Giveaway & Review: Sia by Josh Grayson – Redemption for a mean girl

November 30, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Blog Tours, Books, Giveaways

Giveaway & Review: Sia by Josh Grayson - Redemption for a mean girl

Giveaway & Review: Sia by Josh Grayson – Redemption for a mean girlSia by Josh Grayson
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 Author Pic

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.

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17 responses to “Giveaway & Review: Sia by Josh Grayson – Redemption for a mean girl

  1. Oohh…this looks really interesting – it reminds me a little of Six Months Later by Natalie Richards (which I loved)! Definitely going to try and get a copy of this – your review makes me really excited to read it! As always, great review Jeann! 😀
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  2. I really thought this book was a ya paranormal because of the book cover. I do like the fact that it is about a girl who claims her mistakes and fixes it, but I don't like how it's unrealistic. Ugh. But then again, it's easier to think of a topic than to execute it in writing. This one is a 'maybe' for me. I do enjoy books that has moral lessons, and character development.

  3. Jeanne

    Thanks for the good review. I think it is nice to read a book that has a happy ending every so often. I appreciate the fact that this one also has life lessons to be learned. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  4. Gosh, I still have an unread ARC of this that I got as an incentive for participating in the cover reveal months ago. And I kept on delaying reading the book because I've read mixed reviews about it. Honestly, this is the first 3 star review that I've read. The other two were all negative due to the flaw that you've mentioned. It's so nice to see the two sides of the coin.

    Regarding the happy ever after ending, I have different opinions about it. If I am reading a fantasy, I kind of expect that ending would fairy taleish but not to the point that it's ridiculously inconceivable. If we're talking about contemporaries, then I would always expect realistic endings.

    Thanks for this review, Jeann. I might get to this book any day next month.
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    • I know what you mean about the unread ARCs lol! Yeah, I am really glad the author chose to address some of those parts to make it seem a bit more realistic, I read over the edits and I'm still unconvinced. I agree with contemporaries having more realistic endings. No problems Charlotte 🙂 glad to share. And honestly, I didn't notice any typos lol!

  5. Books about amnesia are fascinating! I'm really intrigued by the cover and blurb. But Disney endings aren't really my thing…still. I'd definitely give this one a shot!