Review: #Scandal by Sarah Ockler

scandal-9781481401241_hrPublisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1481401246
Pages: 416
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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…


4 stars

My first impression of this contemporary novel was that it was a mix of Mean Girls and Gossip Girl (the book also has Veronica Mars references but I haven’t seen that show so I can’t comment)…and I didn’t think it would meet my expectations. But it turned out to be quite an enjoyable and easy read. I finished this in one sitting.

This book features such a fun cast of characters. Everybody has their own unique and fun personality. We’ve got Cole, the cute and sweet boyfriend (who is totally my new book boyfriend). We’ve got a hilarious group of students who protest against the use of social media and technology. We’ve got the spunky and outgoing older sister. And of course, we’ve got the slightly shy, zombie-killing female protagonist, who everybody can relate to. I think the characters were my favourite part of this book…in particular, Cole! I kind of wish we’d gotten to see more of him.

I also appreciated the writing in this book. While it wasn’t the most sophisticated piece of writing I’ve ever read, it was easy and quick to read and had a good message. I also liked the twist near the end and that it wasn’t a predictable story. I feel like most users of social networking sites would be able to relate to this story or take something away from it in some way. There were some parts that I thought were underdeveloped or illogical, but they were things that I could turn a blind eye to.

I think readers of Sarah Ockler would like this novel and the pace of it. But I would recommend her newest release, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, over #Scandal.

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