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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,238 ratings  ·  317 reviews
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 ye ...more
Kindle Edition, ARC, 308 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Josh Grayson
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I run my fingers over the top of my head. My long blonde hair is pulled back—to keep the hair out of my eyes while running, I guess. Curious, I smile at the water and am pleased to see that I’m an attractive girl. I have large blue eyes and perfect teeth. I’m not sure how old I am, though. I look young enough be a high school senior.
Reader, I gave up after 10 pages. This might be a new low in my saga of DNFs.

Some books are better read while drunk out of your mind. This book is not one of them.
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Steph Sinclair
Disclaimer: I DNF'd at 54%.

I don't often write DNF reviews because I hate giving up on books and I have this incessant need to know everything that happens in the story even if I'm not enjoying it. However, in Sia's case, I couldn't muster up motivation to continue.

The premise is what originally tempted me to check Sia out. The blurb give the impression that I'd be in stored for a little mystery and self-finding journey, but I had a really hard time getting into it. Here's why:

- The writing st
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Marla Mei
My Actual Rating: 1.5 stars with the half star going to the author's effort for trying to make something new from this already overdone story line.


I'm sorry. I'm really sorry. This is one of those moments when I so badly want to like a book but I just couldn't. It just really wasn't possible for me.

Okay, it wasn't that horrible. In fact, it started out pretty fine. I actually had that feeling where I thought that this could actually be a new favorite. But as the story progressed, it became much
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Sarah
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Josh Grayson, and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench in a pink jogging outfit, with nothing but her ipod. She has no idea who she is, or where she belongs, and eventually befriends a woman who lives on the streets, who teaches her how to look after herself.

When she accidentally gets hit by a car and ends up in hospital, Sia is reunited with her family, and discovers that her parents are
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Rashika (is tired)
Aug 28, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
Nope.
This book was definitely not for me.

In the first couple of pages you've got an attractive girl who gets leered by every guy she comes across except that one that yelled at her and after that she ends up getting hit by a car. Uh No.

Also the way she comes to the realization she has lot her memory does not make sense to me. I haven't actually lost my memory so I cannot say whether there is a right or wrong way but the fact that it takes more than a couple of seconds for her to realize she has
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Sandra
Really good concept with a realistic teenage voice in a somewhat unrealistic setting and with somewhat unrealistic changes all due to a ton of serendipity.

I had quite a few issues with this book. The writing isn't bad, with good wording and a good flow.

The plot wasn't as good. I had to suspend disbelief for much of it.

Sia 'comes to' in a public park, in shorts and a tank top, iPod in hand, but has no memory of how she got there, where she came from or even who she is. She almost gets nabbed by
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Pauline
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, romance
5 WELL DESERVED STARS

Sia, a 17 year-old senior in high school, wakes up one day on a bench in her running gear with no memories of who she is. She doesn't know where she is, where she comes from or what happened to her. The only thing she can tell for sure is that her name is Sia and that's because it's written on her iPod. Disoriented and scared, she ends up living on the streets. People around her scare her but one homeless woman, Carol, takes her under her wing and help her. When an incident
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Caroline
Sep 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
There’s not a lot of good to say about Sia I’m afraid. The premise - girl wakes up in a park and has no idea who she is, spends a week homeless before being found by her ridiculously wealthy parents - sounds intriguing, if a little clichéd. Unfortunately, the book sticks with the cliché and gets rid of the intriguing. Everything in the plot is telegraphed from the word go, so much so that it’s probably one of the most predictable books I’ve ever read. Every plot point that comes up, like Sia’s m ...more
Eustacia Tan
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you were to lose all your memories, would you change into a different person? Would the you that didn't have past baggage be a nicer person or a meaner one? In Sia's case, she turned into a nice person.

