Blog Tour & Review: SIA by Josh Grayson
BookCrushin in conjunction with YA Bound Book Tours is happy to present to you this blog tour for SIA the debut novel from Josh Grayson. In this post you will find book and author information, purchase links, a spoiler free review and a giveaway!
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary
Released: November 20, 2013
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.
Imagine waking up on a park bench wearing nothing but a skimpy running outfit and the only key to your identity is an i-pod that has “Sia’s playlist” on it. Thus starts the beginning of Sia, the fast paced young adult novel from Josh Grayson. This book is a unique departure for a young adult novel. It is a story of self discovery, of redemption, and change. Sia Holloway seemingly has it all, a rich girl, with looks and popularity, her life was one that would be envied by anyone. The problem is Sia carries more cruelty in her manicured pinkie than most have in their whole body. Upon losing her memory to spontaneous amnesia (one of the more you have to suspend disbelief plot points) Sia is forced on a path of unwitting change. After spending a week living as a homeless person (that suspension of disbelief part again) Sia is reunited with her family and her clique of mean girl friends. It’s here that Sia discovers that behind her pink wardrobe was a girl with a very black heart. However, Sia sets out to prove that she has changed. Her week of homelessness and her burgeoning friendship with certified geek, Kyle has her reevaluating who she used to be, even if she can’t remember that person. I won’t delve into the story beyond this for fear of spoiling I will just say that the word uplifting would be a fitting adjective to describe the latter half of the book. My only qualms with the book where that I wish that more time was spent on delving into Sia’s mean girl ways to get a clearer picture of her journey and much tighter character development. In particular, I felt that Kyle was underdeveloped. A lot of of his scenes with Sia found him abruptly leaving or refusing to have a conversation. As the reader I became a bit frustrated by this lack of true interaction.
Still, this is a book that I think teenage girls should read. With so many stories of bullies flooding the internet, even one story of a mean girl gone good, is worth sharing. I am going to recommend this to my 17 year old niece. As far as debut novels go this is one that won’t disappoint.
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.