Saturday 2 November 2013

eARC Review: Sia by Josh Grayson

18070248Title: Sia
Author: Josh Grayson
Publisher: Josh Grayson 
Pages: 306
Release Date: November 20th 2013 
Series: -
Where I Got It: NetGalley

Synopsis: 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.

Josh Grayson

Josh Grayson
Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in 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 jogging, swimming, reading and dreaming up new stories.

I read this book on November 2nd 2013.

I got this book from NetGalley/the author in exchange for an honest review.
After reading some reviews for this book, I guess I expected a little more from this book. My sister wanted to read this book, so whenever she told me about it and told me it was on NetGalley, I asked the publisher for the book. I was accepted.Sia is about a girl who wakes up on a bench without any memory of how she got there and why she's there. Then, when she gets back to her family, she realizes that herperfect life isn't as perfect as she let people believe it was.
Sounds interesting enough, right? And it was. First problem was the begining of the book. What idiot goes into some guys car because he bought you lunch? And why would she even let a random stranger buy her lunch? Sia was very stupid in the beginning of the book. 

Second problem: I just found that the book had no conflict resolution. When Sia helped her mother with her problem, it was solved way to easily. Sia's Dad told her that he had been trying to get her to rehab for so long, and when Sia just asked her mother said yes.I found this was also with Amber. When they had their "talk" they just made up all of a sudden. There wasn't actually any talking about it or trying to fix something else. Now, the thing that I hated most about this book, was the ending. I'm happy that Sia got her memory back of course, but when Kyle just thought she was going to get up and leave him there, I thought it sounded stupid. Now, I understand that he thinks that because he knew the old Sia, but the new Sia knew him for a month and "loved" him. I never expected something like "I love you" to just come out of her mouth. Sorry, but that is kind of weird and probably wouldn't happen in real life.I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy dramatic ya and mystery type books.

Ages: 14+
Grades: 9 and up

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