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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  4,516 ratings  ·  546 reviews
Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Simon Pulse
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Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You guys, I had so much fun writing this book and I can't wait to share it with you! :-) ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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I thought this was going to be an awesome book for me. A gamer girl, social media, hackers, scandals, a little Nancy Drew, and a romance! OHMYGOD those are all Ashley things and you might as well put a ribbon on this book and send it to me because it sounds PERFECT!

Well in reality, #scandal wasn't perfect. I'd say it really fell flat for me and I'm TOTALLY bummed out. :(

Here are all the reasons why #scandal didn't work for me:

The romance

There were two mas
shady boots
I knew eventually book titles were gonna have hashtags on them too. :3 We live in a Twitter world, people. #getusedtoit
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

#Scandal was a huge disappointment. I read The Book of Broken Hearts last year and fell in love and when I found out that Ockler had a new book coming out, I was so excited and had such high expectations but my expectations weren’t met.

We are dealing with cyberbullying which is such an important issue in today's world yet I felt so detached from the whole incident. From everything that happened in this book really. I cringed but when you’re
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
This is a weird one to rate so I am giving it a 3.5

It's weird for me to rate because some elements of this book I really really enjoyed specifically the topic of slutshaming and social media. However, there were other elements of this book that were slightly lacking and reeeeaaaaalllllyyy illogical. What comes to mind first is I thought the relationships between characters were either undeveloped( romantic relationship) or hyper developed (meaning they became besties WAYYYYY too fast) Overall I
Frankly speaking, I'd encourage readers to skip #scandal entirely. Seriously. If you haven't read Ockler before, I'd dissuade you from beginning with this novel and if, like me, you're a fan, you're simply better off re-reading one of her previous titles.

#scandal dealt with one too many issues for it to handle with aplomb. When Lucy's best friend, Ellie, is down with the flu and unable to attend prom with her dashingly handsome boyfriend, she forces Lucy to be Cole's date instead. Only, Lucy ha
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I have to admit to a certain amount of fascination with stories revolving around high school drama. I was on the fringe of my high school social scene & didn't really get mixed up in any of the "he said, she said..." nonsense, so whenever I read books like these I feel like a scientist discovering a fancy new phenomenon. "What is this?" I ask myself. "What does this mean?"

#SCANDAL is a bizarre YA contemporary that revolves around many di
Sep 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
When I saw this book I thought it would be a bit more interesting and an easy contemporary for me to enjoy. I picked it up finally as an attempt to get me out of my book hangover over Queen of Shadows...But within the first couple pages I was already not a fan of the writing or the characters. I couldn't connect with them at all. The writing felt all over the place and seemed like it was just trying way too hard bringing in pop culture references. It was too much for me and I can't do it. Also, ...more
Mar 13, 2013 added it
You know that episode of Friday Night Lights, "It's Different for Girls"? This book is as painfully real as that episode, except with the added horror of Facebook. Highly recommend if you like intelligent, insightful YA books like Siobhan Vivian's The List or The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. ...more
Books are TARDIS

This was an interesting and gripping contemporary book I read between my fantasy and paranormal reading binges. I read the entire book in one sitting and I found the story to be a compelling and easy read.

The way I see it: Is #scandal the leading book on the topic of bullying? Probably not. But is #scandal a light, fun and well written book that does highlight the "It's Different for Girls" (when it comes to how society blames and calls women/girls names but not men/boys) issue? Definitely Yes.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story focused more on the theme rather than the romance which in addition to the typing style gave it an authentic twist. Not every book has to be all lovey-dovey, to prove on being a romance novel. As said the romance was more realistic. I liked most of the characters ... not! Griffin and Ellie were terrible friends, Marceau was an unessecary characters and this anti-electronics organization was kind of weird. Only Franklin, Cole and Lucy were well thought-through personalities which kind o ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One-sitting read. I think Cole is my new Literary Boyfriend.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mixed-feelings, 2014
For a girl whose first reading love is contemporary YA, Sarah Ockler is one of my fave authors for consistently delivering my kind of swoony and compelling reads.

