Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Review: Gray Zone by Veronica R Tabares

The victim of a cyber-prank gone viral, Autumn was forced to transfer schools—not exactly what she wanted to do as a sophomore. But what choice did she have when all her personal information was posted all over the web?

Determined to make the best of her situation, Autumn decides to reinvent herself as the outgoing, popular, not-at-all-shy girl she'd always wanted to be.

But even the best plans go awry and Autumn fails to change the old habits that had given her that shy girl reputation in the first place. So when she learns that her best friend, Sophie Rose, is transferring to her new school she’s relieved, until Sophie starts keeping her distance.

Autumn finds herself adrift without the support of her best friend. But when tragedy shakes her world she stops feeling sad. Now she's angry—and she's determined to put a stop to this cyber-torture and bullying of herself and the people she loves.

Paperback, 282 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Sun Break Publishing

Terri's Thoughts:

I won a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

This story dives in to the topic of bullying which is a socially relevant topic in today's society with all of the media coverage you see regarding the victims of bullying.  As this was written for a YA audience I felt a lot of it was glossed over and barely scratched the surface however was enough to get you thinking on the subject.

The main character of Autumn was kind of annoying at times with her in her mind pep talks and lack of confidence yet I have the feeling that she was written hat way on purpose to outline the thoughts that go through peoples minds.  I also found the part about the stalker almost random as it did not have a whole lot of basis on the actual storyline.

The saving grace of this story and the most powerful part was the diary entries written by Sophie.  They perhaps carried the strongest message regarding the impact of bullying and were by far the best part of the book.  The story was left open at the end and I am not sure if this is for a sequel or if it is because of the topic that it could have been a slippery slope to take the story further.

Overall a pleasing way to pass some time.  This was a very quick read.  I started it with my morning coffee and had it done at the same time I finished my second cup.  Keep in mind that my cups are enormous and I am a sipper however I would say that it took no more than an hour to get through this read.  A solid three star read based on the socially significant topic.

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