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Posted April 6, 2014
Fun and chic with a thoughtful kind of theme. A truly good book that captures a flare of elegance, troubling & new relationships, along with some romance. Love the book!!!!!!:)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2014
This was a truly beautiful story. It was moving, it was emotional, it was simply gorgeous. It is not in any way a light story, but one full of deeply intense situations and issues. It doesn't shy away from issues of alcoholism, bullying, judgment, etc. It was a real story that was not glossed over.
Sia is the epitome of the spoiled little rich girl... until she wakes up on a bench in a park with no memory of who she is or how she ended up in this park with nothing more than an iPod with the name "Sia" on it. For the next week, she ends up living a life that she never expected or paid any attention to prior to her bout of amnesia. She is reunited with her old life after an accident lands her in the hospital, but she still has no memory of who she once was. As she reintegrates with her family and "friends," she realizes what she really was... a bully and a mean girl. It is a life that she no longer wants for herself, especially when she starts to learn the truth about her own family. I love the change in her life, going from the queen bee to being the outsider. It is a good reminder to look beneath the surface and think of others.
This is a story about looking at life and priorities from a new perspective. All of a sudden, There are messages in this story that are important for all of us. She realizes that she has been living a life to please everyone else instead of being true to herself.
Things to love about Sia...
--The willingness to be raw about real issues like bullying and judgment.
--Carol and Sia. It is an unlikely friendship that is beautiful.
Things I wanted more or less of...
--More grittiness. I think Sia's week of self-discovery was a little easier than it would be in reality.
--More angst with Ashley. It just seemed like Ashley came around far too easily.
Some quotastic goodness...
--Comprehension dawns, and all the blood leaves my head in a rush. I start to shake. No matter what question I ask, the answers all point in one horrifying direction. I have no idea who I am (Loc. 113-114).
--“Sia, dear, can we please not discuss your homeless friends over lunch? I’m trying to eat (Loc 872).”
--I feel increasingly sick listening to my so-called friends talk, their eyes dancing with malicious laughter. Was I really one of these people? Was I ever such a selfish, cruel person (Loc. 1310-1311)?
--And now I know what to do with the rest of it. I have a lifetime ahead of me, one I hope to fill with as much love and joy as I can find. One I will fill with beautiful memories. Who am I? I’m Sia Holloway. And this is the me I was meant to be (Loc. 4207-4210).
My recommendation: A fantastically gorgeous story that I highly recommend to those who want their faith in humanity restored!
Posted February 4, 2014
Posted January 27, 2014
Posted January 1, 2014
This is the story of Sia, a 17-year-old girl who wakes up on a park bench with no idea who she is. The book follows Sia as she struggles to first survive alone in the world and then later as she struggles to rediscover who she was. The only problem is she's not really sure she wants to be the girl she was.
This story was entertaining, but through the whole thing I kept expecting more. More what? Just more. I would have loved for the story to go more in depth with Sia and her struggles, both on the street and with her amnesia/rediscovering herself after she returns home. It's like everything was glossed over and we never really got the whole story. On the surface, I enjoyed the story, but by the end I just felt like something very critical to a great story was missing – character development and believable explanations for things to be specific.
Posted December 28, 2013
Sia is the debut novel by Josh Grayson. Sia's friends reminded me of Mean Girls, and Sia herself was one of the Mean Girls before she lost her memory. I liked the Sia we got to know. She was caring, brave, and strong. Her life on the streets in the beginning was eye opening. The conflicts were easily resolved within the plot. That took away some of the realistic feel for me. I would liked to have seen a little more Umph. Sure, we have seen similar stories, but this was a nice and fun read with a good message. I'm a sucker for stories where the popular girl falls for the nerdy guy. Kyle was just the kind of nerdy guy a girl could easily fall for too. He may not have been popular, but he didn't let it change him. He stood up for himself and those he cares about. Sia spreads a beautiful message on how one person can make a difference. It's an appropriate read for a young adult audience.
