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Author: Josh Grayson
Publisher: Josh Grayson
Length: 306 pages
Forgetting was only the beginning.
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 still, 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.
Protagonist: When we first meet Sia she has just woken up after losing her memories. When she returns home nearly a week later she's changed from the girl she was into someone who is more thoughtful and caring. This is most likely due to the hardships she faced the week after she lost her memory, which gave her a new outlook on life, and just how lucky she is. I enjoyed reading about Sia, but the longer I read the more I realized the flaws in Sia's character, namely that she doesn't have any. After her memory loss she is now able to easily solve the problems in her household and shows wisdom beyond her years that seems way too good to be true. Sure, she's fun character to read, but it was a bit off-putting how unrealistic she could be at times.
Romance: The romance in this book is nice and light. It goes slowly at first and it isn't until the very end that it really progresses any, which felt genuine while at the same time annoying that once it finally had a chance to progress it went fairly fast. While you could say there are two love interests in this book, it's not a love triangle. There is a bit of the same feel as a love triangle, but it's very obvious that the only real love interest is Kyle. I enjoyed reading about this romance and actually watching one bloom, even if it did seem to grow extremely fast once things got moving.
World-Building: The world that this author has created revolves around a few things, Sia's family, those Sia met while homeless, and Sia's school. Sia's home life seemed really realistic which was great to see. Their struggles were things that families deal with, even if their problems were solved a bit too conveniently. My favorite part of this book was when Sia was on the streets with Carol, a woman who shows Sia how to live on the streets. It was so interesting to read and really gripped me as I read. While Sia's school experience, or should I say her school, wasn't the same as mine, no one at my school ever had cliche clique groups, I know that a lot do, and the school scenes seemed reminiscent of the movie Mean Girls which I enjoyed to no end. The whole amnesia concept isn't new, some may even say it's overdone, but I like how the author handled it. It seemed genuine and definitely wasn't as cliche as it could have been.
Predictability: This book didn't have too much in it to predict. Most of my reading experience was just relaxing as I read through it. There wasn't really to much foreshadowing to grasp upon so I didn't spend a lot of my time trying to figure out what might happen next and instead spent it reading what did happen next. that's not to say there weren't moments that surprised me or moments that were such complete inevitabilities, that calling them predictable would have been putting it lightly.
Ending: The ending was too idealistic for me. It's not that I didn't want or even enjoy a happy ending, but the book lost a lot of it's realism because of it. There were a few good things that happened that I could accept, but in the end everything turned out great. It was hard to identify with that as the world isn't perfect so why should Sia's be. Still having an imperfect world at the end of a book adds a lot of depth to the story and makes it easier for readers to relate to and accept.
While I did have some problems with the main character, the unbalanced pacing of the romance, and the idealistic ending, this book is still a great read. It wasn't as dark as I expected it to be and in fact it's a very fun light read. If you don't take it too seriously I'm sure you'd really enjoy it if contemporaries are your poison.
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.
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