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.
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About the author | Josh Grayson
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, admin. assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).
Sia is his debut YA novel.
What I thought. . .
What if you woke up with no memory as to who you are or where you’re at? Absolutely no memory whatsoever. What if you were able to look at your past self and start all over again? Would you take that opportunity or would you go back to who you were? Even if that meant going back to being a horrible person.
For me, this book was extremely humbling and one that put things into perspective for me. I truly admire the main character, Sia, and how she was able to turn things around and repair the damaged relationships she had in her life. This is an empowering read and makes one feel as if they are capable of making a difference even if they have done wrong in their life.
One thing that really surprised me, as a reader, is that this was written by a male. Not to say a man can’t write from females perspective, because they obviously can, but this one was written so well and that made the character of Sia that much more believable and enjoyable for me personally.
Not only do I love Sia, but I love Kyle as well. They both work so well together and it was fun to see them grow and their relationship develop and change from the beginning of the story to the end. There is one specific scene (and no I won’t give it away) that really touched me and left me tearing up a bit. (HINT: it’s towards the end.) That specific scene for me is what really showed me just how much this journey of Sia’s had an impact on her life.
Overall, this book was extremely enjoyable for me and I can’t wait for it’s release so that others can read it.
5 out of 5 stars!