Pushing Send

Pushing Send

by Ally Derby, Jacqueline Ross
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Pushing Send 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Pushing Send is a yung adult novel with some very deep and intense situations, especially appropriate in this day and age. Hadley's life has be turned upside down yet again as she and her family have moved again to a small town in New York. Her father lost his job after an accident and now her father has addiction issues. This leaves her nother as the sole breadwinner, overworked and continually making excuses for Hadley's father. All of this has meant that Hadley has not only had to grow up fast, but it has really damaged her ability to trust others. As a result, she just tries to fly under the radar and keep to herself. But being the new girl in a small school, it is hard to remain anonymous for too long. Soon after she moves, she meets Lana, her neighbor and soon her best friend. She also meets her older stepbrother Paxton, with whom she becomes friends as well. It was at this point that I thought this was going to be the typical love story between a somewhat geeky, socially awkward girl and the gorgeous jock, but there is so much to the story. Pax likes Hadley and thinks she's a good influence on his sometimes tumultuous little sister. Their friendships are unexpected, as Hadley could not be more different. Lana and Paxton are well off and have had a lot of advantages in life, whereas Hadley and her family are struggling, financially and emotionally. Things go better than Hadley expected for awhile, until something happens that ruins everything. It is at this point that everything goes into a horrific doward spiral for her and it becomes almost overwhelming. Just about everything that could go wrong does. There are some important plot lines in this book, particularly appropriate for our time. It highlights the downside of such a digital age and how it can ruin lives. It shows how quick people are to assume the worst, to judge. There is also an important theme of mental illness and how much that can go unnoticed in teenagers. There are also themes of love and forgiveness, compassion and understanding. These plot lines and themes are well considered and important to the time. However, there were times when it almost felt like various parts of the book were written for different demographics. It was something that was very noticeable to me, even as I enjoyed the overall story. It was only when I was preparing to write this review that I realized that this was written my a middle-school girl and her mother, which explains those variations. It also explained the massive fangirling going on throughout the book, although that was appropriate to the age of the main character. But if you haven't read the series fangirled (The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, The Fault in Our Stars, etc.),, you will find spoilers to those novels. The only other thing that gave me pause was the time jumping. The book takes place over roughly 2 years and there were several moments when the time jumped forward. While I think the jumping was necessary for the story, I wish there was some kind of indication from the beginning like an italicized six months later or some such thing so as to eliminate confusion. My Recommendation: All in all this was a good story that touched on some important issues, even with the couple of things that jumped out at me. I am hoping that there will be a sequel because I want to know more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to start with this review. This book touches on a very sensitive issue of bullying as well as being falsely accused. the authors have written a heart wrenching story that makes you feel as though you are living through this with the characters. The emotions I felt reading this book is something that I have never experienced in a YA book before. You will fall in love with Hadley and hurt with her through the book. Make sure to read this with a box of tissues nearby. Thank you to the authors for the ARC. I can honestly say I will recommend this book to everyone
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story flowed so well I could not tell when the authors were switching in the story. The story has laughs, grief, pain, guilt, bullying, and heartbreak. This is Hadley’s story. Hadley has changed to a few different schools recently and is about to start a new one again. She is meeting new friends. Already she can see that some of her friends don’t like other ones. But a party and one click of a send button changes everything. Tragedy strikes. Now she is living in a state of hell. She has a new set of rules she does not understand. She is being punished for something she didn’t do. Will the friends she made turn against her? Will the town? With all the pain and tragedy will she come out of this the same person? When grief turns into pain and anger will she remember to breathe? There are some tear filled moments and some anger filled moments in this story. But all in all I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from these two authors.