Sia by Josh Grayson was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Posted December 9, 2013
OMG! This was a awesome book. And i`m so happy that i`ve read this book.
This year a search some different book to read, and this one was so different. I choose this book on NetGalley. I just choose this book only because the cover. I dint`t a think about it. It just the cover hypnotized me. I mean, just take a look. That green just blow my head away. It is a perfect cover for a perfect story.
I was a little afraid because, you know judging by appearances you`re risking that the story is not a good one. But this time it was not the case. This book is about a young girl, who by the night it is change. She is a daughter of a famous couple on Hollywood. She has everything, and maybe because she is so bored, she decides to be that mean popular girl in high school. She has perfect friends, perfect boyfriend and perfect body. She tortured the other kids in school just because she can. But someday, this change. She is on jogging, when she is losing her memory. How do you feel to be on street, alone, and don`t remember who you are? So she decide to run. Run way from world, her and her lost memory. What happened next it will change her forever. It will change her perspective to think about people around her and her herself. She will se that not the money or fame matters, just the love and the family support.
It is about a girl who want so bad to change when she finds out how she used to be. She want that change. And in that process she find her really true love. I so loved this book because it was different and it just captivated me. The actions, the true story behind this was so powerful. It just show as that people can change. If you want to.
Again, i`m so happy that i`ve read this book. I think this one is one of my favorite now. So you have to try it. Just give it a chance. It will change you. For good. ¿
“True friendship is when two friends can walk in opposite directions, yet remain side by side.”
“I loved you yesterday. I love you today. And if you`ll let me, I`ll love you tomorrow.”
Posted December 7, 2013
I received a copy from Netgalley and posted my review for a blog tour
When I first read this books synopsis one word caught my eye: bully. The idea of a bully re-evaluating their life intrigued me, especially since my oldest daughter was bullied in school. My daughter is still suffering from the experience, so I was drawn to the idea of a "mean girl" changing her ways. I thought the author did a good job of describing the drama of high school and the emotions of the victims that Sia and her friends had tormented. Sometimes the story did feel familiar, like they were from scenes out of the movie "Mean Girls". But even though there was this similarity I still enjoyed the story.
Of all the characters I really liked Carol, the homeless woman that befriended Sia. Carol was an amazing woman and even though she was struggling to survive on her own she still took the time to take care of Sia. And she also provided some great advice :
We all make mistakes, Sia. We've done things we ain't proud of. But what you gotta do is look past those things. Look for opportunities to show people who you are now.
Sia was a quick read and was well written, and I recommend this book for young adults and middle grade readers.
Posted December 1, 2013
The first time I read the first three chapters of the book, I thought I will get disappointed because, somehow I read the story before, the amnesia part and her going back to the family and school. I thought it will fall in the same story line, but I'm wrong. This book give it a twist. I love the story it is so inspiring and beautiful in all means. It's amazing how the story is made it's like a true to life story and I love how it is composed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2013
What a wonderful read this was! It had me hooked from the first page I started reading all the way to the end. I was surprised at first because I was expecting to read a thriller but instead I was presented with a contemporary young adult book, and a well written one too! SIA was a charming and meaningful read.
The plot started off very mysterious, which lead me to believe of a different genre, but soon turned into a story of self-discovery. It was quite frightening to read the first few chapters of Sia realizing that she didn't know who she was and was lost in a strange place. My heart thumped as I wondered what was going to happen to her out alone and helpless. Luckily, Sia ended up meeting a very kind homeless woman who helped her out. This section of Sia being with the homeless was my favorite. It was the turning point of Sia's life and it also showed a light to the homeless situation in our cities. The rest of the story was about Sia learning about who she was before her amnesia and of her proving that she was a better person. It was wonderful read how a bully saw the wrong in her ways and learned what really mattered in life.
