Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Review - #Scandal By Sarah Ockler

Expected Publication: June 17th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse

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 received this book via Edelweiss is exchange for an honest review.

#Scandal tackles difficult issues such as bullying and how social media can be used in a negative way, however it is written in a lighter tone than other books covering such subjects and isn't as serious. #Scandal is full of humour, friendship, love and a ton of pop culture references! Any book that references The Walking Dead, Veronica Mars and Buffy The Vampire Slayer instantly has my praises!

Lucy’s life has been turned upside down after personal photos are posted online. All of a sudden the whole school is against her including her best friend. #Sandal follows the journey of Lucy as she goes detective with the help of new friends to try and find out who posted the pictures online and to try and win her friendship back.
Lucy is a great main character, sarcastic, funny and a zombie killer! A unique character that I instantly loved and was rooting for. 

Cole is the loveliest character and the relationship between Lucy and Cole was sweet and realistic. I wanted more Cole in the book, I felt he wasn't in the book too much and I would have loved to have seen more of his and Lucy’s relationship as it developed. 

With a mystery to solve, some wild and unique characters and a blossoming romance, #Scandal has a lot to offer. It’s not your typical romance story and is more focused on the friendships and mystery to find out who leaked the photos, which was refreshing. #Scandal has a serious message overall, be careful what you post online, social media can be dangerous and bullying is never okay.

I enjoyed the pop culture references; it made the book feel realistic, mentioning things that are popular made the characters feel like they could be real teenagers. However I don’t know how well the book would move forward with the times as references would become irrelevant and different age groups might not be able to relate.

Overall I really enjoyed #Scandal and was not disappointed. Great characters, great plot and great fun!

Rating: 4/5


  1. I am loving those references! For some reason I can't get over the fact that there is a hashtag in this book's title, even if it does fit what it is about.

    1. They are fab! I can't either, hashtags are taking over the world!

  2. I am really getting into contemporary YA with a mystery theme - I am going to have to pick this one up!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Me too, i seem to be drawn to it at the moment! I hope you enjoy it :)

  3. I am really looking forward to this now, I think it's going to be the next book I read! It sounds like a read I can fall in love with. Thanks for the great review :)

    1. I am so glad! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did and it doesn't disappoint! Thanks for stopping by and reading :)