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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  858 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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 t
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Entangled: Teen
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Want to know what scares the ever loving crap out of me?




Teenage girls in particular.

Regan Flay is one of those girls. She is on the cheer-leading squad, up for student council, all the shit that goes with being a popular princess.
Regan Flay is not exactly like-able. She talks behind your back and always needs the dirt on you so she can get you first.

Then someone puts up all the bad things she has said about her fellow classmates all over school and suddenly she is the one getting bullied.



Befo
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“I had no idea that I was… destroying people.”



This was a really good story, about one girl and how her bullying ways backfired on her.

“It all started with a text.”



I liked Regan, although she really did say some nasty things about people at the start of the book. I did feel like she was only saying nasty things because she herself felt insecure, but that didn’
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Rhea Dsouza
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
When you play with people's lives the biggest casualty may be your own.

Regan Flay is one of the most popular girls in school. She’s smart, she’s attractive and she’s a bully. She talks shit about people and is involved in assassinating characters of people she doesn’t even know. Life Unaware is her story.

When all of Regan’s secrets are laid out for the entire school to see, she’s sure that it’s the end of her life. She’s lost all her friends—people she’s not even sure she can call “friends” anym
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Jazmen
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
I adored this book. I really did and that's saying something. I initially thought okay, this is one of those books. Girl is popular, says bad things, and is ostracized. Okay, big deal. I was wrong.

I mean the plot is still pretty much popular girl goes down but, the way the characters recovered was very realistic and made the book really easy to read. Regan is a bully but when she becomes the "pariah," her character changes, and it made everything better.

Initially I though Regan would bore me but
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Melliane
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

On entend beaucoup parler du harcèlement à l’école ces temps ci même si tout le monde sait que ça fait longtemps que cela existe. J’avoue que je n’ai pas vraiment surfé sur la vague et je n’avais jusque-là lu aucun livre qui en parlait. Pourtant, après avoir vu le résumé de ce roman, j’avoue que j’ai été très intriguée et la curiosité l’a emporté assez rapidement.

Regan est une jeune fille qui n’a pas forcément une vie facile, et pourtant, elle n’hésite pas à
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
3.5 stars
Life Unaware appealed to me because of the bullying issue. I read another where it was from the stand point of the bullier and I did end up feeling for that person. And it sounds like I will end up understanding Regan. From the synopsis she does seem like someone easy to dislike but it also shows the backfire and the pressure that is too much for her from her mom. Not that there is ever any excuse for bullying other people, there are reasons, and sometimes those can be enough to bridg
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Melwasul
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après Le vide de nos cœurs de Jasmine Warga, la collection New Way des éditions Hugo Roman nous propose encore un texte au message fort. Après le suicide chez les adolescents, nous nous attaquons ici au thème, tout aussi difficile et d’actualité, du harcèlement scolaire (d’ailleurs le premier est souvent une conséquence du second et ils sont liés comme nous le rappelle l’auteur ici).[...]

La suite ici: http://lune-et-plume.fr/blacklistee-d...
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Regan Flay may seem nice on the outside, but the popular cheerleader talks behind everyone's back, including her best friend. Now she's the one being talked about and bullied, which is wreaking havoc on her anxiety disorder. Regan just wants things to get back to normal, until a guy (who has been driving her crazy) questions whether she wants to go back to being a mean girl.

When I first started reading LIFE UNAWARE, I worried I'd be too distracted with awkwardly flowery language, but after a few
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Marni
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nowadays, it seems like every other day we hop on social media to see another story about a teen being bullied. It may be a headline for a news article, or it may be a post by a friend, concerned over how their child is being treated. Either way, when you think it should be getting better, that as a whole we should be getting a grip on bullying, it just feels like nobody's listening because it keeps escalating. What makes this story so much different is that it's about the bully. It's about how ...more
Meredith Tate
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Let's see if I can write this review without showing my social worker side...

As someone who isn't really into "issue books," I wasn't too sure LIFE UNAWARE was going to be a good choice for me. However, Gibsen portrays issues of bullying and mental illness without being too heavy handed. It was a darker book, but still managed to be fun and not a downer.

