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My Life as a Hashtag

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  52 reviews
I'd been warned - in French, no less. By a tram-riding, mermaid-swaying, wolf-eaten, peace-sign flipping friend. I knew she wouldn't be happy if I stayed out here by the pool, with Jed's nail tracing the length of my neck.

But I didn't want to go inside. I didn't want another drink. I wanted to stay out here and see what would happen.

What’s a girl to do when her parents hav
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 2017 by Allen & Unwin
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Ryan Buckby
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
A movement. A phenomenon. A complete and utter disaster.

i was very disappointed with this book because i thought it was going to be centred around this post that goes viral and we the main character dealing with it, however i was completely wrong and was very confused when i was reading it. Don't get me wrong there is a post that goes viral but it's not the main thing of the story i feel like its just a secondary thing.

Plot: The main character is MC living Melbourne, Australia her parents h
For most of April and the beginning of March I was in a reading slump. It's not something that occurs often for me, but I completely lost interest in reading. Books didn't hold my attention, I felt restless whenever I tried to read, so I gave up (with the exception of audio books while driving, but these are usually non-fiction so very different to my standard fare of YA). Then I picked up My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams, her fourth YA novel, and I could not put it down! I can't des ...more
Trigger warnings: bullying, social exclusion, premature birth.

4.25 stars.

This was, hands down, one of the best depictions of sixteen year old girls that I've ever read. Their friendships are complex and messy, their constant use of social media is accurate, their relationships with their parents and their siblings are significant and complicated and feelsy.

The "I posted something on social media that I shouldn't have" part takes a while to turn up, given the title. But all the build up culmina
Chloe Hughes
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For everyone who has written they shouldn't have on the internet! 😣
Thank god my teenage years were over (1999) when the internet was just happening. Back when I was teenager I had a diary that I could vent and nobody saw and I could destroy by putting into the fire and gone forever.
Tough times now for teenagers growing up with click of a button that could destroy your reputation.
This should be read by everyone and discussed.
Jaclyn Crupi
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Any book that features Network has my attention. This is the first YA novel that I've read this year that hasn't relied heavily on sentimentality and I loved it. Timely and topical it's a great read for anyone, but especially teens of course, navigating the digital world and social media. I say this every time but thank all that's holy that there was no social media when I was a teen.
'Maybe I didn't have to tell everyone every single thing that was rotating inside my head - just the important st
Sharon Mogg
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Statement ... He sounds like a douche"

I'm surprised that I ended up liking this book. In between eye-rolls at the teens, the entire story made me nervous because of all the conflict between friends. Teenage girls have this way of blowing things way out of proportion and are naïve enough not to know how to respond appropriately. That's ok, because eventually they get so tired of being upset and angry that they figure out a better way to deal with the woes in life - the magnificent phenomena of m
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-for-review
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of this book last month from Allen & Unwin with my friend in a competition and I was very much looking forward to reading it because it's an Australian author, from a publishing company I love and the plot sounded interesting. Although, when I started reading the first page, I realised I had read the first chapter before in Allen & Unwin's sampler book of upcoming YA fiction from last year when this book had a different title. That concerned me a
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
A modern cautionary tale! We've all deleted something we felt momentarily righteous about, so the story of MC and her hasthag nightmare is something everyone of us can understand. It's an excellent story about friendship, teenagers, families, bullying and social pressure and a reminder that our electronic footprint can come back to haunt us - so tread carefully.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read in one sitting in a cafe, had to hide my face behind the teapot so people wouldn't see me crying. Fucking utterly devastating (and amazing).
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 ★ -- I think Gabrielle Williams has done a fantastic job at illustrating how something seemingly insignificant can have incredible repercussions. MC's story serves as a great reminder to think twice before posting anything on the internet: what would happen if so and so read or saw this? How would I feel if I read or saw this about me? P.S the cover is brilliant.

This book is an excellent example of why I am so glad that we didn't have social media when I was in high school as we do today. I me
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good fiction for thinking about power and penetration of social media and how digital footprint can affect one's life. Bullying.
Cal (Constant Raving Reviews)
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Every Last Word
Shelves: library
Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's Constant Raving Reviews

I read this in one sitting, and didn't have high expectations. It did make me emotionally invested however, so I'm impressed.

Let me go right out and say it: MC is a nasty teenage girl. Yes, she didn't mean for her bitches (about her friends, of all people) from tumblr to go viral, but she still wrote them. If you liked Sam from Every Last Word, you're going to love MC and he
Belinda Missen
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A copy of this book was gifted to me by Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Boy am I glad there was no such thing as social media when I was finishing high school (Class of '99, yo). Or, if there was, I had no conscious knowledge of it, thank God.

My Life as a Hashtag is a great example of the fallout effect surrounding social media and bullying. It's all fun and games until everyone's named and shamed. It's how people lose their jobs, their livelihoods, and friendship
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Life as a hashtag

By Gabrielle Williams

It was memorable, interesting too.

