Life Unaware By Cole Gibsen
Published 28 Apr 2015 By Entangled Teen
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o the publisher.
Summary: 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.
Life Unaware was really really good.
Here’s the thing about bullying books: they are impactful. Of all the books I’ve read on bullying, this book is no different. It stands out enough to be different, yet the moral of the book is the same.
Regan is a bully. She didn’t intend to be that way, but she has her ways to getting what she wants. Regan is perhaps best explained as misunderstood. She’s sweet and intelligent, but she uses them as a weapon to maybe just slightly trample on others.
I really enjoyed Life Unaware. It was a really quick read and I loved that the drama starts almost immediately. Initially it seemed like such a typical catty-high-school-queen bee story, but the story later unfolds to reveal so much more. It explains so many of my initial questions and delved a little bit more into Amber’s back story.
I really like how the drama continues even towards the end. It made things less predictable and certainly more enjoyable. Apart from that, the whole Nolan-ex girlfriend story was just so brilliant. I felt so much for the characters in that period of time. It was one of my favourite part of the book and certainly one that touched me the most.
I personally loved Nolan and the dynamics his relationship with Regan brought to the table. I loved how he was willing to stand up for her even though they hated each other. His moral integrity is commendable.
Life Unaware is good. Personally, I feel like there is room for improvement in terms of the way pre-outcast Regan was explained / put forth. I feel like she lacked character despite being a supposed “queen bee” (or perhaps I am wrong? Correct me if I’m wrong!). Did I mention that Regan also has an anxiety disorder? I haven’t read much books with the main character having anxiety disorder so it was a little bit interesting as well.
Life Unaware is worth checking out both for its bullying aspect and also if you’re interested in reading more books with anxiety disorders!