Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Tour- #Scandal by Sarah Ockler


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 first want to start and say a big thank you to Jean @Jeanbooknerd and Sarah for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour. I was very happy to get an ARC of this book and it's my first Sarah Ockler book. And I loved it! I'll definitely be getting Twenty Boy Summer and her other books as well. 

First of all, I love the premise. This is the type of stories I devour. I love teen romances and this book did not disappoint. When I first started it, I'll admit, I didn't know what was going on. But as I read further, the more I enjoyed the story and was immersed in Lucy and Cole's life. It opens up with them getting ready for prom. Lucy's best friend wasn't feeling well and wasn't able to make their senior prom. So she puts her (as in Lucy) in her place...to go with Cole. Cole is Ellie's boyfriend and Ellie is Lucy's best friend. The problem is, Lucy's always liked Cole. So taking Ellie's place is really hard on her, and she has to conceal her true feelings. But she does it for her best friend. What starts out as an innocent and fun night at the dance...turns into something much worse. And that's thanks to Facebook and some mean brats who took pictures during a party and wanted to lay out Lucy's life on the internet for all to see. Things get messy, friendships are tested and true feelings are revealed. It's a train wreck for all involved. And I love drama and angst, but this was just horrible.

The next day, there's a Facebook post of Lucy and Cole in an embrace, which she never took. And then there's other embarrassing moments involving other students at the after party. Someone is on the hunt for the next #scandal article, and they sure got it. Now, Lucy has to find out who the culprit is trying to frame her and also, find her cell phone when it goes missing. It's a bit of mystery-slash-Gossip Girl and it gets ugly. I felt so bad for Lucy and hated the bitches who wanted to ruin all the good things in her life. But in the end, we find out who was behind it all. Everything gets settled and the ending was great.

I read this book in less than 2 days. It was fast and easy reading. The writing style was fun and engaging and I enjoyed the characters. Especially Cole. Yeah, I liked him a lot. It brought me back to those teenage years, but when I was a teen, we didn't have cell phones and facebook apps. It just shows how easily your life can be destroyed by uploading private pics or having your phone stolen and your identity lost. It's a horrible concept if you think about it. All it takes is a push of a button and something private like a picture is on the net for all to see. But this was a fun and easy read and I loved it. Sure, there's some angst and drama. But there's also some romance that will melt your heart. I recommend to my friends who love a good mystery/romance story. It is YA so there's not a lot of steam but I like books without all the sex too. I'll be reading Ockler's other books very soon.


Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of several books for teens: The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, and the upcoming #scandal. Her books have received numerous accolades, including ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls’ Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, Amazon Top Movers and Shakers, and nominations for YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books.

She’s a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, tarot enthusiast, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Colorado, Sarah enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. In addition to her website at sarahockler.com, fans can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.


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