Published by Self Published on November 20, 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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Summary 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.
When I first read this books synopsis one word caught my eye: bully. The idea of a bully re-evaluating their life intrigued me, especially since my oldest daughter was bullied in school. My daughter is still suffering from the experience, so I was drawn to the idea of a “mean girl” changing her ways. I thought the author did a good job of describing the drama of high school and the emotions of the victims that Sia and her friends had tormented. Sometimes the story did feel familiar, like they were from scenes out of the movie “Mean Girls”. But even though there was this similarity I still enjoyed the story.
Of all the characters I really liked Carol, the homeless woman that befriended Sia. Carol was an amazing woman and even though she was struggling to survive on her own she still took the time to take care of Sia. And she also provided some great advice :
“We all make mistakes, Sia. We’ve done things we ain’t proud of. But what you gotta do is look past those things. Look for opportunities to show people who you are now.”
Sia was a quick read and was well written, and I recommend this book for young adults and middle grade readers.
Praise for SIA
“A compelling read full of intrigue, romance, and lots of surprises. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!” – Jennifer Read Hawthorne, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“There have been very few books that made me think they made to someday become a movie (i.e. Warm Bodies, The Host). And I guess Sia can join the club, because this book, I say, is perfect for it. I felt like I was reading a script for a movie, the plot is fantastic and the characters are great, there’s a little of humor as well as tragic situations.” -Bookish Randomness
“Well I finished this book amazingly fast. This whole book will leave you amused, intrigued, in awe, and most importantly in love with the whole story line until the very last word. I’ll have to go with 5 stars for this book.” – Lovely Reads
“Beautifully written…this one will have you reflecting on your current and past actions. Although a fiction, Sia inspires.” –A Starry-eyed Heart Review
About the Author
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.
5 print copies of SIA (US only)
5 ebooks copies of SIA (INT)
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