Published: 28th April, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: YA Bound Books Tours
Regan Flay has been talking about you.
Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother’s “plan” for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she’s ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school.
Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah.
The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend’s hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan’s going through, but what nobody knows is that Regan isn’t really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she’s barely holding it together under her mom’s pressure. But the consequences of Regan’s fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched…
Content warning: bullying; thoughts of suicide
What I liked: I’ve never read a book from the perspective of a bully, so while I knew in a way what to expect this story did manage to surprise me about how it dealt with it. Regan is the daughter of a politician who has big plans for her daughter, she wants her to be a cheerleader, on the student council, in the Honor Society, and whatever else her mother wants to show that she is Miss Perfect. Under all that pressure from her mother though, Regan has an anxiety disorder that she has to deal with every day and takes anxiety meds to help. I like how this story shows why Regan bullies people, and how she goes about it. It gives a different perspective about how and why bullies exist. I think the biggest strength about this book is how you can end up empathizing with Regan even though you can see what she’s said about everyone in her attempt to be liked by everyone. Regan is a complex character, and her story is one that shows what its like to be the bully and be bullied because of what you did as the bully.
What I didn’t like: The love interest, because when a girl in a book say they don’t like a guy, they always end up with the guy it seems. It was more than a bit predictable to me, so while it was cute at times, I don’t think I was completely on board with it (although I was all over with that question Nolan asked Regan and loved that part). Also, her decision to stop her meds should have been a lot harder than it was, because those were helping her not crack because of her anxiety. Something like that would be hard to let go, especially if you knew those were actually helping you.
Overall Review: This a very complex book because it tackles a problem that is growing in how often its shown through media, and the situations that happen because other people are bullied by people. While Regan is lucky with her ending, most are not and I think that’s really important to remember after finishing this book. Regan is a lucky person, but her ending was fitting for the story and I liked it.
Recommend?: Yes! As long as you’re comfortable with the subject matter then I suggest you give it a try!
My Rating: 3.7/5
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About the Author
Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.
It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.
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