Blog Tour: #Scandal by Sarah Ockler

Posted June 12, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour, Book Review / 3 Comments

Blog Tour: #Scandal by Sarah Ockler

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: #Scandal by Sarah Ockler#scandal by Sarah Ockler
Published by Simon Pulse on June 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

I enjoyed #scandal.  It definitely opens your eyes about the consequences of what you post to social media.

Lucy is just trying to do her friend a favor, and keep her feelings hidden.  She wants to get prom over with, and go slay some zombies.  I like the fact that Lucy is really laid back.  She’s able to make fun of herself, and does it pretty frequently.  She also has strong emotions.  Even though she wants Cole, she tries to tamp those feelings down to make her BFF happy.  Her friends Ellie and Griffin pretty much suck.  I don’t care what happens when you need your friends they are supposed to be there.  I liked Cole well enough, he wasn’t a favorite of mine.  But I loved Franklin.  He’s smart, witty, sweet, and a decent guy.

The pacing is pretty steady.  There were a few parts that I was a little bored with, but overall I liked the storyline.  There are soooo many people keeping secrets that it’s a wonder they haven’t been found out before.  The only thing I didn’t care for was all the angst.  There was a lot of it.  I don’t think I was that bad as a teen. But I may have been.  While trying to find out who posted the pictures to Facebook, Lucy sees what it means to have friends, and sometimes people aren’t what they may seem.

If you want a sort of “who dunnit” with interesting characters this is a good book for you.

Katrina Sig


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About Sarah Ockler

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of novels for teens, including The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, #scandal, hits the shelves in June 2014.

Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

3 responses to “Blog Tour: #Scandal by Sarah Ockler

  1. Christina_Kit

    Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    I LOVE Sarah Ockler!! This sounds awesome and lovely review 🙂

    There was a scandal at my high school involving social media – a guy shot a youtube video of girls in the locker room changing, and then posted it and then everyone was criticizing the girls’ bodies. It was awful.

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