Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 17th 2014)
Hardcover: 418 pages
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Rating: 4 of 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…
I didn’t have any intentions of reading this book, but the title intrigued me to pick it up (I mean there’s a hashtag in front of the word). I’ve read a couple of Sarah Ockler’s other works and while I did enjoy them I am not a fan of slow beginnings. #Scandal started off slow, but not too slow because the slowness builds up your emotions, which I liked. You know what’s going to happen (because the blurb says what’s going happen), yet the build up leaves you wanting to learn what happens next. But, these characters…I disliked Ellie – Lucy’s (supposed) best friend. While they’re supposed to be the BFFs that tell each other everything, Ellie just let the scandal between Lucy and Cole happen, even though it’s not Lucy’s fault. In no way the scandal is Lucy’s fault. However, that doesn’t mean that everything happened was because of Ellie or their friend Griffin. But, I did like Ellie standing up for Lucy even if their relationship was torn. By the end of the book, there is still some hope for their friendship that can be repaired. Despite the seriousness of the book, I enjoyed the light humor. The book had me cracking up once in a while because sometimes it was just random – kind of like a break the tension moment.
Throughout the scandal, Lucy gains the friendship of some unlikely people she would never thought to have been with in the first person. And there are Cole and Lucy moments, which I love. But, dude, Cole wasted 3 years with Ellie and all of a sudden the scandal gives him the opportunity to be with Lucy. If Cole really liked Lucy he should’ve broken up with Ellie a lot sooner. The absentee parents in YA novels was so obvious, but that’s because Jayla (aka Angelica Darling aka Lucy’s older sister) is trying to mend her and Lucy’s relationship after a disastrous hangout that happened. I loved that Jayla tried really hard to make up for Lucy. Even though they’re fighting, you can still see that they have a good connection with each other.With their parents on a romantic getaway Jayla steps up to be Lucy’s guardian and attends the anti-cyberbullying counseling with her; Jayla is one of the few that believed in Lucy when Lucy finally tells her the truth.
I liked the concept of the book. In today’s society, we can’t avoid social media. What I liked about social media is how fast we can get our news and #Scandal was one of the prime examples of how a “bad” photo can get out of hand quickly.