DNF: #scandal by Sarah Ockler


17415348Lucy’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. Andespecially 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..


My Review:

I absolutely, positively ADORED the first half of #Scandal by Sarah Ockler. I thought that it was super cute and totally original. Coming from someone who’s not the biggest fan of contemporary, that’s a huge compliment. There was no doubt in my mind that this was going to be a 4 or 4.5 star review. I was so ready to start promoting and gushing about it. And that’s when things started to go downhill during the second half of the book.

My biggest complaint with this book was how freaking dramatic it was. It was so drama filled that I was rolling my eyes every two seconds. Now, I know that this book is set in a high school setting, and high school is dramatic, but oh my goodness. There was only so much that I could take. Seriously. It was drama after drama after drama, and I was just burnt out.

My second complaint was how unfreakingrealistic this book was. I’m not talking about the scandal. Obviously that could happen and all the fall outs from that. And if that was the ONLY thing going on, I probably would have finished the book and adored it. But the author started throwing in a famous sister and letting the students run the school and having the school faculty doing stuff that would never really happen in real life….and it got to be too much. Realistically, no one would have ever kept Lucy’s secret about her sister. That whole thing was just eye roll worthy. And as a teacher, I had to question where the author was coming from with some of the things that went on in the school. If this was a paranormal book, I might have looked past it. However, this is a contemporary book. And contemporary to me means that it has to be fairly realistic. This wasn’t.

My third complaint with this book was the bullying. I was very uncomfortable reading about it. It also was a trigger for me at times and brought back some memories. I don’t think there was anything wrong with having it in the book, but I definitely didn’t like reading about it.

Finally, I didn’t care for the characters all that much. Probably because they were all super dramatic. I think that this is going to be a great book for a younger audience and maybe for some diehard contemporary lovers, but it just wasn’t for me. Again, I think that if a couple elements were eliminated from this book it would be awesome. But it was just too much.


Pages: 368

Publication Date: June 17th 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Rating: DNF