Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Influence by Sara Shepard - OPTIONAL

Influence by Sara Shepard, 361 pages. Delacorte Press, 2021. $18. 

Content: Language: PG-13 (42 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG. 



Four teenage girls are immersed in the world of social media influencing and their paths cross. Delilah is new to L.A. and wants to get in on the influencing scene, but at one of her first big events she falls for fellow influencer Scarlet’s beau.  Jasmine feels pigeon-holed in a role that started when she was a child star, and she doesn’t feel like she can be her real self.  Fiona has many anxieties, mostly stemming from an accident that Fiona feels responsible for and it left a girl dead. And the queen bee, Scarlet, seems to have the biggest secret of all but each of the other influencers are afraid Scarlet’s secret is about their secret.  When their whole life is on display for thousands, there tends to be secrets about who these girls really are, and those secrets start to leak out leading to the death of one of the girls.  

I really enjoyed Sara Shepard’s series, The Amateurs, so I was excited to read this book.  I liked the way that the possible suspects were set up and the storyline had a few twists that were fun and unexpected.  The characters weren’t relatable, and it has a superficial feel throughout. If the world of influencers is interesting to your readers, then they will fall into this story, otherwise it was a quick, shallow mystery.  The content includes underage drinking, teen pregnancy and an undescriptive murder. 

Reviewer, C. Peterson

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