Thursday, May 21, 2015

#scandal by Sarah Ockler - OPTIONAL

Ockler, Sarah  #scandal, 401 pgs.  Simon Pulse, 2014.  $17.99  Content: Language: R (100 swears; 9 “F”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG.  

Lucy has had a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, Cole, since Lucy met him first four years ago.  Lucy has tried to suppress her feelings for Cole, but when her best friend gets sick with the flu the night of Prom she asks Lucy to go for her with Cole.  Lucy and Cole share a kiss and a compromising picture shows up on the school’s gossip website, which causes Lucy to become the target for bullying.  Lucy spends the book solving the mystery of who framed her and makes new friends who help her.   

Lucy is an easy character to like and the book has enough going on that it is easy to read.  The message about social media versus living in reality is interesting and discussed throughout, but it wasn’t worth the amount of swearing and the gratuitous “F” word.  The sexual content is a 1 ½ page joke about a sexual toy.   

HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.   

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