Monday, August 17, 2015

Review by Irene: Pushing Send by Jacqueline Ross & Ally Derby

Fitting in has never been something fifteen-year-old Hadley Asher ever aspired to. Three schools in one year brings unwanted and unwelcome attention to a girl like Hadley who only wants to blend in. 
After her family moves from Buffalo, NY to the small, upper-class town of Blue Valley in Central New York, Hadley's next door neighbor Lana quickly befriends her, the two becoming nearly inseparable. However, Paxton Jamison, Lana's stepbrother and the boy with the brilliant blue eyes, has to step in to help Hadley deal with Lana, who is hard to handle on a good day. 
When an unprecedented scandal and tragedy strike the small community, Hadley becomes its focus, its target. As a result, the girl who hides in books and wants to blend in with the background finds breathing is nearly impossible.

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5 stars

First thing I want to say is WOW. I so totally didn't expect for the book to turn out like it did. 
I have been the new girl a few times. I was always scared to make new friends, wonder if people will like me. Like Hadley, I grew up in Central NY. That was weird too.

To me pushing send is about the ramifications of social media, bullying, and trying to fit in. Also sweeping serious problems under the rug.

Hadley moved to Blue Valley with her mom and dad. This was her third time moving, her third time being the new girl. This town is much smaller compared to the others she moved to. So small everyone knows everyone. 

I want to say at first the story was going a little slow for me. Then after about 5 chapters it picked up. I thought the book was going to be about the new girl who gets the hot jock. But I was so wrong on so many levels. 

Hadley meets Lana. Lana is her next door neighbor who has a brother named Pax. Pax is the jock. He also gives the girls a ride to school when the weather isn't nice.  As you read about Lana you thought it was typical teenage attitude. You know how teenage girls can act? One minute they are all hyper then the next they want to sit in their room by themselves groveling. I know I did that. 

Hadley and Lana would have their bouts of no talking. Then boom they would be best of friends again. Prom was coming up and Lana had a date. You thought she was getting married. I mean yeah prom is a big deal but she took it to the extreme.

Here is where things get so tricky. Hadley trying to fit in and all. She wanted to be friends with her nerdy friends, and the girls who played field hockey. Well she found out quick enough who her friends really were. Prom night came. Hadley helped out a few girls with their dress up.
She attended the after party. Claire who was dating Pax wanted to make a video to those who didn't attend her after party. 
Now we all know what happens at parties when adults are not around. You have young teens who think they are grown. Lana found herself in a situation and Pax didn't like it one bit. As Claire and Hadley were recording they got Lana on record. What she was doing I will not say. There was a commotion, Hadley, Pax and Claire all seem to go the same direction. Things fall, people bang into each other. One thing leads to another and some how Pushing Send happened.

What happens the days after the after party tears your heart in two. What Hadley put through with this small town is horrible. How she is treated, how no one will be on her side besides her mom and dad. As I am reading this ordeal, my heartbeat is going faster, my temper is about to fly off the hook. I think about what my friend went through when she went through the same thing. However she put herself there. Hadley she didn't. 

Pushing send shows you how posting to social media and tear a person's life apart. Even if you think what you are posting is true. Once you post it, it is always there. Hadley's mom told her that.
Think before you post. It will change your life forever!!

Ally Derby lives in upstate New York in a small town. She is a middle school student,who loves field hockey, music, books, family and God. 
She has no problem sticking up for what she feels is right, regardless of the social ramifications and that doesn't always go over well. 
She is also a fierce fangirl, and loves to role play on Instagram as @firefandoms. 
Her favorite book genre is young adult dystopian. Her favorite book series include, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, The Divergent series, The Maze Runner, and The Selection series.
Other books she devours are anything John Green, and Gayle Foreman.
Her books are her life and when Ally gets in trouble at home, her mother grounds her from books, *gasp*

Jacqueline Ross is an author, and mother to Ally. She reads almost everything Ally does and enjoys the romance genre.
She is 'one of those moms'. Meaning she is overprotective and pushes Ally to do her best at everything she does.

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