Author: Jillian Blake
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Ebook received via Netgalley
Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.
But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.
Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives:
I really encourage you to read until the end. I have conflicting feelings.
Antisocial contained a wonderful diverse cast, with some great side characters. This book focuses on Anna Soler – a teenager who has social anxiety disorder (SAD).
I liked Anna in general, but her choices at the beginning and me mad. It seemed like she was using anxiety as an excuse to get drunk, and the whole book seemed to promote underage drinking. Which, TBH, is not okay.
In fact, she talks about her first time getting drunk – when she was 14. I’m fourteen. What kind of message is that?
Even the parents drank – almost every scene with them involved some sort of alcohol.
Moving on to the relationships. I thought that the friend relationships were on-point. There is some great friend dynamics and really relatable side characters.
However, I thought the romantic relationships were a bit…dramatic. Basically, a relationship is more than just sex, and I would have loved to see more of the actual bonds. I felt like I was reading one of the mass market paperbacks in the back of the book store.
The writing was quick, and made it a lot easier to get through parts I didn’t like.
The ending…surprised me. I thought I would’ve hated it, but it actually spread some really good messages on being kind to others, and not to judge too quickly. And on the reality of how we use the internet.
A bit of a weird, confusing, unrealistic ending. I skimmed most of it.
I would put a trigger warning on this book.
Honestly, there are better books for you to read. Not worth it.