Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review: Sia by Josh Grayson

Title: Sia
Author: Josh Grayson
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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 is a great story that takes a look at the social dynamics of high school in a very interesting way.  When Sia loses all her memories, she finds herself living with the homeless for a week - eating at soup kitchens, collecting cans, and sleeping under bridges.  She has no idea that she is actually the daughter of a famous movie producer.

When an accident lands her in the hospital, she is reunited with her family only to find it isn't the perfect life that everyone told her it was.  As her family falls apart around her, she struggles in school with what her friends expect her to be.  She finds out that she was a "mean girl" - the worst of the bunch, but now she doesn't want to be that.  Will she be able to reinvent herself into a better person.

I absolutely loved this story.  Sia was a very genuine and honest character throughout and it was amazing to watch her turn her life and family around into better people.  While there wasn't a lot of action, there was a lot of character growth and exploration which I love in a book.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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