Book Review // Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Book Review // Antisocial by Jillian BlakeAntisocial by Jillian Blake
Published by Random House Children's Books on May 16th 2017
Rating: four-half-stars
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Thrillers & Suspense, Social Themes, Bullying, Science & Technology
Pages: 256
Buy: Hardback/Paperback

What if your greatest secrets became public? For the students at Alexandria Prep, a series of hacks leads to a scandalous firestorm—and the students are left wondering whose private photos and messages will be exposed next. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets WikiLeaks.
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: 
Sometimes we share too much. 

Antisocial is one of those books you’re either going to love or hate. There’s part of me that wants to stand up and applaud it because it is SO on point. People – not just teenagers – put way too much of their life online, or through their phones, but not only that people are bitchy without reason. Every day. On social media, you see people being bitchy/snarky all the damn time, but never to someone’s face. It’s always subtweeting, and I kinda hate it. If you have something to say about someone, be man enough to say it to their face. Or, alternatively, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t bloody well say it.

I was proper into Antisocial. The nosy part of me loved the leaks, loved seeing the Instas get their come-uppance, but such is the way, it wasn’t just the Instas getting leaked; it was everyone. Accusations were flying, and Anna Soler was desperate to not have her messages shown to the world, especially since she just got her friends, Nikki and Rad. Then there’s her relationship with Jethro – torpedoed while she was with now-ex Palmer, but it’s way, way complicated. Here’s the thing: I liked Anna. Her anxiety was well-portrayed, and it seemed true to life, although I am no expert and y’know when it comes to your first boyfriend, maybe things do get a bit intense and everyone else falls to the wayside, but man, did she let her friends go. She was lucky they were willing to at least give her another shot, because that’s a blacklist thing to do, that. Then she goes and nearly ruins it all by sleeping with Jethro! Then she decides she doesn’t actually want a relationship with him! Like howay, girl, get yourself a clue?!?!

The worst part about Antisocial is how real it all was. Something like that could happen – may have already happened somewhere, and the consequences can be catastrophic. Sure, it all starts out as a bit of a laugh, but something like that, fictional or no, can really ruin someone’s life and that’s what really brought the book into stark reality. This book may be fiction, but damn, may it also end up being real one day. Nevertheless, it was a super addictive read. I read it in one sitting, and I really, really liked Anna’s voice. She’s not perfect by any means – none of us are, let’s be real. But I liked her. Yes, she couldn’t make her mind up sometimes, and let others lead her way, but I got over the Jethro thing the minute after I posted that update on GoodReads, because this book isn’t about romance. It’s about friendship, it’s undoubtedly a statement on just how much we as a world are addicted to technology. It’s also about friendship.

Was I disappointed in the ending of Antisocial? It’s so hard to go into everything that went down at the end of the book because spoilers, but it wasn’t that I was disappointed per se. It was more like, “That’s IT?” I wanted to run to Jillian Blake’s door and demand some more freaking ANSWERS DAMN IT. So a good frustrating, and probably the only ending that really could have been, let’s be honest. How DO you end a book like that, after all? This was an incredible read. After a few very “meh” kind of books, this properly got me excited/creeped out/sad. Jillian Blake knows what she’s writing about and I loved every page of this incredible book. It’s a must read for our social media obsessed generation.


1 Comment

  1. May 17, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this for a while but I hadn’t seen any reviews for it until now. It sounds so interesting though, I’ll have to pick this up soon! I just read One of us is lying, which is kind of similar with secrets being exposed and I really enjoyed that one so I have a feeling I’ll like this one as well!

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