The characters were very well developed. Sia was my favorite character. Her character should be introduced to younger girls because Sia showed growth in this story. Materialism and vanity were not important, but family and knowing a person better was what really mattered. Sia learned this and tried her best to let those around her know what really mattered in life. Another character I loved was Carol, the homeless lady that helped Sia out. She was a very endearing and really helped open my eyes to the reasons why people end up on the street. Carol was the perfect example of compassion because even though she had nothing to her name, she still gave a lot of herself to help out another human being. Last, there was Kyle, the boy that Sia once tortured for being a "loser." For a young man in high school, he already knew what really mattered in life for he had a big heart. He dedicated his free time to feed the homeless and organize charities. I wish more boys were like him. These three characters really made me love SIA.
Overall, this was a marvelous read. I loved how a bully learned the errors of her ways and became a better person. Though it would have been nice for this to have happened without the amnesia part, but it did help make the story intriguing. Though I was expecting to read a thriller, I was not disappointed with this story. This is a perfect read for young adults.
Posted November 29, 2013
Positive & Hopeful
If I were to sum up this book in one word it would be sweet.
There was something about this book that kept me reading. I finished in one sitting. The story was interesting, although the dialogue was awkward and the writing seemed like it was more for a younger YA or middle grade than YA.
The other issue was that everything seemed to work out TOO perfectly. Sure there was conflict, but it seemed contrived. There were some great opportunities to up the tension and make it more realistic that were really missed.
Even though there were a lot of overdone cliches, I felt like this was a fresh story. It wasn't something I've read over and over again. Usually this type of story is told from someone who died and is trying to come to terms with the person they were. Sia got to do that in her own life. A real second chance. The most important thing to me was that I wanted to kept reading. I was interested. And that means something to me. Despite a few minor flaws, the story kept me engaged.
AND the book's message was great -- can you imagine waking up with a blank slate? All the bad things you had done were wiped from your mind and you could become the person you really wanted to be? Sia was able to see herself for who she was and who she wanted to become. She was suddenly on the outside looking in. A lot of us could use that perspective about ourselves. We can easily get focused on 'me' and Sia showed us there is more to the world than that. And the book just made me feel light and happy. So, even with the rose-colored glasses, I was entertained.
If you have a younger teen who has been bullied or has conflict (hello, who doesn't!), this book has a great message. It is a clean, quick read, that will inspire you to become a better you.
Posted November 27, 2013
It grabbed me.
Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. It took about a day to read because I read every free chance I had. I didn’t want to put it down. I put off other stuff just so I could read this book. I even considered (but talked myself out of) ignoring party guests (family) until I finished the book. (I reconsidered and finished it after the party. I believe it was the first thing I did when everyone left.)
Anyway, Sia just grabbed me. I got the message. I felt for Sia. I felt for her friends. I felt for those who were not her friends. I wanted to know who she was and who she would end up being. Carol, Stacy, and Kyle were some of my favorites. Kyle was a good guy. He wasn’t afraid to stand up for his fellow classmates, for himself, for others. He wasn’t afraid to let go if the need arose. Stacy was conflicted. I think she knew what she was doing was wrong but I don’t think she wanted to be on the receiving end of it. She tried for the most part. I loved her in the end. Carol was wise and showed Sia that not everyone ends up in the situations/circumstances that they do because of their own fault. Sometimes events happen that set off a chain of events.
I loved every minute of this book. Sia could have been a cliche. It could have been very predictable in a number of ways. However, this was a fresh take on this particular theme. I was proud of Sia, her family, her friends (old and new). All of the characters fit their descriptions and their true selves.
Sia has a great message. This is a wonderful YA book. It’s clean, romantic, smart, gripping, emotional. Sia left me with that happy, giddy grin that I so enjoy.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely.
Will I read it again: I may.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Posted November 27, 2013
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Waking up on a park bench is a scary thought regardless of who you are, but what if that happened and you had no idea who you were other than a name on an iPod? That would be straight up terrifying, but Sia Holloway has to deal with just that in this Josh Grayson novel of the same name. Living on the streets would be daunting for anyone so adding this lack of details only aggravates things more but after surviving that for a whole week you would think nothing could be worse. Sia has to find out not only who she is, but does she even like herself and her life before that day.