The genres are humor and fiction.
MC the main character stands out since this evolves around her and her life, the book is also realistic because she goes to an all-girl school in Melbourne Australia. The book is about that she posts something that's rude and she regrets, it ruins her friends life and then hers. In the end they all get back together and forgive each other. It's about thinking about before you post. It u
ML O'Brien
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read a preview of this book 6 months ago and so knowing it was being released last week I rushed into the closest bookshop to purchase a copy for myself and daughters, a niece and another two for the library at the school where I work. This is great contemporary Young Adult fiction, and I imagine it will be very relateable for many teens. We all make mistakes and can misjudge situations, however insert some teen angst and drama and the main character, MC, makes a mistake only to discover she's ...more
Pam Saunders
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two stars maybe a bit harsh but I had to force my way through this. I felt as if I was sitting on public transport next to a group of private school girls, flicking their long hair, loudly talking, taking photos, sharing and ignoring everyone around them older than 22. Gabrielle certainly got the girls voices and actions spot on. I just don't want to read about them however, they may love it and there are big issues around digital responsibilities and bullying which are clearly addressed in this ...more
Clare Snow
Two weeks into my 2018 Aus/NZ Reading Challenge half of January's books changed, but I got through all four and loved my surprise additions. (No DNFing around here.) I also love Gabrielle Williams' books, so I've been wanting to read My Life as a Hashtag for a year. It only took a reading challenge to make it happen.
"I was going to have the worst night of my life, and they should be there for it. That was what friends did for each other."

The prompt of supportive friends nailed My Life as a Hasht
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So this was fantastic and horrible and messed with my head. So very realistic and captures the online world we live in so well. I loved the characters and MC was such a typical teen, not listening to me when I was trying to tell her the mistakes she was making!! I cried towards the end and then also felt a ray of hope that things would be ok.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
It was good but nothing exciting. Nothing really jumped out at me. It's a good, easy read to tide you over between heavy books :)

The main character was kinda clueless; 1. messing up her friendship over a boy and 2. using her friends full names when ranting about them, anyone could have come across it and recognised the people she was talking about.

I liked the uniqueness of the names though!
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to come on podcast!
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cried through the last third of the book. So good.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A cautionary tale about thinking twice before you post and focusing on properly communicating with others.
Gabrielle Reid
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
MC gets on the bad side of her friend Anouk when she hooks up with a boy Anouk likes. So Anouk blocks her on social media, ignores her for weeks, then has a party - and invites everyone except MC. With no one to rant to but strangers on the internet, MC takes to tumblr... and lives to regret it.

What I liked:
The story was engaging and held my attention throughout
All the characters were flawed but mostly good people, and MC does have a journey of self-discovery
Always nice to see positive sibling r
Cass -  Words on Paper
(Review to come on the blog)


So you're feeling shitty: one of your friends deliberately didn't invite you to the biggest party of the year because she called dibs on this cute guy at school and you hooked up with him, but, I mean, you know he wasn't into her.

You realise that everyone has someone else: dad has a new girlfriend, mum is on a hot date, your friends are at said party, the cute guy won't call you back and even grandpa has a social life! You're sitting alone in your room, having just
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I have been hearing about this book for a while now and have wanted to read it since I have been able to get my hands on it and now that I have, I don’t know why I was really rushing. I understand the hype that surrounded this book. The cover is great and vibrant and colourful, the impression of the book makes you want to dig right in and the book is from an author who has other books. I think it was just a little bit underwhelming in the end.
The story follows MC, Marie-Claude, and a couple of h
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Most people have sent a message or made a nasty comment that they later regretted, and most of us have felt excluded from our group of friends at one time or another. My Life as a Hashtag looks at what can happen when you make a mistake and everyone you know finds out about it. The social politics of teenage life can be difficult to navigate, and it is wonderful to see the nuances and challenges of the relationships between friends examined. MC is a delightfully flawed protagonist who finds hers ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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Alana  Eising
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a special place in my heart for YA, and especially Aus YA. I picked this one up in the bookshop where I work, and didn't want to put it down--so I bought it, despite definitely not needing any more books. And I cried. Laughed, too. The story is fast-paced and compelling with an original voice. The characters are fabulously flawed, and just plain fabulous. Towards the end I really didn't see how Williams was going to tie everything up without a deus ex machina, but I was pleasantly surpris ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-work
An entertaining and thought-provoking insight into teen social media use gone bad. What a minefield our young people have to tread these days. Another very good YA book from a very good author.

I've given it 3 rather than 4 stars however due to the possible ripping off of a "coincidence" anecdote from the This American Life podcast series (1 March 2013). Frustrating and unnecessary, it wasn't even a minor plot point so why borrow so heavily from another source? It distracted me from an otherwise
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Gabrielle Williams has worked in recording studios, advertising and television. Her first novel for young adults, Beatle Meets Destiny, was shortlisted for two literary awards in 2010. Her new book, 'The Guy The Girl The Artist & His Ex' is currently rating on Goodreads @ 4.48 stars out of 5 (which she's thrilled about). If you're interested in great books (no crap), see Gab's blog called book ...more
“I was going to have the worst night of my life, and they should be there for it. That was what friends did for each other.” 0 likes
“I felt like I'd been angry for months now and suddenly I realised that I didn't need to be. Everyone had shit times. It was just life.” 0 likes
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