Monday, 27 April 2015
Review: Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen
After finishing Life Unaware I am still unsure about what I think about it, but also how to get this review written down. Life Unaware focuses a lot on bullying in school, and one day Regan Flay, who is at the top of the popular ladder, soon finds herself right back down to the bottom. All the hurtful, nasty things she has said about others, about her friends, is all thrown back in her face when her messages with friends are printed out and spread throughout her school. Regan soon finds out what it's like to be the subject of everyone's name calling, abuse, lies, and stares. To have everyone looking at her for the wrong reasons, for being a social pariah
Life Unaware is a good story to show how bullying hurts others, how badly it can scar them, and how far people are willing to go to escape the torture, but I also found it hard to read. For me Life Unaware initially felt childish, I felt like the characters we all concerned about themselves, they were pretentious, and spoilt, and it wasn't until the story got going I could sort of see how these personality traits were essential to make the story work.
Once the story picked up I did find myself interested in seeing how this would all play out and how it would end. Regan did eventually prove herself to me, how she goes about this I wont say, but what she does really opened my eyes to her life, and why she acts the way she does. The path she takes isn't easy, and it's not without it's stumbling blocks, but seeing her perseverance at making sure the truth comes out, was something that made the struggle to read this book worth while. The ending of Life Unaware was a thoughtful, if not strange end, and I really liked how things came around in a full circle but in a positive way.
Life Unaware was an interesting read, although it was slow to start for me, I did eventually like reading the book.