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by Josh Grayson
Forgetting was only the beginning.

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


Forgetting was only the beginning.

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 still, 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.

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Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in 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 jogging, swimming, reading and dreaming up new stories. Sia is his debut YA novel.

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srfeike More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I thought that this was a very good debut. The characters had a good foundation, and the editing was great. Ingave three stars instead of five because the story itself could have been developed more, and had more conflict. This would have made this story more poignant.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I was so happy to read something positive and heartwarming about the youth of today. Thank you for the uplifting message. Still Cool to read though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I really enjoyed it. It was sweet, intereting, different in a good way. I fell in love with Sia and Kyle, great characters. It was a very cute , fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite a small plot line involving drinking, I would classify this book as middle grade rather than YA. Plot points were obvious, characters were one-dimensional, and the dialogue was unnatural. Nothing unexpected happened in this book. Interesting idea but lackluster execution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sounds like a very great book for young adluts to read and i look forword of reading this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected it to be a cliche story it kind of was but not as much as I thought it would be
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. It was heart-renching
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story itself. I feel like it was missing something though. Similar to what srfeike said I just wanted more. The conflicts in this book aren't too complicated or dramatic. It was also very predictalbe. **SPOILERS** Sia put the money in her locker and I was thinking "Why would you put that much money in her school locker? It probably gets stolen." It got stolen. OH GOSH WHO COULD IT BE?! Really the only person that dislikes Sia enough to do this to her is Amber. The whole book itself was pretty simplistic and it doesn't really leave you thinking about it much when you're done reading it.   the TL; DR? Well for 99 cents its a great short read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book about selfishness!! It made me look at all the things I have and made me even more thankful!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!:)
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
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!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Starts in a tradegy ends with rommance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definetly a favorite!! The concept of the bok was captivating and unique. I could not put it down!
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WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
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.
andreea-deea More than 1 year ago
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. ¿ Favorite quotes: “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.”
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
heartjess More than 1 year ago
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.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
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.)
KathywithaK27 More than 1 year ago
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!!
RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
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.