Simon Pulse, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
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...
This tried to be like Veronica Mars, but it was more like Gossip Girl with a bit more substance. It pushed the Veronica Mars angle a bit too hard, also. I wasn’t a big fan of the main character, and I couldn’t figure out what the focus of the book was - social media behavior, bullying, a mystery, or gossip. The romance definitely wasn’t the focus of the book like so many of Sarah Ockler’s others. It was probably appropriate that it wasn’t due to everything else that was going on, but I wanted romance! Overall, there was a lot going on, and it was a long book. I felt like the first part of the story could have been summed up a lot quicker.
I still liked the book - it was just a 3 star when I was expecting a 5 star.