Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: #scandal by Sarah Ochler


Summary: Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...


***

Initial Thoughts: Um, wow, okay. This book turned out to be completely different than I expected. I didn't think it was going to be as serious as it was. While I was surprised, I did enjoy it.

The Characters & Story: Okay, here's what you need to know...

  • Lucy goes to prom with best friend's boyfriend, Cole, because best friend was sick
  • Lucy has always liked said boyfriend 
  • Lucy and Cole go to the after prom thing at Cole's cabin with other classmates
  • Lucy has no idea Cole and best friend broke up
  • Lucy and Cole kiss but still has no idea about the break up and feels guilty
  • Lucy is guilty so she kisses another guy to try to forget
  • Lucy and Cole just end up going to his room in the cabin and go to sleep (nothing else...) to get away from the party
Meanwhile, someone stole Lucy's phone, took pictures of everything said above and more, uploaded everything from the party from her facebook account and by Monday everyone is mad at her and calling her slut and thinks she did everything on purpose. Her friends turn their backs on her and so does everyone else besides Cole. Not to mention, the principal thinks Lucy is bullying people because of the photos that were uploaded about the party. So basically, Lucy's life sucks and she has no idea what to do. And the rest of the book is trying to find out who was behind everything to clear her name and deal with A LOT of bullying.

The Romance: Lucy and Cole met at the beginning of their freshman year because they lived really close together. They spent a lot of time together so Lucy always had a crush on him but never did anything about being 15! But best friend Ellie comes in and asks Cole out, says yes, and then they start a relationship. But it hadn't been working out for awhile and Lucy never knew. Now we see glimpses of Cole and Lucy's relationship before he started dating Ellie and you could see how they would like each other. Skip ahead to after prom and Lucy's only friend is Cole. So they hang out a lot and it's sweet, BUT there isn't as much as I hoped there would be. They had a base to their relationship from when they were freshman but now as seniors, I felt like some more development was missing between the two. If there had been more, the story would've been a lot better!

End Thoughts: While the story was good and I enjoyed it, I really wish there would have been a bit more development between the characters so I could have connected better to the story. That said, there was still good things about the book and it felt pretty realistic as well as had some good messages in it too! 3.5-4 stars (<<< because I can't make up my mind!).


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