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.
osh Grayson’s SIA, is a promising YA contemporary debut.His writing was clear, easy to understand and smooth.
Many books with the Amnesia theme have been published over the years, but this one will have you reflecting on your current and past actions.
The overall plot of this book, is simple – a girl gets amnesia, meets boy, and then they fall in love. The bottom line - It is a story about a mean girl wanting to be a better person.
I had an issue with the way she adjust back to her old life - Why it didn’t occur to her to try and find out who she was and where she had come from I don’t know, why , when a boy at the soup kitchen then recognized her, didn’t he know that she had been missing for a week? Why every issue from her mother's alcohol problem to her parents' failing marriage got solved in just the blink of an eye? It felt like the author avoided any conflict. Problems and issues were effortlessly solved with Sia and her family easily moving on with their lives.
I liked Carol, a lady that Sia meets, is a fantastic character. She takes Sia under her wing and helps her navigate during the week she is living on the streets.
The next character that I find easy to like is - Kyle a cute boy who smells like bread and cinnamon. He is a typical no-one kind of teenager, something like a sexy geek. He was smart, grumpy and with a heart as big as the sky. I like how he was involved with helping other people.
Something that made me chuckle - when Sia returns to school wearing the simplest outfit in her closet with sneakers and without makeup or jewellery her cheerleader friends have a panic attack and get to work in making her more 'presentable.' and Sia reaction to this -
"I'm happier now," I say. "I don't have to pretend all the time."
"Pretend? What are you talking about?"
"I'm talking about always having to have the right clothes, the right make-up, the right walk, the right boyfriend- everything. It's exhausting, putting up that façade. Life's much easier now that I'm not a full-time beauty queen."
Defiantly, the most important part is - Sia getting a second chance at life. Due to her amnesia, she starts over as a much more loving and giving individual. Overall, I recommend Sia if you want a light read. I think this is a great YA book that many teen girls will enjoy (sexual content mot exist even though there is a strong attraction between Sia and Kyle).