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Can't Look Away

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,913 ratings  ·  509 reviews
Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident—maybe because of Torrey and her videos—Torrey's perfect world implodes.

Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn't know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet beca
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Point
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Megan I spoke with the author at a release party for her latest book regarding this topic. She based it off of her mother passing away of Cancer. She said s…moreI spoke with the author at a release party for her latest book regarding this topic. She based it off of her mother passing away of Cancer. She said she really connected with the Day of the Dead as well.(less)
Allison Ludwinski I got this book from my library and I'm glad I did because I still can't really decide how I feel about this book. I did like the story and plot, but …moreI got this book from my library and I'm glad I did because I still can't really decide how I feel about this book. I did like the story and plot, but I didn't like the character of Torrey too much. She just seemed like too much of a stuck-up popular kid. I thought I was going to be able to relate to her so much because I am 15 and have a sister that is almost 12. I was wrong. The way she treated her sister, always trying to get rid of her really got on my nerves and just her personality overall. So, I don't think I'll be reading this book again, unless I am still having trouble deciding if I like it or not.(less)

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Sarah Churchill
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a little clichéd; self centred, shallow teen learns life lessons and grows, but at the same time I really enjoyed it.

Torrey is absolutely obsessed with image, being in the popular crowd and having lots of subscribers on her beauty channel, where a 'version' of her has gained hundreds of thousands of subs. As the owner of a BookTube channel I kept thinking to myself 'I hope people who read this don't think we're all like that!' She was a seriously unlikeable character.

After the death of her
My thanks to Scholastic and NetGalley

Actual Rating: 4.5

Point of View: Single (Torrey Grey)
Writing Style: First Person | Present Tense/Past Tense (Flashbacks)
Setting: Texas
Genre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction

This book exceeded my expectation. I loved how simple this book seemed, and yet still managed to touch such a heartbreaking subject. It wasn't a typical book about a girl trying to be popular. Well, Torrey did try to attach herself to the most poplar girl in her new school, but that wasn't
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Beauty vlogger Torrey Grey has thousands of people watching her vlog on You Tube. She loves it. She loves connecting to people and she loves hearing what they have to say about her vlog’s. But when Torrey’s younger sister is killed by a drunk driver, suddenly all those nice comments now turn into nasty ones when they start blaming her for her sister’s death – and really, Torrey blames herself to even though it wasn’t her fault. Moving to Texas to be close to relatives might be the worse idea her ...more
There were so many times where I wanted to give up on this book. So many times. Mostly it had to do with Torrey. It's hard to list out all the things I hate about Torrey, but I'll give it a shot.

Her mourning of her sister's death. The way that Torrey is written, I see her side and perception of her sister's death as half actually mourning her and half worrying about how her sister's death impacts her social status and the way she is perceived on the internet and in her everyday life. There are c
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it

This is a very high 3.5 stars, really. While I didn't feel particularly invested in the characters, I appreciated each and every one of their roles in this story. The addition of Torrey's life as a vlogger, including quotes from her videos (which were pretty solid) and chapter titles (which I wasn't too fond of) made for an interesting angle. I was really drawn into thinking about what it really means to put yourself out there when you vlog (or blog), and how to handle it when del
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Torrey Grey’s beauty channel 'Beautystarz15' is a YouTube sensation. Her online reputation is built on having the perfect life; every viewer either wants to be her or feels like she’s their best friend, so when Torrey’s younger sister Miranda dies it’s impossible for her to keep up that perfect carefree image anymore. Her thousands of followers once made Torrey happy but now the internet is watching her grieve and the haters are harder than ever to ignore. Can’t Look Away is Torrey’s journey as ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Can't look away' was a book that showed the progress of Torrey's lesson of life through her sister miranda's death. The book is written in her perspective, however, you can see multiple character's improvements as the story carries on. It well shows how teenagers like us can be lost, but eventually finds the way back home to where we belong. The title of this book 'Can't look away' illustrates Torrey's feelings, how she doesn't know the right timing to get away from her internet world. I can al ...more
Michelle Wrona
For a long time, I felt like I've been prompted to read this book. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I love watching beauty gurus on YouTube, such as Bethany Mota. The feeling of having young teenagers helping you out with beauty has always been a fascination to me, and probably to millions of other people as well. I never saw a book like this coming at me, and even though it didn't live up to my expectations and was rather dull, it definitely was a masterpiece in terms of a great concept.

Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
I see this book sitting on my bookshelf and all the disgust and anger I felt for it one year ago rebirths. So I decide to write a review...

I did not like this book. At all. I put it down half-way through then finished it... hmm... maybe three months later? Torrey Grey, the main character, is self-centered and shallow, and lacks a decent character. And that never changes. I think the author wanted to have a flawed character with good points overruling, but she obviously forgot the other half rott
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
For those who enjoy the "teen drama" and "internet bullying" new wave of genre, I think this is one of the best. It captures the clash between wanting to be seen and the danger of being seen in our most intimate moments, in this case, after the death of a sibling. What makes this book better than others is the realistic portrayal of the stages of grief both the narrator and parents face, while also giving the reader a healthy dose of high school drama and young love. Satisfying and a quick read. ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Torrey, the protagonist, is really, really unlikeable. That’s most of what I thought about this book.
Allow me to elaborate, at length.

