Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sia

Sia by Josh Grayson
Publication Date: November 20, 2013
Keywords: amnesia, high school, homeless



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.

This is such an interesting take to approach several serious issues, and I really enjoyed the creativity on the author's part to discuss these topics using amnesia.

It focuses on homelessness and crises, and the problems those bring to the citizens facing these issues. Sia has to live on the street for a week before she is discovered and thrust back into her popular, rich life, and she realizes the old Sia, whom she can't remember, isn't a person she wants to be. She struggles through the whole book balancing her cheerleader friends and her real friends, whom she discovers while working on a "support the homeless" project.

As a character, I felt pretty okay about Sia. She had trouble a little bit, but it seemed to be easy for her to realize the right thing to do. It was almost too easy, but I moved past that.

The main issue I had was how easy it was for all the other characters. Everyone suddenly decided to jump on board and help with the project, mending issues and becoming BBFs without a second glance. And even though Sia said she didn't want to be popular and that people weren't "weird," she still classified chunks of people as nerds, geeks, etc. It just seemed weird to me that she continually used these phrases while saying she was with them.

It was still a mostly interesting read, and it seemed to bring to light some serious issues that need to be addressed in more books. I was NOT satisfied with the ending. There was an epilogue that I wanted to go away, the book should have ended where it ended, not with an epilogue. In addition, a BIG question is left unanswered, and I don't think that's fair to leave the reader hanging like that.

Read When: You want to feel like you're tackling a big subject, but still have an easy-enough read that it's not taxing or anything.

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