So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James.
When Leah Doyle and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home....more
"What if the worst thing you did went viral?"
What a question! I don't want anything I do to go viral.
Heck I don't even know where to start with my review. This was one helluva book!!
****I will try my very best but there may be minor spoilers ahead. Please read with caution***
From the first sentence I was shocked and pulled into this story. I won't tell you what the first sentence was but if you've read the entire book description you probably have an idea.
Actually both the very f ...more
Su is a sensible, intelligent and practical girl who lives a stable life with her adopted parents. Su is Korean by birth and was adopted as a tiny newborn baby. She does not think she is anything specia ...more
Gone are the days when teenagers are encouraged to read Go Ask Alice to put them off making the same mistakes. Teenagers seem much wiser and clued up on sex and drugs these days. Now is the time for parents to be placing a copy of Viral in amongst their Christmas stocking fillers, in the hope they will realise what goes on the internet doesn’t just go away. It may not be fun if whateve ...more
It was a really interesting read for two reasons: the plot was pacey and the subject matter was topical.
The idea of a video going viral is part of modern consciousness, people share content like this every day without a thought. It was fascinating to look at the experience from the side of the person who was the 'star' of the show, how it affected them and those around them. The filming of a sex act in public, the consent ...more
I expected A LOT more than I got, based on the first pages and GR reviews.
I struggled to finish it, I must admit.
The plot was promising, but I ended up feeling so bored and I didn't understand most of the characters' reactions at all, especially the incident involving Bernie, the father.
Viral is a prime example of how a word has taken on a new meaning. Instead of something infectious we now tend to think of something going 'viral' online with phenomenal speed. A sign of ...more
A twenty-something adopted daughter is filmed in a tavern committing an act that goes viral when an unsavory man uploads the recording to the internet.
The novel follows as the young woman deals with becoming worldly notorious almost over night, while explaining her ongoing turmoil with her sister and powerful, steely mother.
As the novel unfolds, each main character is followed, with the tale detailing their own reactions to the viral vide ...more
The story introduces us to Su, an adopted child of Ruth and sister to Leah. Su is pretty much the perfect daughter, on her way to university to become a doctor and make her mark in the world. Su goes on holiday to Magaluf and is lead astray. A ...more
This is a good book, a fast and easy read (I finished it in under 24 hours), the curiosity of what would happen, what the characters would do propelled me to keep going.
There's a good amount of foul language and some explicit descriptions in the book, more than I'm used to, but way less than in a rap lyrics, for example.
The premise of Viral is an interesting and current one: what would you do if the most embarrassing/humiliating moment of your life was caught on camera, posted on Youtube ...more
I sucked twelve cocks in Magaluf.Helen FitzGerald starts her stories with a bang, and pulls the reader along as she pieces their world together for us. She doesn’t faff around with the happy life before the storm, but rather throws us ri ...more
So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety-six people have seen me do this. They might include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth-year biology teacher and my boyfriend of six weeks, James.
However Viral was one of those reads I just didn't understand. WHAT WAS GOING ON? Yes, what happened to Su went Viral, and yes that first line is ehhhh interest ...more
I saw Figgy reading it and was intrigued by the status updates she posted and by the summary of the book... Added it to my amazon wishlist and waited for it to come down in price, when it finally did I jumped on it right away.
The writing: 3.5 stars
Plot and characters: 2.5-3 stars
I felt like I was on the outside looking in as things unfolded in the story. I felt s ...more
Helen Fitzgerald has written the story of the modern age with Viral; this book is every parent’s nightmare and could so easily happen to your child. Viral examines what happens when a teenager does something terrible that is recorded and then posted online for the whole world to see and remember. This is a story of doing something so terrible it is meant to define you but at the same time you rediscover your love for your family and those closest.
Leah and Su Oliphant-B ...more
When Su and her sister Leah go to Magaluf for a holiday with their girlfriends to celebrate the end of their school days, they can't foresee that it will end in such a horrific way. Before they can even get on ...more
The blurb was enticing so when it came up to request on netgalley I requested a copy and was lucky enough to be approved.
The start of the book certainly grabs you're attention and from there I was eager to pick up the story at every opportunity to see how the fallout was going to affect each of the characters and whether it would be the making or breaking of the family involved.
It certainly leaves you thinki ...more
I loved the characters and their interactions with each other. I loved Su and really felt for her. The book started out so strong and it took a weird turn. The second half just felt like it lacked direction and a lot of it seemed unlikely or unbelievable. At the end of the day though I still enjoyed reading thi ...more
Viral by Helen Fitzgerald is a shocking and very topical novel that really made me think about the effect that the internet, and today’s ‘instant share’ culture has on society.
The story is fast paced and Fitzgerald creates some brilliant, convincing characters. You really feel for poor Su; although many will see her as naive and stupid (which she was!), she certainly didn’t deserve to have this happen to her, and it made my blood boil reading about the experience ...more
When Leah and her adopted sister eighteen year old Su decide to fly to Magaluf to celebrate the end of A-levels, there are shocking and devastating consequences. A holiday video quickly goes ‘viral’ and Su in her shame feels the need to disappear.
From the memorable first line Viral is gripping and this fast-paced contemporary story is hard to put down. Author Helen Fitzgerald novel is uncompromising and highly entertaining, as she smoothly brings together the side stories and family history to a ...more
So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety-six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James.
What they have seen is a video of Su Oliphant-Brotheridge on holiday in Magaluf with her sister Leah. Let’s be coy and just say that the uploaded video isn’t something that any of the people listed above would wa ...more
I love a good swear, and I like Helen Fitzgerald's writing style, so when I saw that this was a new book, I bought it straight away.
This paragraph from the burb above caught my eye:
"When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home. Her successful, swotty sister remains abroad, ...more
Su-Jin is desperate to get the relationship back with her sister and will do anything to fit in with her sister and her friends. She is the total opposite of her adopted sister which makes her life so much more d ...more