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JOSH GRAYSON was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.
Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).
Sia is his debut YA novel.

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Format: eBook
Language: English
Debut: November 20, 2013
@: GoodReads

Snuck from: YaBound
Read: November 13-14, 2013

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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.

Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 92

Sia is a story like no other I have read so far. It touches questions of life and morals and values, without trying to suck you into a deep pit of guilt and other conflicting emotions. That's really saying something, I think. Of couse it makes you question important things you have done -- or not done -- in your life, because that's what books do, and even more so stories like Sia, but the fairytale like clash in it keeps you between the pages. Or on the screen, because this really would make an awesome movie along the lines of The Pursuit of Happiness. Although it wouldn't surprise me if a story like Sia's actually happened to someone in real life, just like many other unfathomable life stories that inspire us, show us the ruthlessness of life and the strength of a heart and faith and kindness that's still somewhere under all the industrial/informational luxury of the first world.

In Sia, stress and burn out rise to a new level, maybe a premonition to where things will finally lead us -- maybe not in our lifetime, but it can't be that far away... The way heroine Sia was forced to take a break from her life is surely not something you wish on someone else, but it sure teaches a seriously needed lesson about life. So, yes, I would wish that on some people, maybe someone would even wish that on me, hoping we'd find back to our roots and our humility. Yes, I know I am spoiled living in a first world country, but I also know there are people doing way worse things than me.

But Sia doesn't only show us the bad things, it way more importantly shows us that no pretense, no matter how well-praticed and solid, is perfect, and that everything will come crumbling down eventually. And that's a good thing. Because then, there is nothing stopping us from doing right by others than ourselves. We come closer together in more ways than rational understanding, more tangible than spirit or faith, but with our hearts and minds and -- really most importantly -- our own two hands. Sia shows us that there are always people doing good, helping, trying to make a difference. We're people, our strength will always remain in numbers, so the more that help a cause, the more likely we can actually make that difference. It's that spirit, and that togetherness that keeps changing -- no, saving -- the world.

Just like a fairytale, Sia is a book that teaches us a lesson about life, about love and kindness, and the strength that's in everyone of us. If this story cannot move you, you should be very careful about bursting that bubble you sit in. Because if it bursts, you're gonna need someone other than yourself to help you up, and good luck with that!

Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 3.5/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 3/5 -- Villains: 3/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Suspense: 2/5 -- Humor: 3/5

Discovered: Very solid 4 Hoods4hoods

Sights: Teaser -- In Her Shoes

Thank you for the approval of an ARC goes to:
YaBound Book Tours and author Josh Grayson

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