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…
#Scandal was a huge disappointment. I read The Book of Broken Hearts last year and fell in love and when I found out that Ockler had a new book coming out, I was so excited and had such high expectations but my expectations weren’t met.
We are dealing with cyberbullying which is such an important issue in today’s world yet I felt so detached from the whole incident. From everything that happened in this book really. I cringed but when you’re reading about a character who is being bullied, you expect to feel a whole lot more and that didn’t happen. Sometimes I felt like the main character herself was detached from the situation because I couldn’t feel her pain or embarrassment. She talked about how she had it coming and yada yada yada but I never felt like she was truly hurt by the incident.
The main character, Lucy, was okay. She seemed like a bit of a cliché at first with her gorgeous best friend and she being the ‘awkward’ friend who stood out because she was interested in something most girls are (apparently) not, zombie games. I was worried about how well that would bode for her character but in all honesty, I never really felt that part of her personality come to life. She wore the t-shirts, made the references, played the games but it didn’t feel real to me. I DID like how she actually tried to tell her best friend the truth. She believed that her best friend deserved it even after her she had been ignoring her and refusing to listen to her explanations. What I didn’t love was how towards the ending she seemed to become a pushover (imo). I felt like instead of standing up for herself, she did what she though other people would approve of and it just didn’t sit well with me. After being bullied like that, she deserved to stand up for herself!
The secondary characters were not that well developed. There were a handful and out of that handful there were a couple who had a lot of potential but it didn’t work out well.
For starters, I don’t completely understand Ellie. I don’t understand why she had to lie to her best friend about her breakup and then ask her to be her ex’s prom date. I understand her anger at what happened. You really shouldn’t be making out with your best friends ex, especially after they recently broke up but I felt like Ellie felt like they had ‘cheated’ on her when they had not. With that said, I’d say she was the most likeable character in the book. Her best friend and her were not getting along, people were being asses but even with their differences she actually stood up for Lucy in spite of everything that had happened.
Her sister again had a lot of potential but I lost all respect for her once the mystery involving her unraveled (well one of them, there are two, one is more subtle). If she actually had any sisterly feelings for her sister she would have expressed some guilt and well taking her on shopping trips and buying her stuff will NOT CUT IT FOR ME! I need some expression of genuine remorse. When they met for the first time after a year, she brushed it off and while I disliked her for it at that point, you cannot imagine how disappointed I was when I learned what had actually happened.
The (e)VIL group was also an interesting addition. I was so glad to see the rolled they played and how they affected the main character. It was really nice to see how the author changed the main character perception of them over time making her realize it isn’t fair to be judgemental.
Franklin was cute. He was also not the love interest and that’s where the problem arises.
I do not care for the actual love interest. He was barely there in the book and he becomes a self-righteous snob near the end of the book. I also didn’t approve of how he thought it was okay to be in love with his girlfriend’s best friend and still continue to date her. If you know you like someone else. BREAK THE HELL UP. You are not married and even if you were, this is the 21st century. There is no need to lead someone on!
You can imagine how much harder that made it for me to enjoy the romance. The romance was barely there and their ILYs seemingly came out of nowhere. I mean they have been friends and ‘in love’ with each other for the past couple years but what about getting to know each other? I kind of expected Cole and her to spend some time trying to work things through after what happened and while that happened, there weren’t nearly enough scenes showing that happening in the book.
The plot could have been a little tied down too. I felt like there were too many mysteries to follow. It wasn’t that they were hard to follow but they were all resolved near the same time and I just felt like the excess of mysteries took away from the main one. Who posted the pictures? It was KIND of obvious who had but at the same time I felt like there were no real clues to suggest that. The reasoning seemed a little over the top to me.
I was also a tad bit disappointed by how cyber-bullying was handled in this book. I was so excited about this book and was so excited to see how the author would actually deal with the issue, but like I mentioned earlier, I felt detached and the main characters actions kind of made it harder for me to admire that aspect of the story. Her constant self-blame started rubbing on me and not in a good way. She said she had it coming because of her actions but no one deserves to have that happen to them. No matter how wrong what you did was, you don’t deserve to have your private laundry aired out like that. You deserve the right to explain yourself.
With all that said, the book had a handful of enjoyable moments and was a quick read, so while I didn’t enjoy it a whole lot, I am sure there are people who will.
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