Influence by Sara Shepard, #100 review (!!!!!)

Publication date : 5 January 2021

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, 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.

What is reality in a world where content creators control what they want you to see?

Oh gosh, this is my 100th review!!! Let’s start it with being honest. As a book reviewer, you might read books that you don’t like no matter how much you shift your perspective to understand the book. This is one of those books. This book was such a chaotic mess. It really wasn’t for me. The writing style was like a middle grade book but the book setting was in a YA World. If you enjoy reading dialogues and conversations or fast reads, you might get through this. Keyword : fast reads, read in a fast pace. However, the plot may seem fast based on the amount of drama and scandal, it is actually quite slow. The mystery part didn’t kick in until the 3/4 of the book. Even then, it was messily written and poorly developed, it was like an outline of potential. I think if the author started the book with the mystery scene as a “future” then revert to the “past” to tell the story where is started – Delilah, Puppy Girl moving to LA, new in the Influence industry. It would make readers more anticipating for the mystery. Influence was a 80% drama and 80% mystery book. It also shed some light on the negatives of social media plus the superficial content. At times it seems over exaggerated. Then again, what is reality in a world where content creators control what they want you to see?

Mystery and thriller has been done before in this setting. I think that many people having followed Youtubers since the start of the YouTube era (myself included), fans have seen them grow through their struggles. They know some of the behind the scenes like how there are characters and different faces or scripted plots for “candid vlogs”. But what they don’t know is the business side of YouTube / Influencer. I was hoping for the reality side of the Social Media Influencer Career and the business workings behind the scene since the author consulted an influencer for her book. I think that the mystery and unknown behind the industry makes a lot of people intrigued since this industry is more or less a decade old only thus it is very new career in the world. I feel that it was a missed opportunity… There is a story potential there. “Influence” barely scratched the surface of the iceberg that is Social Media.

I like that this book shed light on the subject of authenticity, LGBT, bullying & the thin veil of reality VS fiction in Social Media and how most things we see online are fake/ staged.

I think that when someone sends you a book, you owe it to yourself and them to write an honest review with your honest thoughts even though you don’t like the book. Thank you @times.reads for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. ❤️🙆‍♀️

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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