Monday, June 9, 2014

Book Review: #scandal by Sarah Ockler

Book Description: 
Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...
My Thoughts
There were many things I liked about this book and many things I didn't. Then there came a part that it just felt like it dragged on...

Lucy is at a party, kisses 2 boys and 1 happens to be her BFFs boyfriend. OOPS! someone gets a snapshot and posts it on the internet which of course the whole school finds out about. plus some other photos that speak 1,000 words and are interpreted how they think they saw it. And so begins the destruction of this one girls life. 

What I liked about the book: Lucy has a GREAT sense of humor and I always enjoy that in a character. She is snarky and I think because of it she was able to withstand a lot of the bullying, backstabbing, lies, hurtful things said/done, and what not. Because if you don't have a sense of humor life is gonna suck. Lucy is a very strong character, due to everything that happens after the "scandal" breaks out she is able to withstand and let things roll of her back and push forward regardless of what was going on around her and I think that is so important in literature especially in YA because it helps teach kids to not fall apart at every little thing, there are mean people in the world and I like that this author chose a character who is able to withstand it. The author does a great job of showing this strong character that she IS human and that she isn't a cold brick wall but that even though she is strong there are times when it became too much and I liked that, she would have moments of heartache but was able to pick herself back up and move one. I REALLY appreciated that. 

Cole is the BFF's boyfriend and he is with Lucy every step of the way. He doesn't just leave her hanging. He helps her, builds her up and continues to let her know that he is there. I liked him.

There were other great characters in this story that you really grew to like and some interesting twists at the end that you aren't expecting.

What I got from this story is the destructive nature technology can be, as well as bullying, lies, and other things that every day teenagers deal with in this day-in-age. I appreciated what the author was trying to do with this story as well as tell a good story. 

Sexual Content: moderate (innuendoes, kissing, the idea that characters had sex)
Langage: heavy
Violence: moderate
Drugs/Alcohol: moderate (a party where there is underage drinking)
3/5 stars

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