In Her Shoes is a bookish meme invented by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then tell what you thought of her, what you would do in her stead, or what you've learned from her.
When Sia opens her eyes in the first line of the book, her memory is completely wiped clean, she doesn't even remember her own name. She is homeless for a week, all the while Carol, a middle-aged homeless woman, takes her under her wing. When Sia is hit by a car and hospitalized, she is re-united with her family, friends, and hot boyfriend, yet she doesn't recognize any of them. And although she's trying to remember, being pressured even, while also struggeling to take in all the new surroundings and getting comfortable in her own skin, she realizes that she doesn't want this life anymore, because it's a far shot from the perfect it appears to be on the outside.
Sia used to be cruel, snobbish, only relying on the outside appearance. She was spoiled, and as a thank you she didn't even care about her parents' problems. She may have been the queen of the school, but the new Sia doesn't like the price she has to pay to get her crown back. So instead of going back to cheerleading, she joins the geeks and supports the fundraiser for recent earth quake victims who are now homeless. Since she's been through the experience, even if not for long, she wants to do everything she can to help. With her starry influence and name, she may be shunned by her old friends and not yet accepted by the new ones, but she still knows how to use it to raise a lot of money from similar deep pockets.
In the process of letting go of her old self and embracing the new, Sia learns a lot about herself and her former self, about how wrong cliques and high school dynamics are. She reaches out, even to those who try and push her away, and manages to change not only her little world. Moreover, even as her memories return, she clings to her new found self and self-confidence. With everything she has, she wants to move forward, and repair damages where she can.
Sia was an incredible personality with an unusual, touching story, and it's hard to even imagine being in her shoes. Thus, I think she did really well, how she stood up for herself although everything and everyone was pushing her to break.
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