I also felt that Regan's anxiety disorder and panic attacks were shown respectfully, accurately, and without stigma
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Paula Stokes
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story should be on the shelves of every bookstore and library, because it will save lives--both literally and metaphorically--if it gets into the right hands at the right times.
prettybooks
12/20

Un roman à destination des ados pour essayer de faire prendre conscience de l’impact du harcèlement, et d’encourager la tolérance et la bienveillance. Un message qui m’a touchée, même si les problématiques des personnages et leurs caractères m’ont souvent un peu agacée, sans doute parce que je ne suis plus ado moi-même.

Ma chronique : https://myprettybooks.wordpress.com/2...
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Deciding to actually read Cole Gibsen's latest new book was an extremely risky decision for me: I am, by no means, a contemporary reader (why I'm avoiding New Adult a lot), and telling Cole (or any author) that I hated her latest book is not something I would actually like to do...

I find that Life Unaware wasn't so daunting after all. In fact, a
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Danni Maxwell
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
*I was given this book in e-book form through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

I went into this without really remembering the synopsis of the book, so it was like going in blind. Part of me wishes I had reread it so I knew what I was going into. It's about Regan Flay who is one of the popular girls of the school she attends who tries to be perfect to keep her overly controlling politician mother happy. But then her private messages are shared with the entire school, so every single l
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Lire-une-passion
"En résumé, c'est un livre qui a su me toucher et m'alpaguer comme j'aime l'être avec un roman. Regan est touchante, même si au début c'est une vraie peste. Mais au fil du temps, elle se dévoile, comprend qu'elle a fait du mal, et essaye de se rattraper. Nolan, quand à lui, c'est un peu le rigolo de service, et le mec collant, qui ne lâche pas d'une semelle Regan. Il m'a beaucoup fait rire, et a réussi à me toucher. C'est un livre qui traite vraiment bien du sujet du harcèlement scolaire, que je ...more
Lucie
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman riche en émotion qui traite du harcèlement avec un réalisme surprenant. On pourrait s'attendre à l’extrême, mais l'auteure sait doser de manière efficace ce que vit l'héroïne. Qui soit dit en passant m'a beaucoup touché et un soutien inattendu de la part de Nolan apporte de douceur à l'histoire, qui fait mal au cœur par moment. Je recommande vraiment rien que pour ouvrir les yeux.

Ma chronique : http://wp.me/p4u7Dl-1ym
Abbie
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't like Regan at the start, but she grew on me. I felt really sorry for her when all her friends abandoned her, but in the end, the change in her popularity made her a much better person.

This was a really enjoyable read, which had a nice ending.

I'll definately be reading more from this author.
Cheryl
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a terrific YA book that addresses the reality of bullying and ugliness that is high school, told with characters the reader grows to love and identify with along the journey. The reality of anxiety disorder, demanding parents and betrayals combines with the constant strive for solution and triumph. I highly reccommend this book for teens and fans of YA,
Ruthsic
Warnings: attempted suicide, bullying, mentions of homophobia, panic attacks

A book from the POV of a bully, Life Unaware has a good message, and does its best to speak it out. The book begins with Regan, the protagonist, apologizing for all that she had done and that pretty much tells us what the story is about - her learning about the consequences of her actions.

The popular girl in school as well as the daughter of a sitting Congresswoman, Regan has always been concerned with how she appears;
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Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites-2015
Books are special. They're a mixture of 26 letters, jumbled up into an impossible number of variations, influencing us and our thoughts, our decisions, our emotions, changing our perspectives, our opinions, our attitudes, rearranging our point of view, how we see people and the world, but most of all, when they're good, connect and allow a reader to completely and utterly resonate with the story that's being told. When a book is that good that it takes a hold of your sensitive heart strings, tho ...more
Laura 🌻
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Desde la página 10 te hueles absolutamente todo: el final, el rollete y el desarrollo que se le va a dar a la protagonista en la novela. Nada absolutamente nuevo, solamente un libro que hemos leído ya tropecientas mil veces.

Al menos me ha servido para desoxidar un poco mi francés!

