Book Review : Sia by Josh Grayson

November 20, 2013 Book review 12 ★★½

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.

Book Review : Sia by Josh GraysonSia by Josh Grayson
Published by self published on 20 Nov 2013
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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

My Recap:

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.


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12 Responses to “Book Review : Sia by Josh Grayson”

    • trish

      I know, the predictability was so disappointing. I liked the way you compared it to a Disney movie, that is exactly what it feels like but that is not what I want from my books.

  1. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    Ugh. Barf. Wow…I heard this was bad but, wow. Seriously her first thought was how hot she was? Ummm lol. Wth?
    I hate hate rapid turnaround “Miracles” in books. It seems to be happening lot lately. At least for me, I have been reading some majorly crummy books lately! 😐
    Sucked this wasn’t for you, hopefully your next book is better!
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday #5

    • trish

      I know, that reaction annoyed me so much. But what was worse was the instant transformation to a nicer person which cured all the bad things in her family. Sigh!

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    The idea of losing my memory freaks me out, and I am sad this didn’t feel realistic. Could you imagine forgetting all the wonderful books and characters you have read over the gives me nightmares just thinking about it. What if I forgot I loved coffee? LOL Of course the memories of my kids growing up and those first moments..oh nope not gonna think about it!
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Gifts of Honor by Stacy Gail & Rebecca Crowley

    • trish

      The idea of losing my memory is horrific and so scary. It happened my a relative of mine and from what I heard it was awful. She had to learn her kids names again by practising with photos and that just makes me want to cry for her. So when I see the experience over simplified in a book, it makes me mad.

    • trish

      I look forward to your thoughts Chrissi. On the plus side it was a quick, easy read. Danielle compared it to a Disney movie and I think that is a really good way of describing it.

  3. trish

    I thought the synopsis was great too and I hate hating on books but it happens. I think the bits that frustrated me would annoy you just as much.

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