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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  269 reviews
Get ready to delve into the world of teen influencers like you've never done before--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Sara Shepard and sixteen-year-old actress and social media personality Lilia Buckingham comes a twisty mystery that takes place in the fiercely competitive world of Internet stars.

After a video she makes goes viral, every
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Delacorte Press (first published 2020)
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
I am such a sucker for books that spill the tea on the dark side of influencing
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Influence is a young adult thriller about the pitfalls of being a celebrity in the public eye and explores the sinister side of technology, offering a glimpse at the drama that unfolds behind the scenes of Hollywood’s it-influencers. How much of their seemingly picture-perfect lives are real and how much is facade? 16-year-old Delilah Rollins, known online as Puppy Girl, is an up and coming teen social media influencer from Minneapolis. She rose to prominence when a video in which she bravely re ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
Story: ★★★★☆
I thought this was a fun mystery about how messy our perceptions of internet influencers can be.

Audio: ★★★☆☆
So one of the co-authors, Lilia Buckingham, narrates this herself. She was very pleasant to listen to, but I sometimes couldn't tell the voices for different characters apart, especially the male characters. I believe this was her first time doing an audiobook though, so it's understandable. She obviously was able to be in tune with her character's emotions though, and that's a
Monte Price
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
It's my understanding that publication has been pushed to 2021, so I'll wait until then to publish my full discussion


the book is out now, so here's that review

As a piece of entertainment I’ll say that I enjoyed my time with the book. As a story that should make sense to me, that I had a harder time with.

It’s my understanding that a teenage influencer type person was consulted / was a part of the writing process of the novel but that said there were still a lot of things that just felt off abou
Amy Imogene Reads
Drama, drama, DRAMA! This insider's look into the world of teen influencers was a wild ride from start to finish—and I couldn't stop reading it.

Characters: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★ 1/2
Pacing: ★★★★
Binge-level enjoyment: ★★★★

Delilah Rollins is catapulting to stardom in a major way on Instagram. From her Minnesota roots to her recent move to LA, she's scrambling to find her bearings in a world where hundreds of thousands of people know her name, her face, and her life. Is Delilah really ready for her autonom
Erin A. Craig
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many twisting turns! A fun, quick read!
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I could not put it down.. deliciously addictive and twisted is how I would describe it! Very much in the vein of Pretty Little Liars...Perfect holiday read
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
now, if there is one thing i will say about this book, is that it was entertaining. i will probably find myself rereading this book in the future purely for entertainment value. however, there were so many things in this book that just felt out of place, or that they werent written correctly, that my rating is lowered so much.

influence is a YA contemporary thriller that follows a cast of “influencers” in LA as they navigate the social scene, blackmail, and jealousy in the world of social
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
An interesting story from the social media side of life but just not my cup of tea.
Maybe it was the age of the characters but they didn’t click for me either. Maybe a younger audience will enjoy.
Thank you Netgalley for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I have read The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard but not the PPL series.

We have four main characters who are influencers in the book. Delilah has just moved to LA and is gaining fame but is still kinda of a newbie. Jasmine was a famous childhood star and her image is based on this but underneath she wants to move away from this image. Fiona is famous but underneath this she suffers with OCD and anxiety and we also have Scarlet who is famous and appears to be the mean girl in this world.

I have to
Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I had to pick up this book because I’m a huge fan of Sara Shepard. I loved all the Pretty Little Liars books and have been reading them since I was a teenager. This book was co-written with an influencer and it was about...influencers!

I didn’t know much about the world of an influencer and a lot of what was in the book seemed like it was based on real life. It was similar to other Sara Shepard books and was about three girls who are influencers in LA. They talk about the world of trading free pr
Influence is a book about the "dark side" of social media, with Pretty Little Liars-like twists and turns.

It is told through 4 social media influencers POVs.
Does anyone else just cringe when they hear the word "influencer"? Because I definitely do! Even as I am typing it now there is that annoying red dotted line underneath it, and why? Because it's NOT A REAL WORD! The fact that one single person, someone you have never met or know personally, a total stranger, can influence your way of living
Fatirah Murtaza
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Part contemporary and part whodunit mystery, Influence brings us about the competitive side of influencers whereby fame and glamour top off everything. In tandem with this, we’re also given an insight of these influencers who rather have their life fully driven by public’s opinion instead of living a life they wanted to live. All is for the sake of attention, followers, engagements and sponsorship deals.

Written in an omniscient view, this book has four alternating characters – each of them comi
Trish at Between My Lines
This book just wasn’t for me. I liked getting to know the 4 main characters who are all popular influencers. However the plot felt melodramatic and unrealistic. Plus the romances were underdeveloped and with a strong whiff of insta-love.

I think this book might suit a younger audience.

Thanks to Little Brown Book Group for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
I wasn't really enjoying this book at all until the reveal that one of the MCs is a lesbian which is normally a very sticky situation for me reviewer wise because I hate having to try and decipher between whether I enjoyed a book because it was actually good, or if I just enjoyed it because I'm a little representation starved goblin who'll take literally anything I can get (spoiler alert, it was the second one).

