Ever since I read Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer a few years back, I have been meaning to read another one of her books. I never got around to reading another one until now when #scandal came out. I loved the story line and I have read several other books that have a similar concept and usually enjoyed them. While #scandal was good, Twenty Boy Summer still is my favorite Sarah Ockler novel.
#scandal by Sarah Ockler
How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental
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…
(Summary from Goodreads)
I have read countless amount of YA books dealing with scandals such as the one that happens in this book. While it’s usually two best friends and then one friend kisses the other’s boyfriend, the outcome and ending it always different, #scandal included. The back story of the characters was a bit like all the other ones I have read though. Two best friends befriend a boy, girl A has a crush on the boy but says nothing and so girl B who also has a crush on the boy begins to date him. #scandal dealt with issues that a lot of high schoolers face daily, cyber bullying and bullying in general. While the real “scandal” of kissing her best friend’s boyfriend is what starts all the bullying, a majority of the book deals with how Lucy deals with the constant bulling and name calling in school, and goes home to “hate pages” created about her on social networking sites. Lucy doesn’t deal with the issue as well as she could have. Understandably she was more interested in finding out who took and posted the pictures so she could get her friend back, rather than taking the issue to the principal who does try to get involved and gives her several chances to tell her what is going on. I think the culprit was pretty obvious from the beginning. I may have just had a lucky guess, but who knows.
As for the characters, I had mixed emotions about them. I didn’t exactly love any of them and I didn’t exactly hate any of them. I had thought Lucy was going to be this super gamer girl who is all about zombies. She only mentions them a couple times here and there even though it seems like that was all she did before prom night. She also never talks about how she feels. I know that opening yourself up like that is difficult to a lot of people, but she kept everything in and didn’t ever try to defend herself once to the bullies. I also thought Ellie would be present more in the novel considering she’s Lucy’s best friend and Cole’s girlfriend, but she only is in a few chapters throughout the book. She would also stick up for Lucy and then just walk away and never once came to Lucy to ask what really happened. Doesn’t sound like she was that great of friend… Cole was probably the character I liked the most in the whole book. He seemed like a sweetheart and was genuinely sorry about what had happened. There were some other characters in the book, some were obnoxious and other’s were just okay. Like I said, I didn’t really love any of the characters. None of them did anything special and even though some were main characters, they just kind of seemed to be there.
I think it would have been nice to have included a final chapter labeled, “Three Months Later”, so we could see what happens between Lucy and Ellie, and Lucy and Cole. I kind of want to know if Lucy and Ellie still went to UCLA and roomed together or if they decided to go their separate ways on campus. Overall, I did enjoy #scandal. It was a contemporary romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in (because you don’t know who took and posted the prom night pictures until one of the last chapters).