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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 centered around a 17-year old girl from Beverley Hills, California named Sia Holloway. Since she was born, Sia has had an extremely lavish upbringing, seeing as her father is a famous Hollywood director, and her mother is a former supermodel. Thus, she has never struggled when it came to obtaining the things that she wanted in life.
Unfortunately though, she is not a nice girl. In the past, she has found sick pleasure in torturing other, less popular, students from her school and is venomous to everyone that she sees as being beneath her. Her social circle is much the same way - her best friends are both mean cheerleaders who turns their noses up at almost anything, and her boyfriend, Duke, is a football player with an eye for bullying as well.
When Sia wakes up in a random park, having no recollection of who she is and how she got there, her entire world turns upside down when she realizes how evil of a person she was in her previous life. Energized with a completely new purpose, Sia becomes obsessed with righting the wrongs that she has done to other people, including a certain, dorky boy that she used to pick on and now has a crush on.
I found this book to be quick and brief yet still entertaining to read. I liked that by the end of the novel, Sia was able to convince her two best friends, Amber and Stacy (both of whom used to be just as evil as she was) to be nicer and less self-involved.
However, the main thing that I didn't like about this novel is that it seemed a bit 2-dimensional. I felt like I was simply viewing Sia's story from the outside, instead of being thoroughly affected or touched by it. It's important for the reader to feel a connection with the story and the characters because then it's more unforgettable and meaningful to them. But with Sia, I felt like I was just seeing Sia's story as oppose to being inside her mind and being in the story.
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.