Not sure if the author intended for this protagonist to be completely loathesome, but that’s what happened. Here I’d read several books in a row where the protagonist is no saint, and I definitely shouldn’t like him or her, but something makes me like them anyway – their sense of humor, their particular cynical way of describing things, you know, whatever. Somethi
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a really sad book, I didn't like it that much, because it was really easily predictable. ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good!!
A Book Vacation
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

To see my full review:

This is an interesting read that depicts the life of a teen beauty vlogger, a wildly popular young woman who posts to YouTube, which I admit is a channel I personally rarely visit. My students are obsessed with youtube videos, so I definitely wanted to check out this novel and see if it brought on any insights, because truth be told, vlogs tend to drive me insane. I don’t think I’ve been able to watch very many straight throu
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book. It is my true opinion only.

Actual rating : 4.5 stars

This is a story about a beauty vlogger that stops vlogging at a tragic accident that results in her sister's death.
Torrey is used to the spotlight as she has so many followers and views on her channel.
So of course when she's new at school, she will want to be a part of the popular group.
Torn between liking a social drop out calle
Brandi Kosiner
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this because I am drawn to stories about grief and how teens cope with it and Torrey sounds like a character that I could feel for and cheer for.

While I liked Torrey in general, and I am all about bloggers of all sort, even fashion and beauty, something about her just didn't click the best for me. She thought about numbers and how testifying about her sister's death could bring an even bigger surge. And I know that death doesn't just make you inevitably stop thinking about th
Sarah Carlson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun to read because it has a really good story to it and is a very interesting. I read this book last year and it was my favorite at the time. This book is about a teenager who is a you tuber and she thinks "she killed her sister." Her family moves away because they don't want to stay there anymore and the you tuber gets anxiety about her death. The last words she said to her were something she wishes she didn't say because if she didn't, she would still be alive. I would ra ...more
Rose Dornan
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very entertaining book and had you thinking about the character(s). Even though there are many books with the same plot given in this book, there is a different story. It's told in a different way. Torrey Grey feels guilty, and just feels terrible about her younger sister's death, but does not know how to deal with her emotions. I think the best thing about this book is that it makes the reader go into deep thought to figure out how Torrey Grey really feels. ...more
Leah Akatrai
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book “Can’t Look Away” by Donna Cooner is about a beauty blogger who tries to get over her sisters death, when she is getting blamed for the cause of her death. I liked the way the character changed from the beginning to the end, at first she was somewhat self-centered, and toward the end she realizes there’s other things to life so don’t live it negative. I give this book full stars and recommend this book to anyone who is interested in realistic fiction.
Hannah Crabtree
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 6th grade so I remember very little, but I do remember I loved it!
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The book is about a girl named Torrey Grey who is a famous YouTuber for fashion and makeup. Torrey’s sister died in a car accident. Her family moved to Texas in till they have to go back to Colorado for court. Torrey has to go to a new school and meet new friends. Luckily, her cousin Raylene lives across the street from Torrey and go to the same school. At their school, their are a group of popular people three boys and 1 boy and invite Torrey in to their group. Torre ...more
Amber Schrameyer
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Are you looking for a book that will touch your heart, maybe even make you cry? Perhaps a book filled to the brim with drama? Are you a hopeless romantic or love cliche stories? Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s filled with love, heartbreak, awkward situations, highschool clicks, and even a bit of information about el Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

I’m a sucker for anything drama related so this book suited me perfectly. Can’t Look Away is a story
Alexa Vazquez
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***Spoiler Alert***
Have you ever had so many things in your life happen at the same time? Well a 16 year old girl named Torrey Grey has and it was terrible for her and her family. Can’t Look Away is a great fictional drama book that has many conflicts happening at once.

Torrey Grey had recently moved from Colorado to Texas after a great tragedy happened to the family. This tragedy had devastated everyone. Torrey’s 12 year old sister, Miranda, was killed. Back in Colorado, Torrey was a famous p
Kathy Mathey
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'll admit, I prejudged this to be a frivolous read and almost abandoned it (20-30 pages in...). Looking back, however, I'm glad I didn't. Aside from the typical high school issues, there is real grief and pain captured here. Powerful and thought-provoking. ...more
Brittany Risko
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought this book was kind of cliche. I didn't like the way the main character was represented. I thought she was mean to Luis and her cousin. I honestly was not a fan of this book, although maybe I am just too old for this type of story anymore. ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise. It felt like it was aimed at a more pre-teen crowd, but that's actually an added bonus as Can't Look Away is an excellent depiction of dealing with guilt and grief. I'm generally a proponent of trusting kids' stories with serious topics. I often felt like I had to read books meant for older audiences to get that sort of meaningful storytelling was I was twelve or thirteen. Even Torrey's superficial side was smoothed really cleanly into a story about a girl lear ...more
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Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It has a cool story and I liked how they changed things up and added " the day of the dead" in. ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book even though I cried a little while reading it. Realistic fiction about dealing with death and being popular.
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Donna Cooner was born and raised in Texas. She is a three time graduate of Texas A&M University. A former teacher and school administrator, she now teaches teachers and principals at Colorado State University where she is the director of the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her two labs and a cat named Stu. She’s a big fan of chocolat ...more

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