Book Title: Sia
Author: Josh Grayson
Publish Date: November 20th, 2013
Published By: Josh Grayson
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis 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.
Disclaimer: I received this e-galley from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I was thrilled when Netgalley approved me for this title. The premise looked awesome and I was hoping that the premise would match the book in awesome-ness. It totally did. This book was about reinventing yourself. One might also say that it involved learning to find yourself all over again. Sia's memory loss allowed her to not only change herself for the better,but it also allowed her to surround herself with... I don't want to say better people, but different people.
Carol was a huge part of that. She took care of Sia while Sia was homeless and living on the streets for that one week. It was Carol who showed Sia the meaning of kindness. Something the old Sia didn't understand.I loved Carol. She was everything that Sia needed that week and she continued to exude kindness to Sia even after Sia returned home to her family. Carol was the epitome of being grateful for what she had, while still working hard to better herself. That, I believe was Sia's inspiration.
Watching Sia change from the fashion obsessed, cruel high schooler that she used to be to the kindhearted, gentle and generous person she became was amazing. I know her friends, particularly Amber had a rough time of it, but seeing Sia not cave when Amber started up with her old tricks again was awesome. Sia no longer cared about fashion, boys and popularity. She cared about being a good person who cared about others.
This book could have easily been titled redemption as Sia was redeemed. Her amnesia allowed her to become a different person. She got a chance to change and she happily took that chance. Something not everyone would have been brave enough to do.
Kyle was a total sweetheart and he was a much better boyfriend than Sia's previous boyfriend Duke, They were polar opposites which I guess made sense given Sia's development throughout the book.
I have to give this book 4 stars. It was a great read but I really felt like the last few chapters were rushed and I really didn't like that. I didn't understand why they were rushed and I feel like it would have been a better read if the last few chapters were just a bit longer.