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.
Waking up on a park bench is a scary thought regardless of who you are, but what if that happened and you had no idea who you were other than a name on an iPod? That would be straight up terrifying, but Sia Holloway has to deal with just that in this Josh Grayson novel of the same name. Living on the streets would be daunting for anyone so adding this lack of details only aggravates things more but after surviving that for a whole week you would think nothing could be worse. Sia has to find out not only who she is, but does she even like herself and her life before that day.
Because of the lack of memory, this book is a character development nightmare if I have ever seen one! Not only do you have to tell me who this girl is but you have to get me to that point without telling me anything tangible about her. That is insane as a writer to attempt, but this story pulls it off. I fell in love with Sia while she was on the streets because of the empathy I felt towards her, then it blew everything I thought I knew about her up by revealing her past and proceed to pick up all the little pieces back up again and fit them back together in a way that I still love the character. It worked for me because you got to see an evolution of someone that may not have been a great human being before all of this happened but took the opportunity to make the situation right on her own terms. I think that told me more about the character than any back story or relationship within this book ever did for me. The internal struggle is something that is really hard to write about and I thought the author did an amazing job with Sia and everything going on in her head.
Outside of Sia and her internal struggles, the world going on around her is really interesting and absolutely holds your attention. On one hand the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills and the movie industry is really fascinating to take a peak into, and on the other hand you have this Mean Girls scenario playing out in her High School that I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life. When the two collide it provides a extraordinarily dramatic place for Sia to navigate on top of everything else that has happened to her with living on the streets and her memory loss. Girl didn't have it easy at any point here, but it made her a better character and definitely someone you could get behind as a reader and hope they come out on the other side okay. An inspiring story of redemption mixed with a character that was well developed is the reason I think you should run and get Sia NOW!!-My Opinion- Buy it!
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