Author: Sarah Ockler
Publication Date: June 17th 2014
Rating: 5 stars
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…
The writing style is witty and hilarious – personality is infused in every word of this story! I had a real adventure flipping through the pages of this book. There is plenty of suspense and plot twists but I just became more emotionally invested as I read. The story also has its fair share of mystery over who actually hacked Lucy’s facebook page and I was dying to know who was “Miss Demeanor.” Despite the moment of confession, where he/she comes out about who they are – I still loved her and her columns (but maybe that’s because I wasn’t publicly shamed on her Scandal of the Month page). And then there’s the ending….My mouth literally fell open when I read the last round of plot twists that the author casually dishes out with some well-phrased sentences. All the scandal, secrets, lies and backstabbing culminated in something pretty impressive.
From Lucy’s sister to the possible suspects, every character was pretty well-developed with fascinating backgrounds. The “mean girls” in this book are also pretty realistic because they were clearly flawed. Lucy Vacarro (main character) is pretty strong too because despite the hate she holds her head high. Her friends, however, were a source of a disappointment because I felt like they didn’t support her enough. Then there’s Miss Demeanor… who is my favorite character because of her quirky well-written facebook posts. Lucy’s classmates at (e)VIL are a close-favorite for their hilarious attempts to stick up for her. They are officially my favorite conspiracy theorists.
Do I recommend this book? Yes! A “must-read” that tells it like it is. No sugar-coating here folks.