Saturday, September 15, 2018

Week 37 Review: This Is How it Happened

From Goodreads:
Somehow I've become a liar. A coward. Here's how it happened. 

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can't remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father's house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can't run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes's story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.

My Review:
Reading this book was so great, but a little hard, because it is an issue book. Though it doesn't beat you over the head with the message, I feel. There was the accident, and dealing with the fall out. As well as cyber bullying, which was another issue it dealt with.

I felt bad for Genevieve. First that she had been in this accident, that her boyfriend was a YouTube darling, which meant that her story was pretty wide spread. Then there's the dual guilt of having caused the accident as well as all the yuck the internet was spewing onto Brad Freeman.

Watching Genevieve heal while working at Zion was peaceful and relaxing for me, kinda. It sounds really beautiful and calming, which was great to read about, as well as a good place for Genevieve to spend time after the accident.

This book was a excellent read on the issue of impaired driving. Not drunk, but sleepy. It's a good book for teens to read, because there's consequences to their decisions. And some of those consequences can be fatal. I really enjoyed that ending, it was an important message!

Yeah, I enjoyed reading this book so much!

Author: Paula Stokes
Read: September 9th, 2018
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her books and her writing! And it's a SAC 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: July 11th 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

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