Book Review: Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen

Posted May 1, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Life Unaware by Cole GibsenLife Unaware by Cole Gibsen
Published by Entangled Publishing, Entangled Publishing, LLC, Entangled Teen on April, 28, 2015
Genres: Adolescence, City & Town Life, Coming of Age, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Entangled Publishing
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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...
Especially Regan Flay.

I think “Life Unaware” by Cole Gibsen ultimately has a good message about the effects of bullying and social media. It could have been a really good novel but I feel as if it just did not reach its potential at all. There was a lot of unnecessary swearing. Actually that is more of an understatement, there is  an extreme amount of unnecessary swearing. People seem to think that teenagers swear up a storm but really they don’t so I feel like this just portrays teenagers in a negative light. I think this book could have been so much better without all of the cuss words especially the f word. Teenagers may cuss but there is a difference between teenagers cussing and the fact of throwing the f word around like it is the most popular thing in the world.

I would love to give this book to teenagers to read because it can show how having a positive influence in your life can help change who you are or even grow to be a better person but instead I don’t feel like I can truly recommend this book to anyone because there is so much cussing in it. I truly feel it is inappropriate for teenagers. Bullies choose to be bullies for a reason it could be because they are insecure, they don’t feel loved, there is trouble at home, for whatever reason those bullies need someone in their life too. I wish that is what this story focused on more. I also wish it focused more on the fact that the main character was going to grow by the end of the story because I really don’t feel that she grew up that much.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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