Sia opens with the titular protagonist waking up with nothing but an iPod in her hand. Thankfully, another homeless person called Carol helps her out till she is found. And really, the contrast between her life as a homeless person and her life as Sia Holloway, the daughter of an ex-model and a
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Bonnie Morse
I'm just going to start off by saying that this book is terrible. In pretty much every way. But it's the kind of terrible where, after a hard week of challenging reading (and, you know, actual work), you can just sort of shut down your brain and skim through it.

Like everyone else, I was sucked in by the premise of spoiled rich girl turned good after losing her memory. But it was all so trite and pat and perfectly pointless. The characters where one dimensional, and though they changed, they neve
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Books
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-2015
I’ve had this book on my Kindle since I’ve downloaded it as a free read from Amazon, oh, a thousand or so moons ago. The premise sounded promising and now that I’ve finished it, all I keep thinking is how much potential this novel had, and how it would’ve been better off in the hands of, say, Sarah Dessen, Liane Moriarty, or even, Sophie Kinsella (with reference to her novel, Remember Me?). At the same time, I think if this manuscript can be reworked by a good editor or two (to sort out those pe ...more
Lola
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book in one sitting (I can't remember ever doing that before). I only stopped the have dinner and then continued. Sia is the story of a girl with amnesia and who changes herself for the better she thinks, it's an original and intriguing story.

I have to say that I loved the first half even more than the second. Sia wakes up in a park and doesn't remember who she is and she ends up being homeless for a week before she is reunited with her p
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Alexia Purdy
A heartwarming story which thoroughly surprised me, I just wasn’t expecting it. From the beginning, I thought it was going to be full of high school drama stuff like a ‘Mean Girls’ scenario, but that played just a minor role in the book. The little insights it had on homelessness, true friendships, and changing one’s life to better themselves, were awesome. The main character, Sia Holloway, was extremely likeable, even after discovering her treacherous past.

Sia Holloway finds herself on the stre
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Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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When Sia woke up in the park, she had no idea who she was. Looking on her iPod, she found out her name. And she started walking. After almost being kidnapped, she decides to sleep under the bridge because she cannot continue anymore and that is where Carol finds her. Carol is an older woman who has been homeless for a long time and she helps Sia throughout the week and shows her how to survive on the streets.

One day when someone recon
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Kelly
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sia starts off with her waking up on a park bench with a pink skimpy workout outfit on and only an ipod on her. She quickly realizes that she has no idea where she is or who she is. She starts to wander around looking for anything. Then she realizes she is hungry. When she smells the food coming to her, a man well dressed offers to buy her food. She hesitates for only a moment. There is no place to sit and the man states that they could sit in his car and eat. RED FLAGS! She agrees based on him ...more
Amy H
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


this book had be hooked from the beginning! I spent the rest of the day reading this book until it was done. There was never a dull moment in this book, and you had no choice but to feel bad for this girl. Thien when you least expect it turns into a romance novel!! this book could either be fit under young adult or new adult!


this book is about a girl named Sia. She doesn't know who she is. She woke up in a park, where barley anyt
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Sia is like a contemporary fairy tale, where the mean girl realises the error of her ways and turns good in the end. I’ve never read a coming of age story quite like this one, it’s a shame it just got a little too unrealistic at the end.

It kicked off with a really strong start, with a lot of mystery and intrigue surrounding Sia as she finds herself jogging in a park with no recollection of who she is. She’s desperate
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Olivia (Bookcomet)
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, contemp
Sia was really great. Those two words come to mind shortly after the book does. Really great.

In most YA books I read the storyline is pretty much the same when it concerns a popular girl and a nice girl. Nice, nerdy girl turns popular like she has always dreamed and likes it, something bad happens usually concerning mean 'friends' or someone else popular, she stops liking it and then goes back to being a nerd. If you asked me books and movies along those lines, I don't think I could ever stop.
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Francesca
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I started this book and finished it in one day. The story has a very sweet and positive view if the world and about people's ability to change and help the world. It was so sweet that at a certain point it became unrealistic. It is a story filled with hope for the goodness of people in this world, and I love that someone would write such a sweet story. It's the type of story that makes a person feel good inside.

