Book Review: Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Posted February 9, 2018 by Alexia in book review / 3 Comments

Book Review: Antisocial by Jillian BlakeAntisocial by Jillian Blake
Published by Delacorte Press on May 16th, 2017
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Alexandria Prep is about to be exposed.

Senior spring was supposed to mean 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 perfect 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:

Sometimes we share too much.

I’m gonna be honest here, guys. I wasn’t really expecting much from this book. I was in love with the cover, and in fact, that was one of the things that first drew me to this book. I was also worried this book would read too young for me. I’ve been out of high school for nearly 14 years and the internet was still young and Facebook & Twitter and all those other social media sites didn’t exist.

But oh man, this book was exactly what I needed when I read it. It was juicy, salacious and with a handful of really touching moments. Secrets are exposed for the whole school to know. From cheating (on tests and partners) to drug use, pregnancy & abortion and all sorts of other things teens face today. Somehow, using the school’s own app, information about students has been released.

The leaks start off innocently enough. A small leak here, then another leak and before I knew it, there were leaks every day. Countless leaks, and still no one could nail down who was responsible. There were rumors that it was Haven, one of our MC’s best friends because he was a very talented hacker, but no one could definitively prove it.

I was really excited to see so much diversity in this book. Anna, our main character is half Colombian, Radhika is Indian & Radhika’s boyfriend, Andrew is Chinese. Not only is there cultural and ethnic diversity, but neurological diversity as well. Anna suffers from social anxiety disorder and her ex boyfriend, Palmer, suffers from OCD/anxiety. It was all handled with care and as much as I can tell, pretty accurately.

I have so many complicated feelings about one character in this book. He plays a pretty major role in this book and while I adored his burgeoning relationship with Anna, there were things that he did that drove me insane and made me want to throat punch him.

One thing I do want to mention before I forget is the fact that this book tackles pushing someone out of the closet. This was one of the things that really bothered me. No one should ever be outted before they are ready and the fact that these leaks did just that, absolutely enraged me. I know it happens, obviously, but I was really pissed that it happened in this book.

Final thoughts: If you want an interesting book chock full of diversity, then you want this book.

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3 responses to “Book Review: Antisocial by Jillian Blake

  1. i agree on you with the cover, it’s so vibrant and eyecatching! i am also intrigued with all these secrets being exposed, and when there’s school setting there are bounds to be some questionable decisions xD glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing alexia!
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