"Ces toilettes étaient une promesse faite à tous les élèves du lycée qu'après notre diplôme, l'espoir que nous avions laissé derrière nous surpasserait de loin la haine."
T.H. Hernandez
This book is intense! In a good way. I waffled on 4-1/2 or 5 stars, because it's not perfect and I like to save 5 stars for perfect, but this book has more feels than almost anything else I've read lately. And the longer I read it, the more perfect it became. Regan's journey is so satisfying because I disliked her so much in the beginning. But I was four chapters in and ready to stuff my head in an oven I was so depressed. It went from sucky, to horrific, to oh my god can we please just end the ...more
Kissthelibrarian
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Only 3/5 because the beginning was so promising, but the end, omg, WAS IT A FUCKING TEEN COMEDY ?!!! It was so deep at first, and then : romance, a dance, a big reveal... C'mon.
Dee
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: src-spring-18
was mostly good, but ending was kind of predictable and she forgave Nolan wayyyy too quickly
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Le harcèlement scolaire est une chose dont tout le monde a eu à vivre une fois dans sa vie, comme victime, bourreau, ou simple témoin.

Le livre débute sur un prologue, Regan est dans le cabinet d’un psychologue, elle est à bout, mais a du mal à s’exprimer, mais la douleur et le remord se bousculent en elle, et elle finit pour tout expliquer. Chapitre 1, le premier jour de sa descente aux enfers. Regan est une jeune fille constamment sous pression à cause du poids du travail de sa mère. Elle doit
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Max Baker
If there's one trope I love, it's the "cheerleader/mean girl falls from grace and gets bullied so she has to redeem herself in the eyes of her peers" trope. There's so much room for development in the characters, so many different themes that can be seamlessly worked in, and a great way to showcase how people rationalize their behavior.

So, naturally Life Unaware was a no brainer for me. Regan is the girl that everyone is friendly with, but doesn't actually know. She talks about everyone behind t
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Jesslivraddict
Il a fallu attendre les derniers jours du mois de janvier pour qu'enfin, les frissons du coup de coeur se manifestent encore à moi !
Vous allez croire que je le fais exprès d'avoir des coups de coeur sur des livres traitant du sujet du "bullying" mais j'ai trouvé que ce roman était juste parfait dans sa construction. Il se situe dans la même lignée que Tease (vu qu'on suit un bully qui devient bullied) mais le surpasse nettement par sa conclusion.

On suit Regan, une jeune fille populaire à qui en
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Leah
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You guys, I have read some pretty freaking awesome books this year. And actually, most of the books that have completely blew my socks off have been YA or NA – Paradise City, City Love, The Truth About Jack, Simon Vs The Homo Hapiens Agenda, and now Life Unaware. I literally had no idea I was reading a book that would give me ALL THE FEELS. Starting it, I wasn’t even sure I was going to like Regan never mind adore the life out of her. BUT IT WAS JUST SO GOOD.

First up: It’s a book about bullying
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Nancy
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not all high school bullying books are created equal. Some actually add a couple of twists that have the reader bragging to her friends about how awesome this is and should be read not only for the awareness but for the idea of how change could be incorporated within their school districts.

Seventeen-year-old Regan Flay is your typical straight A cheerleader, student council, center of attention girl that picks her friends for their social value and her activities based on how they will look on
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Julie Rimpula
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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*I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I really enjoyed Cole Gibsen’s writing. The narration has a strong voice and the prose is very contemporary and well-written. I couldn’t put it down. Realistic and honest, Life Unaware certainly did not sugarcoat the ugly truth of bullying.

At first, I was disgusted by what a two-faced bitch Regan was. But as I read on and saw the story through Regan’s eyes, I couldn’t
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“Whenever someone says some- thing about us, it gets written inside us, permanently. The good words, the ugly words, it’s all right here.” I placed a palm against my chest. “Sure, you can scribble out the words or try to paint over them, but beneath the layers of paint and ink, they’re still there, branded to our cores like initials carved in a tree.” 6 likes
“If Amber kept up her act forever, it would only be a matter of time before the broken pieces of her real self were too small to ever be put back together. I didn’t know what happened to people once they were unfixable. I only hoped I never had to find out.” 3 likes
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