The first thing is the amnesia itself seemed really strange, but I went with it. It's
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preppea
SIA is a light and entertaining read about second chances.

Sia wakes up in a park, alone, with no memory and no idea where to go. She spends a week homeless, taken in by a kind bag lady who helps her learn how to survive on the streets. An accident sends her into the hospital where they are able to locate her family and suddenly her life is upside-down all over again. She is told that the best thing to do is re-immerse herself in her old life until her memory returns, but Sia quickly realizes sh
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Janie
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story. It was cute and original. Each chapter had me eager to find out what was going to happen next, it was a page turner for me. It made me laugh, it made me shed some tears and in some moments it made me angry. Although fictional, I feel that it can inspire teens out in the real world.
Talk about life can sure throw some curveballs.
Sia, a girl who one day wakes up in the park and not remembers anything about herself
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Sia is one of those rare books that make you want to get out and attempt to make a difference in the community. It’s a heartfelt and encouraging story that definitely has it’s core set in the right place.

Sia wakes up on a park bench completely lost and with no memory of who she is, and as result spends week on the streets. When she finally returns home she sees that her life is incredibly far away from what she experienced while homeless. She also realizes that everyone see her as someone comple
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Glass
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Review from Ja čitam, a ti?


Josh Grayson gives you a modern fairy tale in his debut novel - Sia. Imagine what would happen if you would mix Courtney Summers novels Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are with reality TV shows and second-chance scenarios? That would be it.

Sia is a mean girl who wakes up one day on the bench in the middle of the day and she has no clue who she is or what she was doing before that moment. She is forced to live on the streets for a full week like homeless person and th
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Alicia
Sep 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
1 star, and only because someone had to spend effort writing this thing.

If you're looking for your next read, look elsewhere. This book is dumb on so many levels-- the writing, the plot, the characters... wait, what plot? You'd think that in a few hundred pages and thousands of words SOMETHING would have crystallized and caught my eye.

Zilch.

Nada.

No substance to even talk about, I'm sorry. What's opposed to love is not hate, it's indifference. I closed this book (my kindle) with a bleary eye and
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Thalia
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Thalia by: NetGalley
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We have received an ecopy of SIA via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Steffie Zuroff Clark
Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I found this book too predictable, full of one dimensional stereotypical characters (the poor motherly homeless black woman, the Mexican maid, the heartless beautiful popular kids, the exotic foreign model, the unpopular but hottie baker’s son with a heart of gold), and blandly written (“Alyz moves like a cat, but a very hot cat...” What?). Sometimes I have to see a book through to the end, even if I am not enjoying it, in the hopes that it will get better... this one never redeemed itself.
Dee/ bookworm
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sia was a good novel. It let you identify with Sia through her memory loss and grow with her through the book as she discovers who she really is and what is important. I like that she is worried about modesty and family. Both qualities that are almost frowned upon in todays society. Well written and intriguing.
Zed Whisper
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Free copy of this ARC was obtained through Net Galley.***

The story begins with a teenage girl waking up on a park bench and realising that she cannot remember anything. She can't remember where she is, where she lives or who she is. The only thing she knows is that her name is Sia, and that's just because the iPod she has with her has her name on it. Confused and lost she runs into a few scary situations until she meets another homeless lady called Carol. Carol helps Sia to survive on the str
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Alicia
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Sia surprised me, in more ways than one. This book has a lot of depth to it and some magical (figuratively) moments.

Sia's story begins when she wakes up on a park bench. She spends the next week homeless on the streets. Although gritty, I thought that this part of the novel was definitely necessary and acted as an eyeopener, not only to Sia but to readers. The novel gives you an in depth experience of life on the streets, explicit and realistic experiences and scenes included. I honestly think t
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Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in 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 jogging, swimming, reading and dreaming up new stories.


Sia is his debut YA novel.


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