Sia – Josh Grayson

Sia-cover200x299Josh Grayson’s Sia is a nice story, an unpretentious fantasy that is part Clueless and part Mean Girls. A teenaged girl awakens on a park bench dressed in running gear with an iPod playlist as her only clue to her identity. Fearful and disoriented she is almost immediately accosted by sexual predator and narrowly escapes forced prostitution by leaping from a moving car. A kind homeless woman comes upon Sia cold and shivering that evening and shows her how to survive on the streets. When a volunteer recognizes her she is abruptly thrust back into a life she doesn’t remember surrounded by shallow cruel people.

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.

Pollyanna (1960 film)
Pollyanna (1960 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will admit at times Sia’s “Pollyanna” type naivety seemed discordant with the behavior of your typical contemporary teenager. However, would someone whose core values were decent, stripped of all prejudicial influences, not be drastically changed by the experience of living on the streets? I scoffed at Sia’s immediate rejection of seeking assistance from the police upon awakening but in interest of moving the plot forward I was willing to suspend disbelief somewhat and chalk it up to disorientation. Ultimately, even if Sia’s actions were idealized and the situations that she faced somewhat conveniently resolved. The reader should take into account the author’s objective, which was to write an uplifting “feel good” story with a positive message, in my opinion he has succeeded admirably.

AUTHOR: Josh Grayson

RATING: 3 Stars

GENRE: Romance/YA

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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