Sia is a young adult book about memory loss and reinventing yourself. Unfortunately I have to admit that this book won’t linger long in my memory.Sia by Josh Grayson
Published by self published on 20 Nov 2013
When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie.
Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle
Sia wakes up on a park bench, disorientated and confused. Not knowing where she is or even who she is. After a week struggling to survive as a homeless person, she is reunited with her parents but then finds her old life is not one that the new Sia is happy to live.
My Thoughts :
My initial thought is that Sia as a character is shallow and silly. She doesn’t know who she is but one of her first thoughts was this one:
“Curious, I smile at the water and am pleased to see an attractive girl. I have large blue eyes and perfect teeth.”
I just can’t imagine this. My first thoughts would be to freak out and not to see am I good looking or not! Also after my freak-out, my next move would be to a hospital or a police station and not to just resign myself to a life on the streets. Her reasoning is that she might have done something illegal and might be wanted but I think I’d take that chance!
My biggest problem with this book is that Sia has a dramatic turnaround and it just feels too much, too fast. The previous mean girl is now a genuine girl who values the more meaningful things in life. I do get that living homeless would change you but it’s hard to believe the total reversal in character.
And even if I bought that what I really can’t buy is that Sia’s rapid turnaround also helps all those around her in trouble. Just by Sia living her life with more purpose, it is suddenly a instant fix for many of those around her. Her mother who is battling a huge issue is more or less fixed by a few words from the new Sia plus some therapy. If only all problems in real life were so easily fixed but sadly they are not. In real life, it is the lack of control you have other people’s problems that can be so frustrating. If we had seen some curveballs from friends/family which in turn would throw Sia in her resolve to live a better life then I might have believed in her more.
I also feel there is a lack of development in the other characters. For example a guy at school who was considered a geek and unpopular gets a chance to attend the Oscars and suddenly famous stars are falling over him. It all just takes too much of a leap of imagination for this reader.
I didn’t hate the book, it was easy to read and I wanted to know what happened next. Overall though the issues above just prevented me for throwing myself fully into the story.
Who should read Sia?
If you like YA books that centre on a memory loss story and a feel-good vibe then you might enjoy this more than I did. Don’t expect a realistic or thought-provoking storyline though as you won’t get that here in my opinion.
Thanks to NetGalley and Josh Grayson for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review.