Review

Review: Influence

Title: Influence
Author: Sara Shepard & Lilia Buckingham
Release date: January 5th, 2021
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

“After a video she makes goes viral, everyone knows Delilah Rollins. And now that she’s in LA, Delilah’s standing on the edge of something incredible. Everything is going to change. She has no idea how much.

Jasmine Walters-Diaz grew up in the spotlight. A child star turned media darling, the posts of her in her classic Lulu C. rainbow skirt practically break the Internet. But if the world knew who Jasmine really was, her perfect life? Canceled.

Fiona Jacobs is so funny–the kind of girl for whom a crowd parts–no wonder she’s always smiling! But on the inside? The girl’s a hot mess. And when someone comes out of the shadows with a secret from her past, it’s one that won’t just embarrass Fiona: it will ruin her.

Who wouldn’t want to be Scarlet Leigh? Just look at her Instagram. Scarlet isn’t just styled to perfection: she is perfection. Scarlet has a gorgeous, famous boyfriend named Jack and there’s a whole fanbase about their ship. To everyone watching online, their lives seem perfect . . . but are they really? The sun is hot in California . . . and someone’s going to get burned.”


Review:

I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I’ve never read any of Sara Shepard’s books, but this was such a fun, quick mystery read.

This story follows four different influencer girls in LA, and we’re thrown right into their celebrity lifestyle and drama. I’ll admit, this type of influencer culture is something I totally don’t understand, and half the time I see influencers and can never figure out what they’re famous for, but anyway, this book brings the scene to life and drags you right into it.

It was easy to get immersed in each girl’s life and want to keep flipping pages to see what happened next. The book begins from the perspective of a dead girl, and then we’re thrown into the story a month beforehand, except who don’t know who dies. It was an exciting plot and there was definitely no lack of drama.

This book was darker than I expected too, and brought a lot of the issues that come along with the social media lifestyle. This was really exemplified in a twist at the end, and as much as I was first confused about why that person would’ve done that, it turned into a dark message which really made me appreciate the book.

Overall, this is a great book to binge-read and keep flipping pages. It isn’t one that’ll leave a lasting impression on me, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

*ARC received at OLA Superconference*


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