I don't know who Lilia Buckingham is, but I did go into this knowing the co-author wa
Jay G
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
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3.5/5 Stars

Delilah, a rising influencer known as Lila D. online, moves to L.A with her family. She is invited to a party by another famous influencer, Jasmine Walters Diaz, who was a famous childhood star but wants to move away from that image. While there, Jasmine introduces her to Fiona, and the three
chloe ♡
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
- the first half was a bit too slow for my liking
- the remaining half got me *hooked*
Haley A
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC at YALL Fest 2019

This book was quite a ride!

Influence focuses around the premise of four influencers and their lives in and out of the limelight. I thought this came across very well in the book and brought an interesting perspective to YA books. I started out skeptical on if I would like it but at about half way the story picked up and got more interesting. Lilia and Sara write very compelling characters and the murder (around half way into the book) was very unex
William Cook
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just want to take this time to say-wow! Lilia is an amazing writer! I’m so glad Sara gave her the opportunity to share her story! I was instantly hooked! I loved this book so much! So many scandals and juicy secrets! A twisty-page turner that’ll keep you guessing until the end. 5/5 stars
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed, arcs
4.75/5 Stars

as of 79% into the book:
THIS BOOK OMGGGG!! I picked this book up as an ARC at Y’allFest and had low expectations for this book. It just didn’t seem like my cup of tea and I thought I’d get nothing out of it. So far I’ve had a terrifying look into the twisted worlds of social media influencers and a great mystery. The characters all have such a realness to them and are written so well! The twists have left me shook and I’ve never been left satisfied after reading a chapter! I always
Crystal Hiatt
This book shines a light on the dark side of being an influencer.
The story starts off from the perspective of a dead girl. Who is it? I had to keep reading to find out!
The story follows the lives of 4 internet influencers.
Delilah is a newbie and is starting to feel overwhelmed with the pressure of it all.
Jasmine Walters-Diaz is a child star turned successful influencer. She can't seem to shake off her childhood role of Lulu C and be herself lest she loses her fans. The pressure of hiding her
How did I not know about this until now! I can’t wait to read this!
Martina Primerano
Full review to come, but definitely one of the most interesting and absorbing books I‘ve read this year. Highly recommended!
The Book Club
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Influence is a deep dive into the teens influencer world, where everything is not as it seems.
Delilah find that out after a video of hers, saving a puppy, goes viral, after making acquaintances with Jasmin and Fiona she finds herself in the midst of social media drama which will probably change her whole life.

Lilia and Sara have made such a great job at bringing to light some of the aspects of the influencers world, which sometimes we forget about and which should be brought to life more often
gio ✰
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Delilah?” Fiona’s voice crackled with even more uncertainty. “But Delilah’s new in town. She doesn’t even know Scarlet.” Carlson started the engine, meeting her gaze in the rearview mirror. There was a weird, smug look on his face. “According to social media, Miss Jacobs, you girls were all the best of friends.”

(before i start, this is more of a 4.5 than a 5 stars but it has gay women so)

WOW. this was definetly a roller coaster. so many twists and turns kept me completely hooked on this book an
I really wanted to love this - I read the Pretty Little Liars books year ago and loved them, and the description for this seemed so interesting and right up my alley, but I think it just lacked the development it needed to truly work for me. I didn't really care about any of the characters, and it took WAY too long for the mystery to come into play. I also think that everything just felt so generic, and any of the characters could have been changed out with each other and it would have made no d ...more
Teresa Dunivent
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 I didn’t realize this was a mystery, which I am perfectly okay reading. Social media is constantly bombarding us: impacts lives, bank accounts, self esteem, trends... When I was told about the release of this book from our local bookseller, I was instantly intrigued. This is not only an entertaining read, it does give some insight into the world of being an Influencer. This would be a great read for those teens who are all things social.
Kayleigh (BookwormEscapes)
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was my first read of 2021 and is PERFECT for anyone who, like me, lives for ya thrillers and the guilty pleasure of celebrity culture and gossip. If you like bingeworthy teen dramas on Netflix and Karen McManus’ books, you will LOVE this!
Influence is a murder mystery set in the cutthroat world of social media stars and influencers. It’s compulsively readable with its glamorous descriptions and unveiling of the dark side of being Insta famous. The plot is full of twists, turns, and SO. MUCH
As requested by the publisher I will not upload my review until two weeks before the publication date.
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Thankyou to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of Influence, in exchange for an honest review.

Delilah and her family have just moved to LA. After gaining some notoriety on social media for saving a puppy from a burning building, Delilah, ‘Lila D’, is keen to rub shoulders with high end influencers and be a part of their world. When she meets insta-famous Jasmine and Fiona, she can’t believe they know who she is and want to be her friend. She quickly learns not everything is as perfe
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Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line. ...more

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