Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: #scandal by Sarah Ockler

#scandal 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 Review:

This was a good read filled with a lot of gossip and drama.  There are some mysteries in here, and the answers to them were ones that surprised me.  This dealt with online scandals as well as cyberbullying.


There are two main mysteries that Lucy is trying to figure out the solution to in this book.  When she went to a prom after party, someone took her phone and took a bunch of incriminating pictures of a lot of the other people at the party.  This person then went and posted the pictures on Lucy's Facebook page, since she was logged into Facebook on her phone.  People are mad at Lucy because they think she posted the pictures.  One girl, Olivia, seems especially mad because her dad saw a very embarrassing photo of her, and she is grounded because of this.  We do find out near the end of the book who took the phone and posted the pictures, and I was surprised by this culprit.  The other mystery is the one about Miss Demeanor.  Lucy isn't really actively trying to solve this mystery for much of the book, but it is just a kind of thing to wonder about.  Eventually, we do find out who is behind the online Miss Demeanor page, and this is surprising as well.

 There is a lot of cyberbullying, and real life bullying, in this book, and some of it is pretty harsh.  Someone creates an online page called Juicy Lucy, which many of her classmates follow, and they post pictures of Lucy and Cole, and say mean things about Lucy.  In school, her classmates call her a narc and a slut.  They think she's a slut because she "slept with" her best friend's ex-boyfriend, though she didn't actually sleep with him.  They slept in the same bed, but they didn't sleep together.  They call her a narc because she supposedly posted pictures from the party.  There is a group in the school called e(VIL) who supports Lucy.  They are against the use of online social media, and this does show the problems associated with social media.

Lucy's relationship with her sister is important to this story as well.  Her sister is Jayla Heart, a star who has been smeared in the tabloids many times.  I was surprised when I found out Jayla was Lucy's sister, since Jayla had been mentioned earlier than that, but I had no idea that they were related.  Anyway, her life parallels Lucy's in some ways, since they have both had untrue rumors spread about them.  Though, I guess some of the rumors were at least partly true.  Jayla is struggling now, in ways that Lucy won't even really know about until later in the book.  I liked how Lucy's feelings towards Jayla changed, since she originally seemed ashamed of her sister.

I wish that Ellie's character had been in the book more.  I thought she should have talked to Lucy about what happened much sooner.  Lucy made a mistake by doing what she did with Cole, but Ellie hadn't even told her best friend that she and her boyfriend had broken up, so it's not like she was being a perfect best friend either.  I feel like I didn't really know her character.  Griffin was kind of hot and cold for me.  She was sometimes nice to Lucy, and other times, she ditched her for Ellie.  I can see how the situation would be hard for her, though, since she was stuck in the middle and didn't want to choose sides, though it did seem like she chose Ellie's side more often.

If you like YA contemporary, read this book.


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