Young Adult, Social Issues, Romance
Ebook/Print (320 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Regan Flay has been talking about you.
Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother's "plan" for high school success?cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society--until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she's ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school.
Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah.
The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend's hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan's going through, but what nobody knows is that Regan isn't really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she's barely holding it together under her mom's pressure. But the consequences of Regan's fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched...
Especially Regan Flay.Author Site: website
This book should be a movie! (5 stars)
I have to preface this review by saying that the only reason I picked LIFE UNAWARE up was because I "met" the author at a Facebook party celebrating its release. When she talked about her own experiences with bullies I was intrigued to see what it had inspired. To my great pleasure the book was very good.
Regan is certainly not the meanest mean girl I've read getting one-upped in fiction but I honestly don't think the romantic plot would have worked had she been. That noted, no one should be bullied and LU peels back the layers on each character in ways that make for interesting character development. If you're not brought to feeling compassion for even the nastiest of Regan's peers I'll be surprised. Nolan is important both as an ally in Regan's recovery and later as a love interest. He has secrets that really ramp up the plot.
It's really hard to elaborate on LU without giving spoilers and even though I had the major plot points pegged they were still enjoyable. If you've ever been bullied or had a friend or family member who experienced it you're sure to find the big reveal toward the end as lovely as I did. I really wish they would make a movie out of this book and that's saying something.
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Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.