and question him when it seemed like he knew who she was? Surely if you have amnesia and have no idea who you are you would want to speak to someone who seems to know you?
When Sia eventually got back home, she was also a completely different person from who she had been before. I understood that she was behaving how she wanted to behave, and that maybe she had been ashamed of her behaviour before, but she went from being a mean girl, to being some sort of saint! She not only started appreciating and looking after her parents, but it was like she wanted to change the world! She talked her mom into going to rehab, tried to make her friends into better people, tried to save her father’s business, and then started to help with a ‘earthquake disaster relief’ thing, which totally reminded me of the film ‘Clueless’, where Cher does something very similar with the idea of becoming a better person.
This book then had a total ‘happily ever after’, fairy-tale style ending, which for me was completely unrealistic. Not only did Sia get her guy, she also solved her mother’s drinking problem, sorted out her father’s money troubles, got the mean girls to change their ways, and raised thousands of dollars for the disaster relief fund, and all without breaking a sweat. I mean, has this author even met a teenage girl? Telling a typical mean girl that she is selfish is not going to make her break down and change her ways, it’s going to get the person who told her ostracised.
Overall; an overly ‘nice’, but unrealistic story.
4.5 out of 10.