Wednesday, 22 May 2013

You Don't Know Me - Sophia Bennett; Review.

Book Details:
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (2 May 2013)
ISBN-10: 1908435461
ISBN-13: 978-1908435460

Sasha, Jodie, Nell and Rose never expected to be famous. They didn’t want to be. In fact, they wanted to keep their band a secret because it’s what they do when they’re being stupid together – dressing up and singing cheesy songs.

But someone has stolen a video they made. It’s online, and it’s been entered into a talent competition. And what’s more … it’s got 24 votes. In only a few hours it’s got 24 votes.
The girls are about to be faced with a big decision that could make them seriously famous.

Just not necessarily the way they hoped …

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Thank you once again to the awesome Chicken House for this book.
Can I just say the cover to this is divine? I’m a total sucker for the blue edged pages, and the soft lighting on the cover, it all seems so soft. Soft is the only word I can think of.

On with the book review I go! So yes, I previously read and loved one of Sophia Bennett’s book, called “The Look”. And I can definitely draw comparisons between that and You Don’t Know Me – because aside from Bennett’s strong writing style and character portrayal, we see her figures dealing with issues, about themselves, who they are, and how to come to terms with pressure; whether that be from family, friends or the media.

The strong centre point to this book, which I whole heartedly liked reading about, was the impact of the non-escapable social media – and how it’s taking over our lives, and even affect friendships. It’s a touching story, where we can see, mainly from Sasha’s point of view, the whiplash of her effects, and how there’s two sides to every story. We are made to travel with Sasha in her perspective, see how she deals with the brunt of criticism that people send her way and feel the pain – it’s a clever way to get the story moving, as well as showing us that not all is what it seems.

The bonds of friendship between the character was another strong selling point for me; it’s weirdly nice seeing friends battle it out to regain each other’s trust and make it work, no matter what obstacles come their way. From something seemingly innocent as uploading a cheesy video, to the onslaught of media attention – in the end we see them all turn to have each other’s backs. I thoroughly approve.

Not to mistake this for a heavy book, at all, for sprinkled in between were a blend of death threats (always cheerful) as well as random moments of laughter, just general friendship between girls. It was real. This had me smiling, and anxious in ways you don’t expect.
I’m sold on all of Bennett’s books, and can’t wait to see what’s in the works next.

1 comment:

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