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.
My thoughts: Sia is a very interesting story. The story of the girl with amnesia, who is afraid to find help from the police because she doesn't know if she is running from the law. She wanders dressed in exercise clothing, knowing that she stands out, wanting to escape into the background, and very hungry.
The first person she talks to ends up being a creep. He seems nice, feeds her, and then propositions her. She was lucky to escape. She wanders and comes across a woman named Carol. Carol is an amazing character. Carol is homeless, but she sets aside her own concerns and takes Sia under her wing and helps her survive a week living on the streets.
The book shifts at this point when Sia is recognized by a young man volunteering at the Soup Kitchen. She flees and has an accident that lands her in the hospital. Her new world and old world collide when she is thrust back into a life that she doesn't remember. The life that she has lived is not desireable. She is popular, comes from a wealthy background, but she isn't nice. The question is how can she live her life and be the person that she wants to be in her environment? When her memories come back will it change her to who she was before?
Josh Grayson has done a wonderful job at laying out and implementing his story. The story brings out some great points at how a person can change and do something positive with their life, even with a history of mistakes.
I received a copy of this book to review. 4 Star Rating Genre: YA
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.
Praise for "Sia"
“A compelling read full of intrigue, romance, and lots of surprises. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!” - Jennifer Read Hawthorne, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“There have been very few books that made me think they made to someday become a movie (i.e. Warm Bodies, The Host). And I guess Sia can join the club, because this book, I say, is perfect for it. I felt like I was reading a script for a movie, the plot is fantastic and the characters are great, there's a little of humor as well as tragic situations.” -Bookish Randomness
“Well I finished this book amazingly fast. This whole book will leave you amused, intrigued, in awe, and most importantly in love with the whole story line until the very last word. I'll have to go with 5 stars for this book.” - Lovely Reads
“Beautifully written…this one will have you reflecting on your current and past actions. Although a fiction, Sia inspires.” –A Starry-eyed Heart Review
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