on November 20, 2013
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult
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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
Reviews for SIA
“A compelling read full of intrigue, romance, and lots of surprises. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!” – Jennifer Read Hawthorne, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“There have been very few books that made me think they made to someday become a movie (i.e. Warm Bodies, The Host). And I guess Sia can join the club, because this book, I say, is perfect for it. I felt like I was reading a script for a movie, the plot is fantastic and the characters are great, there’s a little of humor as well as tragic situations.” -Bookish Randomness
“Well I finished this book amazingly fast. This whole book will leave you amused, intrigued, in awe, and most importantly in love with the whole story line until the very last word. I’ll have to go with 5 stars for this book.” – Lovely Reads
“Beautifully written…this one will have you reflecting on your current and past actions. Although a fiction, Sia inspires.” –A Starry-eyed Heart Review
My review – Redemption for a mean girl
Sia is like a contemporary fairy tale, where the mean girl realises the error of her ways and turns good in the end. I’ve never read a coming of age story quite like this one, it’s a shame it just got a little too unrealistic at the end.
It kicked off with a really strong start, with a lot of mystery and intrigue surrounding Sia as she finds herself jogging in a park with no recollection of who she is. She’s desperate for some food and shelter, and finds herself living on the streets guided by a kind homeless person called Carol. I have no idea why she wouldn’t go to the police station or hospital when she first woke up instead of going homeless, it just didn’t make sense (although I got a note from the author to say that this has been addressed in his latest revision). When she eventually finds herself reunited with her friends and family, her lavish lifestyle as a daughter of a rich and famous movie producer becomes too much for her and she chooses to do good in her life.
The story of Sia is a lovely one, where living on the streets have humbled the meanest girl in school and she wakes up as a humble, lovely, altruistic person who wants to give back to the homeless people. She dumps her old friends and her bully beefcake boyfriend, patches up her parents relationship and even manages to raise thousands of money for a good cause. I have no idea why Sia’s memory would make her into a completely different person, even her behaviour and her attitude is different but perhaps this is where her circumstance has created the beast.
It’s clear Josh Grayson knew about the story he wanted to tell from the start. Instead of the typical “good girl turns bad” story, this is the other way around. Some parts of the book seemed really manufactured and unrealistic, especially towards the end of the novel where everything worked out perfectly – the mean girls realise the error of their ways, Sia’s mother and father would get back together and rehab would fix her mum’s alcoholism, and Sia’s new love interest will eventually forget about her previous ‘mean girl’ ways.
Despite my gripes about the perfect Disney plot of the book, I did enjoy Sia for something that was different. It’s a heart warming story with some moral lessons, treating people with respect and kindness, showing that everyone can change no matter the circumstance, and giving to those in need and being selfless. I think all readers will gain a lot from the message behind it, as long as they don’t mind everything working out with a cherry on top.
Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and Josh Grayson for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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.
5 print copies of SIA (US only)
5 ebooks copies of SIA (INT)
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