Because of the lack of memory, this book is a character development nightmare if I have ever seen one! Not only do you have to tell me who this girl is but you have to get me to that point without telling me anything tangible about her. That is insane as a writer to attempt, but this story pulls it off. I fell in love with Sia while she was on the streets because of the empathy I felt towards her, then it blew everything I thought I knew about her up by revealing her past and proceed to pick up all the little pieces back up again and fit them back together in a way that I still love the character. It worked for me because you got to see an evolution of someone that may not have been a great human being before all of this happened but took the opportunity to make the situation right on her own terms. I think that told me more about the character than any back story or relationship within this book ever did for me. The internal struggle is something that is really hard to write about and I thought the author did an amazing job with Sia and everything going on in her head.
Outside of Sia and her internal struggles, the world going on around her is really interesting and absolutely holds your attention. On one hand the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills and the movie industry is really fascinating to take a peak into, and on the other hand you have this Mean Girls scenario playing out in her High School that I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life. When the two collide it provides a extraordinarily dramatic place for Sia to navigate on top of everything else that has happened to her with living on the streets and her memory loss. Girl didn't have it easy at any point here, but it made her a better character and definitely someone you could get behind as a reader and hope they come out on the other side okay. An inspiring story of redemption mixed with a character that was well developed is the reason I think you should run and get Sia NOW!!
Posted November 27, 2013
I was given this novel as an advanced readers copy. Content may have changed between the advanced copy and publication.
The Sia Holloway before the novel was a bit of a jerk. She was a popular girl who got giggly from humiliating people and maintained a superiority complex by dragging others down. Grayson creates a teen in “Sia” that wants to be a better person and in so doing he allows her to maintain the shallowness and self-absorption of the average teen. As sorry as Sia seems for her behaviour her primary attitude seems to be “OMG, if I can’t remember it, it didn’t happen so let it go.” Redemption doesn’t happen as easily as Sia thinks it should but as a woman who has done a 180, she simply has to stay in her lane to prove herself.
Grayson missed a few opportunities in his début novel. The first is the issue of substance abuse. Over the course of much of the novel Sia’s mother is in rehab as a result of alcoholism. There are happy little visits and Sia and her father lend her mother support but as with much of the novel, and perhaps because its geared to teens, her healing process is all “off camera.” It makes the rehab process seem to the child to be very an easy and happy one with butterflies and rainbows. Seeing some of the process could have served as a valuable point within the story line.
The second missed opportunity related to Amber. She could have been an excellent antagonist. In the narrative she was powerless without Sia though she made a lot of noise. Teen girls do not see those mean girls as powerless and showing a deeper sense to Amber and more of why she was the way she was might help the teen audience gain perspective in their own school relationships. Amber makes some big moves but they are of desperation.
The message of the novel is of a teen girl given a second chance to be whom she should be and to make a difference in her community. She has been a vacuum of consumerism blind to the problems that her parents faced financially and emotionally. When Sia’s memory goes, her eyes open to the world around them and the kindness of Carol, the homeless woman who helps her survive at the start of the novel, opens her heart. There is a romance sub-plot though no sex. “Sia” would be an appropriate read for a middle school audience.
“Sia” would be an excellent novel for the Disney Company to adapt for film. Hers is a story of cruelty and kindness, pain and redemption and ultimately of making the world in which you live a better place. A good example for any teen who might choose to read this exciting work of fiction.
Posted November 26, 2013
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Even though Sia’s storyline is predictable from the beginning and the characters themselves are not wholey original, author Josh Grayson gives us a story that resounds for years to come. Mean Girls with a loss of memory and realizing just how horrible they behave pretty much sums up the plot of this story. Along the lines though, Sia emerges triumphant and with a cheering squad aka the reader.
As the story starts, Sia doesn’t know who she is, where she lives, etc. She knows she’s Sia by the name of the playlist on the ipod she’s wearing. Instead of finding someone who could help her, she strays throughout the city and is “rescued” by thankfully, a kind homeless woman. For the life of me, if she was dressed the way described and with a latest edition ipod, why oh why didn’t she just go to the police?