Straight out I'll admit, if this blurb had not been accompanied by Ockler's name I would have passed #scandal by. I have limited interest in online scandals, social networking dramas, cyber bulling, etc even while knowing it's an important issue that should be represented in fiction for this generation. But I do have major interest in
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
For a full and edited review (With Gifs!) Go to: Blame it on the Book

This book was (obviously) full of Scandals and gossip scenes, in a very Sarah Ockler fashion, there is comedy while at the same time having a sense of dread. For anyone whose read Sarah Ockler’s writing you know to prepare with a few tissues. There’s normally death and grief and I big breakdown moment but in this one, im glad to say that it’s not an issue. There’s a lot of comedy relief and even though there is sadness it’s
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
My preference still goes out to The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, but #scandal is another amazing Sarah Ockler book. Relatable characters, great relationships, questions of friendship, truth/lies, the power and the dangers of social media, cyber bulling...and Cole. Definitely a great book boyfriend, I loved him.
Full review coming soon on Drizzle & Hurricane Books :)
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, drc
I'm afraid this won't age well with the way technology and pop culture constantly evolves, but for now, this is a perfect slice of life in so many ways. Full review to come ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

#scandal by Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to ste
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour
Originally posted at:

I’ve always wanted to read one of Sarah Ockler’s books– all of them sound so enticing! Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah... and then came this amazing opportunity to be a part of the #scandal blog tour, and so of course, I was signing up faster then you could say “hashtag”. You guys... this book was amazing. I fell in love with the writing style, the characters, the storyline, EVERYTHING. I didn’t care that it was 400+ pages long. If
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
What happens when you live your life in your starlet sister's shadow? When you've secretly been in love with your best friend's boyfriend for four years? And when the aforementioned secret love kisses you on prom night?

I'll tell you what happens --- you get drama. Petty, insignificant high school drama. Lucy Vacarro is branded as a slut and boyfriend snatcher when Cole, her bff's boyfriend, kisses her at the prom after party even though Cole was technically single by then. Okay, sure two minute
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was ok

In today's world everyone has an online account. We are constantly retweeting, favorite, posting, and tagging. On the night of prom it's still the same. Pictures are posted, selfies are taken, and memories are uploaded. Lucy Vacarro's best friend, Ellie is sick so Lucy goes to prom with Ellie's boyfriend. He's name is Cole Foster and it just happens to be that Lucy has had a major crush on this guy for four years. They have a good time, dance, and go to a party afterwards. They kiss and the next
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
When I first started this book, the whole Lucy scandal thing made me really stressed for her and I had to put it down for a bit because I was stressing for her predicament too much. But other than that, I really didn't care for the characters and some parts were very cliché. The dialogue was unnecessary at most parts as well. I feel that this book would make a good MOVIE that would be shown on abc family or something. But this just wasn't for me. ...more
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I finished #scandal in one sitting down. It was a great for the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed it but the last 25% ruined it for me. I was so annoyed, maybe if that didnt happened I would've rated this book 4 stars. ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Review coming soon!
Giulia Alayne
DNF at 60%

Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
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The premise of this novel is pretty straight-forward. Someone uploads compromising pictures from an after-prom party to the main character, Lucy’s, Facebook, framing her as the perpetrator. Everyone in her school turns against her including her best friend Ellie after she sees pictures of Lucy kissing her ex-boyfriend, Cole. So Lucy sets out on a quest to find out who exactly framed her while avoiding the watc
Jennifer Girard
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 4-stars, read-in-2018

This book was not what I was expecting in a good way! I absolutely LOVED Lucy! She was sarcastic, badass and so funny! At the beginning I was a little bit scared since it was reminding me of Gossip Girl but it was not as cliché as I was expecting!
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was so unexpected, I loved it so much! more than I thought I would. As soon as I read the synopsis I knew this book is for me. However I haven't loved Sarah Ockler's last two books (The Book of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet) that much. I did love Twenty Boy Summer which is why I was waiting for that magic to appear again, and I'm glad I picked #Scandal up because it did finally make a reappearance.
In #Scandal, the main protagonist, Lucy ends up going as the substitute date for Cole, h
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot of books out there lately that have to deal with the idea of cyberbullying. Understandably so, as it's growing easier, more common, and harder to regulate or discipline. I've read quite a few of them with overall little favor, but I have to admit, this is one of the books of the ones that I have read that I feel best narrates and addresses the problem.

What made the biggest difference to me, in regards to this young adult piece of fiction feeling more authentic, is that these awful
nick (the infinite limits of love)

*Sighs* I've loved all of Sarah Ockler's books that I've read and I was itching to read #scandal because she's one of my favorite authors. The disappointment I experienced after finishing this book made me want to go sob in a corner because there's nothing more I hate than having to give a negative review to an author I like. As hard as I tried to enjoy this book, I simply couldn't.

#scandal had a promising theme of cyber bullying, that was never explored to its full extent. That was my number on
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction
There were many things I liked about this book and many things I didn't. Then there came a part that it just felt like it dragged on...

Lucy is at a party, kisses 2 boys and 1 happens to be her BFFs boyfriend. OOPS! someone gets a snapshot and posts it on the internet which of course the whole school finds out about. plus some other photos that speak 1,000 words and are interpreted how they think they saw it. And so begins the destruction of this one girls life.

What I liked about the book: Lucy
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Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of six young adult novels: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and Twenty Boy Summer. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls' Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, and nominations for YALSA ...more

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