GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Sia by Josh Grayson
Published on 11/20/13 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
Sia has a hook that grabbed me from the very first page. Seventeen year old Sia wakes up on a park bench with no recollection of who she is. Yes, it’s intriguing. I was turning pages like mad jus to try and figure out what was going on.
Sia, it turns out, has a condition called fugue amnesia, presumably brought on by something traumatic. But she doesn’t understand thisright away so she ends up living on the cold and dangerous streets of LA, under a bridge, with an older homeless woman named Carol. Carol brings Sia under her wing and takes care of her until an unfortunate accident lands her in the hospital where her real identity is discovered.
Sia is the daughter of a famous movie producer and ex-model. She lives in a huge mansion and she discovers that she was not exactly the nicest person before she lost her memories. She was selfish and mean and cared only about popularity and “things”.
But living on the streets with Carol gave her a new empathy for others and she brings this with her when she returns to her old life.
This is an uplifting second chance redemption story for the young adult crowd. It’s got a little bit of romance in it, but really this is the personal journey of Sia and how she changes over time and begins to understand the important things in life. A great read for teens and it’s clean as well. No drugs or sex, just a little bit of kissing and a whole lot of good deeds and personal reflection.
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