Eventually she is brought back into her real life, memory still gone and picks up the pieces as she feels they should be. She finds that the person she was is not the person she would want to be now. Things in her life change with family, friends and others. The reader gets to see Sia grow into someone else completely.
I would have liked to have heard more about Sia’s godsend, Carol. There’s a story there that just didn’t get the limelight it deserved. All the characters stories seemed a bit cut short and an expansion on them would have benefited this book as a whole. The book itself is a quick read and I would recommend it to all YA/teen readers, especially those who are of that age. It would give them a lesson on humanity, humility, respect, responsibility, compassion and honor that they would carry on in their life and possibly help out another they see being treated as less.
Posted November 25, 2013
Sia is a great story that takes a look at the social dynamics of high school in a very interesting way. When Sia loses all her memories, she finds herself living with the homeless for a week - eating at soup kitchens, collecting cans, and sleeping under bridges. She has no idea that she is actually the daughter of a famous movie producer. When an accident lands her in the hospital, she is reunited with her family only to find it isn't the perfect life that everyone told her it was. As her family falls apart around her, she struggles in school with what her friends expect her to be. She finds out that she was a "mean girl" - the worst of the bunch, but now she doesn't want to be that. Will she be able to reinvent herself into a better person. I absolutely loved this story. Sia was a very genuine and honest character throughout and it was amazing to watch her turn her life and family around into better people. While there wasn't a lot of action, there was a lot of character growth and exploration which I love in a book. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2013
WOW! I read a lot of books, and I mean a lot of books and this book by Josh Grayson is magnificent. Sia is a senior in high school
who wakes up on a bench in the park and can't remember anything. The tale that follows is intriguing and inspiring. Sia finally makes
it home and discovers things about her past that she is not very happy with. Grayson does a great job of making Sia take a look at
herself, to really decided on the person she wants to be. She inspires herself to be a better person, even if it is the hardest thing to do.
Sometimes in life the right thing to do is the hardest and the decision within the story is brilliant. The words weaved are believable,
address real life issues and make you want to be a better person. Josh Grayson - Rock On my Man ! I give this book 5 stars.
Posted November 22, 2013
Sia starts off with her waking up on a park bench with a pink skimpy workout outfit on and only an ipod on her. She quickly realizes that she has no idea where she is or who she is. She starts to wander around looking for anything. Then she realizes she is hungry. When she smells the food coming to her, a man well dressed offers to buy her food. She hesitates for only a moment. There is no place to sit and the man states that they could sit in his car and eat. RED FLAGS! She agrees based on him being well dressed polite and kind. Things quickly change and he locks her in the car trying to drive away with her in it. She gets slapped when she tries to get out. Thank goodness she instinctively knew how to maim and she got out of a running car. She learns her lesson but she is still bewildered at who she is and what she should do. She doesn’t want to go to the police until she gets some idea of who she might be. STUPID GIRL.
Then she runs into a homeless woman, named Carol, who takes her under her wing and helps her survive the streets. She learns a lot about compassion and kindness and learns not to judge. They are together for a week. Then one morning at soup kitchen while Carol is momentarily away from her, she runs into a boy who yells at her to get out and that she has some nerve coming here. She has no clue what he is talking about. She leaves quickly and is so upset over it a car hits her when she is not paying attention. She wakes up in a hospital. They know who she is and her parents are there. But of course she has no idea who they are. The doctor tells them that she has fugue amnesia. Who knows when her memories will come back but to do her regular routines and hopefully something will trigger it back. Also, she learns that this is a rare amnesia that is usually caused by stress.
Sia comes to find out that she is very well off and lives in a rich neighborhood. She has a room covered in pink. Sia thanks everyone for anything that she gets, like the driver and the housekeeper, who just grins at the comment. Sia’s friends show up and she finds out she is the captain of the cheerleaders and her boyfriend is the quarterback at school. All that doesn’t sit well with her.
