26 November 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sia by Josh Grayson

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by Josh Grayson.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult.
Publication: November 20th 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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Sia starts off with her waking up on a park bench with a pink skimpy workout outfit on and only an ipod on her. She quickly realizes that she has no idea where she is or who she is. She starts to wander around looking for anything. Then she realizes she is hungry. When she smells the food coming to her, a man well dressed offers to buy her food. She hesitates for only a moment. There is no place to sit and the man states that they could sit in his car and eat. RED FLAGS! She agrees based on him being well dressed polite and kind. Things quickly change and he locks her in the car trying to drive away with her in it. She gets slapped when she tries to get out. Thank goodness she instinctively knew how to maim and she got out of a running car. She learns her lesson but she is still bewildered at who she is and what she should do. She doesn’t want to go to the police until she gets some idea of who she might be. STUPID GIRL.

Then she runs into a homeless woman, named Carol, who takes her under her wing and helps her survive the streets. She learns a lot about compassion and kindness and learns not to judge. They are together for a week. Then one morning at soup kitchen while Carol is momentarily away from her, she runs into a boy who yells at her to get out and that she has some nerve coming here. She has no clue what he is talking about. She leaves quickly and is so upset over it a car hits her when she is not paying attention. She wakes up in a hospital. They know who she is and her parents are there. But of course she has no idea who they are. The doctor tells them that she has fugue amnesia. Who knows when her memories will come back but to do her regular routines and hopefully something will trigger it back. Also, she learns that this is a rare amnesia that is usually caused by stress.

Sia comes to find out that she is very well off and lives in a rich neighborhood. She has a room covered in pink. Sia thanks everyone for anything that she gets, like the driver and the housekeeper, who just grins at the comment. Sia’s friends show up and she finds out she is the captain of the cheerleaders and her boyfriend is the quarterback at school. All that doesn’t sit well with her.

She goes to school and runs into the boy who threw her out of the kitchen. She is intrigued by him. But he kind of ignores her. She soon finds out why. Her so called friends are rude and mean. Sia isn’t like that now and she could only handle so much with them. She also finds out that things are peachy keen at home either. Her parents marriage is on the rocks; her dad’s company is almost bankrupt.

Not knowing what to do, she sneaks out and finds Carol who will listen to her and help her through this.

Then when an earthquake hits. Kyle starts a fundraiser to help the victims. Sia joins them and all hell breaks loose with her friends because Sia isn’t suppose to be like that she is supposed to be like them mean and selfish. And Kyle’s friends don’t want anything to do with her either but they give her a chance. That’s more than her so called friends do. They snub her. Sia breaks up with the quarterback too.

Now Sia is feeling alone and confused. Kyle only talks to her when he has too and yet he watches her. She gets mixed messages from him and she is starting to like him.

Sia’s only real friends are Carol and the housekeeper. Sia decides she wants to stay the way she is and is worried that when her memories come back will she want to be mean, rude and selfish or will she want to be the way she is now, kind, caring and compassionate.

Kyle is afraid that Sia will become mean again and although he has feelings for her, he keeps his distance.

When will Sia get her memories back and what will she become?

I like the premise of the story. That anyone can change. And that people can forgive. There is more than just Sia who changes in this book. Sia radiates her goodness.

If you like forgiveness, learning to be better, overcoming dependence, helping others, charities, service to others, friendships, and family than you will like this book.

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Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.

Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).

Sia is his debut YA novel.

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