Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
I got a copy in echange for an honest review.
I read this book in one sitting (I can’t remember ever doing that before). I only stopped the have dinner and then continued. Sia is the story of a girl with amnesia and who changes herself for the better she thinks, it’s an original and intriguing story.
I have to say that I loved the first half even more than the second. Sia wakes up in a park and doesn’t remember who she is and she ends up being homeless for a week before she is reunited with her parents. I think it was great to read about what she had to go through and I really felt for her. The best part of the story in my opinion is when she get’s home and she start changing herself. There are some funny and some emotional scenes when she changes her behavior and people are still expecting her to be the old Sia.
I really like Sia as a character, she realized she has been a terrible person and tries to change for better. She is a really strong and brave person and she really tries her best to change, even though a lot of people still treat her like she is the old Sia, she quickly let’s them know she has changed. I also liked reading about her emotions and how she felt, I could really conect with her and I think she is an awesome character. Another character I really liked was Carol, she is such an onspiring character and she proves that best friends can be found in strange situations and how you can improve your own life. She was so good to Sia and really helped her. I did like the side characters, but I did feel like we didn’t get to know them all that well, because the focus was more on Sia. I did like how some of the side characters changed during the story. I also liked learning about Sia her family and seeing them grow and become more close to each other. Although some of the changes went a bit fast.
Also while I liked the romance, I felt that sometimes it felt a bit off. They didn’t really had to time to get to know each other and Kyle was quite evasive sometimes and I wished they just talked about their issues sometimes, this book focusses more on the story than on their romance.
There are some small parts I liked a little bit less. First is the amnesia, for some reason it is a weird concept to wrap my head around, she forget’s who she is, but she remembers a lot of other things. It probably has something to do with losing a specific type of memory and I even got a bit about amnesia during my study, but still, for some reason it still feels a bit farfetched, although it did really work in this story. Also I was a bit disapointed that we never find out what happened right before she got amnesia. Also I thought the second half of the story was slightly less good than the first half, I still liked it, but the scenes about the oscar nomination event and charity just interested me less.
To conclude: I really liked Sia, it was such an original and captivating story with a beautiful message. I loved the first half of the book, but thought the second half was slightly less good. There is a lot of characters growth and developments in this book. I really liked Sia, Carol and Sia her family. There was a scene in the second half I wasn’t that fond of, but beside that I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone who is looking for an original Young Adult contemporary romance read!
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