Tuesday, November 26, 2013

[Book Review] Sia by Josh Grayson

Josh Grayson

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 “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.

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

When Sia woke up in the park, she had no idea who she was. Looking on her iPod, she found out her name. And she started walking. After almost being kidnapped, she decides to sleep under the bridge because she cannot continue anymore and that is where Carol finds her. Carol is an older woman who has been homeless for a long time and she helps Sia throughout the week and shows her how to survive on the streets. 

One day when someone recognizes her, she learns who she really is. Sia Holloway – daughter of a famous movie producer. She has everything that she could possibly hope for – fancy clothes, makeup, house, friends, and boyfriend. But she doesn’t feel right. 

When she finds out who rude she really was and how broken her family is, she wants to change for the better. Finding the right path and proving herself to others is what might really be hard at the end. 

I really enjoyed this one. The story was sweet and Sia was an amazing person. Without remembering who she was, she really tried to understand the people around her and try to help everyone. This was truly an inspirational read that made me hope for the best. 

I did think that the build up to the conflict was a little too long and all through the book I felt like something horrible was going to happen. But when the conflict did come along later on in the book, I was disappointed. It’s not that it was horrible, my expectations were set too high. 
However, the writing was beautiful and I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA/NA/Contemporary reads. 

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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