How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna’s Little Library

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Twenty Boy Summer


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…


This book is proving incredibly hard to rate and review, because whilst I did enjoy it, I also found it was lacking something, which stopped it being a 4 star read. #scandal did have elements that I did enjoy though!

I was expecting to really enjoy #scandal as I adored Twenty Boy Summer by the same author. I really liked the synopsis for #scandal, and I thought that it sounded like a good plot. I think after reading and enjoying The Truth About Alice which is also about slut-shaming, I had high expectations for this book. I know it’s not fair to compare that book to #scandal as each book you read is different in its own right, but to me, I couldn’t help but compare it.  I think it’s because I read them fairly close together. Maybe I would’ve felt differently if there was more space between the reads.

I liked that #scandal did tackle serious issues. I don’t think the issues were dealt with as well as they could have been. The characters in this book are around sixteen so whilst I wouldn’t expect them to deal with the issues in the way that an adult would, I expected more maturity from them.  The way they behaved actually made me believe in the characters less and not really feel much empathy for them. I felt like #scandal didn’t tackle the bullying/slut-shaming issue and actually concentrated on the main character, Lucy, trying to find out who set her up. #scandal would’ve been a much more powerful book if it took more of a stand on the horrendous bullying. I found it incredibly hard to believe that the school would not have stepped in sooner. We also have a case of missing parents. What is it with missing parents in YA!?

Lucy’s sister is an interesting character, but not nearly explored enough. She is famous, but not many people know that she’s related to Lucy. How does that even work? Surely the people in the same town would know that they were related. Hmmm…

The romance is okay in this story.  I didn’t believe in it much, because no matter how many times Lucy said she was in love with Cole, she never seemed to show it.

I don’t mean to sound overly negative, because I did enjoy reading #scandal and I read it at a good pace. I just thought it was going to be something much more than it actually was.

Would I recommend it?:

#scandal didn’t blow me away, or make me want to re-read it. It’s worth taking a look if you’re a fan of contemporary reads, but don’t expect too much from it!


2 thoughts on “#scandal

  1. I wanted to like this book a lot too, but it also didn’t fully work for me, either. I agree that there were some plot holes and weird coincidences and things I wish had been explored more. I’ve read three of Sarah Ockler’s other books (Twenty Boy Summer, The Book of Broken Hearts, and Bittersweet) and enjoyed all of them, but this one lacked the depth of her other books. Great review

    • Thanks! I’m glad that you feel the same way Maggie. It’s a shame when a book has something missing. I do have Bittersweet and The Book Of Broken Hearts to read so I’m glad to read that you enjoyed them. 🙂

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