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 🙂
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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