Review: #Scandal by Sarah Ockler

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Sypnopsis from Goodreads: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…

My Non-Spoiler thoughts

The book honestly started off weak. It was very hard for me to stay focused into the story. I found the main character to be a little hard to like at times. Then the story started to pick up as the need to no more came into affect.

What I liked:

I liked the deeper meaning in this story. It isn’t blatantly obvious, but I found it to be a quite educating read on the dangers of social media. You can see the effects that posting hate about others can cause, and how easy a picture/status can spread.

There is also the struggle of being famous thrown in. It isn’t a part of the bigger story, but you learn about the struggles our main character’s older sister has to face everyday; like the harassment from the paparazzi and the untrue magazines.

This books makes you rethink how you view social media and the people on magazines.

What I didn’t like:

Marceau, I did not like how he was portrayed. The author made him seem like a complete ditz and that he didn’t understand USA culture, and then she said he was french Canadian. I don’t think the author knows of many French Canadians because they are anything but unbeknownst to the US culture. In Canada the US culture is basically thrown in our face, they may not know much about us, but we are stuck knowing many details about them. The French Canadians aren’t anything like Marceau.

I also found Griff to be a little unpolished. The way she would act (particular in the middle) did not fit with her overall character (especially with the ending).

Lastly, Miss Demeanor has nothing on Gossip Girl.

Overall, I would recommend this book even though it wasn’t the best, it had some redeemable qualities. I think it’s the perfect read for social media and technology obsessed teens. A great life lesson is learned.

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