She goes to school and runs into the boy who threw her out of the kitchen. She is intrigued by him. But he kind of ignores her. She soon finds out why. Her so called friends are rude and mean. Sia isn’t like that now and she could only handle so much with them. She also finds out that things are peachy keen at home either. Her parents marriage is on the rocks; her dad’s company is almost bankrupt.
Not knowing what to do, she sneaks out and finds Carol who will listen to her and help her through this.
Then when an earthquake hits. Kyle starts a fundraiser to help the victims. Sia joins them and all hell breaks loose with her friends because Sia isn’t suppose to be like that she is supposed to be like them mean and selfish. And Kyle’s friends don’t want anything to do with her either but they give her a chance. That’s more than her so called friends do. They snub her. Sia breaks up with the quarterback too.
Now Sia is feeling alone and confused. Kyle only talks to her when he has too and yet he watches her. She gets mixed messages from him and she is starting to like him.
Sia’s only real friends are Carol and the housekeeper. Sia decides she wants to stay the way she is and is worried that when her memories come back will she want to be mean, rude and selfish or will she want to be the way she is now, kind, caring and compassionate.
Kyle is afraid that Sia will become mean again and although he has feelings for her, he keeps his distance.
When will Sia get her memories back and what will she become?
I like the premise of the story. That anyone can change. And that people can forgive. There is more than just Sia who changes in this book. Sia radiates her goodness.
If you like forgiveness, learning to be better, overcoming dependence, helping others, charities, service to others, friendships, and family than you will like this book.
Posted November 22, 2013
Sia lives up to what I was told about the book. It is uplifting and clean YA novel. It was full of drama, great characters and made me look at myself and want to help more. I don't think I would handle the situations Sia faces very well at all.
Sia wakes up in a park having no idea where she was or even who she is. She starts walking and finds out she is in LA. We get to see her face homeless and get a look at life out on the street. We see some bad and some good people she meets along the way.
After Sia is reunited with her family and friends we see how different she is now. Everyone wants Sia to go back to the way it was before her memory was lost. Sia likes the changes.
Carol's is upbeat having lived on the street for years. She is willing to help others and to comfort Sia. She becomes a true friend to her.
Amber and Stacy are Sia's best friends. They are the cheerleaders, a bunch of mean girls who look down on others. When Sia does not want to do what they want and wear what they want her to wear they shun her.
This story hits so many points. It shows a little about life on the street. About mean rich snobby high school girls. Peer pressure.
Alcoholism, service to others and forgiveness. We can change who we are if we want to one step at a time.
I had a hard time putting this book down. Yes in some ways you figure out where the story is going but it is a enjoyable ride getting there.
Yes it is getting fast differences of ratings from different people. Yes the first part of the story is better you are not sure where it will take you.
Yes it is happy cheesy ending but I love happy cheesy endings.
I was given this book to read and asked to give honest review of it by the author and Netgalley.
Posted November 20, 2013
Sia. I really liked this one. It held my attention from the beginning until the end.
I think both the main and secondary characters were very interesting.
I loved Sia. (love her name) She wakes up on a park bench and has absolutely no idea who she is or how she got there. She's forced to spend a week living homeless on the streets. She befriends a homeless woman named Carol who helps keep her safe.
As the story goes on Sia learns what type of person she's been in the past and doesn't want that life anymore. She discovers that she was mean to people and thought she was better than everyone. She also learns that her home life isn't what it appears to be. I admired her. Even though she couldn't remember who she was she tried her best to better herself and become a better person. One who treated others with respect.
I loved Kyle as well. At first he was a bit reluctant to get involved with Sia because of her past actions, but as the story progressed they sort of developed a friendship. One of his fears where when Sia regained her memory that she would revert to her old ways and go back to treating him badly.
The sexual content is non-existent in this one which is usually the norm for young adult novels. There is definitely a strong attraction between Sia and Kyle though.
Overall, I really enjoyed Sia. The plot was quite good, the characters were interesting, and the story held my attention from the beginning until the very end. I think for a debut novel Mr Grayson did a terrific job. I will defiantly be reading his future works.