Blog Tour: Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen {Review & Giveaway}

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Well helloooo there 🙂 Welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal where today I host Cole Gibsen’s Life Unaware! Scroll down to see my review and enter the giveaway! For multiple entries and see all the posts, follow the tour here 🙂

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Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Date of Publishing: 28th April, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
 My Rating: ★★★
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 the lockers in school. Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah. The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend’s hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan’s going through, but what nobody knows is that Regan isn’t really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she’s barely holding it together under her mom’s pressure. But the consequences of Regan’s fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched… Especially Regan Flay.


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” anymore—and everything around her seems to be falling apart. Suddenly, the most popular girl in school finds herself wanting to dodge taunts and insults and getting rid of the nasty words written on her locker.

And if that’s isn’t enough, she’s making neither the cheerleading squad nor the Student Council—something that’s sure to piss of her Congresswoman mother. AND the guy she’s found freaky and annoying for her whole life is paying way too much positive attention to her.

I’ve never read a story from the POV of the school bully and so reading Life Unaware was a new kind of a challenge in itself. I’ve always known that bullies aren’t bad people—they’re just misguided people. And Cole Gibsen did an amazing job showing that to me.

But it was easy to see that Regan Flay wasn’t your average bully. Regan had everything—money, popularity, everyone’s attention. Sure, her mother wanted her to be perfect and put-together all the time and Regan worked very hard to be that way, but I couldn’t really see why she had to be a bully to do that. The book mentions how she was always polite and helpful and easy to reach out to because “you never know when you need people” but then she went ahead and bullied them.

It was a bit overwhelming, to be honest.

I did, however, like to see her transformation. She’s done wrong and she realised that soon enough, and her Eureka moment was one of my favourite parts of the book. Here was a girl who was truly sorry and that really moved me. She accepted her mistakes and even went out of her way to apologise to the people she’d hurt. And that was heartwarming to see.

Life Unaware is a kind of story we need today—to remind people that bullies are as much human as the bullied and that while what they do is wrong, there is almost always a reason as to why they are that way. Ultimately, all they need is help. The book has a couple of surprises, HUGE surprises, that I wasn’t expecting AT ALL but I think all in all, Cole Gibsen has done an AMAZING job with the book ❤


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Cole Gibsen author photoCole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines. It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations. WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook |
I was provided a free eARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.
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5 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen {Review & Giveaway}

  1. Jenny @ Supernatural Snark says:

    I love that Cole was able to make you really sympathize with Regan and see why she was the way she was before slowly letting us witness her transformation. This sounds like my kind of read for sure, there’s nothing I like more than character growth (okay, maybe I like romance a bit more, but the two of them together just make me happy!). Fantastic review Rhea!


    • Rhea says:

      I like romance too! Like, a lot ;P Which is why I was kind of swoony/swirling/squealish to see how Nolan and Regan were with each other. But be warned, there are a few things that might shock you about these two! Happy reading, Jenny!


  2. Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl says:

    I loved that Eureka moment Regan had, too. She was truly sorry, and it’s a shame it took her getting bullied for her to see the error of her ways. BUT no matter what it was that got her to open her eyes, they were definitely opened, and I give her kudos for turning things around. And how awful was her mother?? I can’t imagine treating my kids like that. I can’t help but wonder if kids of Congress are really treated that way. Do you think they have that pressure? I agree with you 1000% – this is the kind of book we need today! Awesome thoughts, Rhea! 😀


    • Rhea says:

      About the kids? I certainly hope not. I cannot even imagine the HELL that life would be for them. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jennifer 🙂


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