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Peek Inside Life Unaware

Regan Flay is following her control-freak mother's “plan” for high school success, until everything goes horribly wrong. Every bitchy text or email is printed out and taped to every locker in the school. Now Regan's gone from popular princess to total pariah. The only person who speaks to to her is former best-friend's hot-but-socially-miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. And the consequences of Regan's fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched...

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Regan Flay has been talking about you. 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.

Praise

Review

"By humanizing the mean girls, Gibsen complicates the familiar theme of bullying, revealing that everyone has something he or she would rather keep hidden." ~Kirkus review

"Don't go another second of your life without picking up this gem!" ~Amazon Vine review

"Life Unaware, to me, was nothing short of perfection." ~Amanda, Goodreads review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663972
Release Date: Apr 28, 2015
Page Count: 304
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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By Sarah April 28, 2015

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“I had no idea that I was… destroying people.”



This was a really good story, about one girl and how her bullying ways backfired on her.

“It all started with a te... ...more

By Jazmen April 30, 2015

I adored this book. I really did and that's saying something. I initially thought okay, this is one of those books. Girl is popular, says bad things, and is ostracized. Okay, big deal. I was wrong.

I mean the plot is still pretty much popular girl goes down but, the way the characters recovered wa... ...more

By Melliane October 06, 2015

Mon avis en Français

My English review

On entend beaucoup parler du harcèlement à l’école ces temps ci même si tout le monde sait que ça fait longtemps que cela existe. J’avoue que je n’ai pas vraiment surfé sur la vague et je n’avais jusque-là lu aucun livre qui en parlait. Pourtant, après avoir... ...more

By Melwasul October 13, 2015

Après Le vide de nos cœurs de Jasmine Warga, la collection New Way des éditions Hugo Roman nous propose encore un texte au message fort. Après le suicide chez les adolescents, nous nous attaquons ici au thème, tout aussi difficile et d’actualité, du harcèlement scolaire (d’ailleurs le premier est... ...more

By Marni April 28, 2015

Nowadays, it seems like every other day we hop on social media to see another story about a teen being bullied. It may be a headline for a news article, or it may be a post by a friend, concerned over how their child is being treated. Either way, when you think it should be getting better, that a... ...more

By Meredith June 22, 2015

I really enjoyed this book! Let's see if I can write this review without showing my social worker side...

As someone who isn't really into "issue books," I wasn't too sure LIFE UNAWARE was going to be a good choice for me. However, Gibsen portrays issues of bullying and mental illness without bein... ...more

By Paula November 28, 2015

This story should be on the shelves of every bookstore and library, because it will save lives--both literally and metaphorically--if it gets into the right hands at the right times. ...more

By Danni May 02, 2015

*I was given this book in e-book form through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

I went into this without really remembering the synopsis of the book, so it was like going in blind. Part of me wishes I had reread it so I knew what I was going into. It's about Regan Flay who is one of the... ...more

By Abbie March 18, 2015

(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't like Regan at the start, but she grew on me. I felt really sorry for her when all her friends abandoned her, but in the end, the change in her popularity made her a much better person.

This was a really enjoyable read,... ...more

By Cheryl April 28, 2015

This is a terrific YA book that addresses the reality of bullying and ugliness that is high school, told with characters the reader grows to love and identify with along the journey. The reality of anxiety disorder, demanding parents and betrayals combines with the constant strive for solution an... ...more

By Maliha December 07, 2014

This book is amazing!! The ending is awesome and made me proud of Reagen. Doesn't explore the anxiety disorder in too much details but it does explore earning and giving forgiveness. ...more

By Amanda G. May 07, 2015

Books are special. They're a mixture of 26 letters, jumbled up into an impossible number of variations, influencing us and our thoughts, our decisions, our emotions, changing our perspectives, our opinions, our attitudes, rearranging our point of view, how we see people and the world, but most of... ...more

By T.H. May 04, 2015

This book is intense! In a good way. I waffled on 4-1/2 or 5 stars, because it's not perfect and I like to save 5 stars for perfect, but this book has more feels than almost anything else I've read lately. And the longer I read it, the more perfect it became. Regan's journey is so satisfying beca... ...more

By Jesslivraddict November 12, 2015

Il a fallu attendre les derniers jours du mois de janvier pour qu'enfin, les frissons du coup de coeur se manifestent encore à moi !
Vous allez croire que je le fais exprès d'avoir des coups de coeur sur des livres traitant du sujet du "bullying" mais j'ai trouvé que ce roman était juste parfait d... ...more

By Leah May 08, 2015

You guys, I have read some pretty freaking awesome books this year. And actually, most of the books that have completely blew my socks off have been YA or NA – Paradise City, City Love, The Truth About Jack, Simon Vs The Homo Hapiens Agenda, and now Life Unaware. I literally had no idea I was rea... ...more

By Nancy April 26, 2015

Not all high school bullying books are created equal. Some actually add a couple of twists that have the reader bragging to her friends about how awesome this is and should be read not only for the awareness but for the idea of how change could be incorporated within their school districts.

Seven... ...more

By Julie April 10, 2015

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*I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I really enjoyed Cole Gibsen’s writing. The narration has a strong voice and the prose is very contemporary and well-written. I couldn’t put it down. Realistic and hone... ...more

By ❤ Jane ❤ April 26, 2015

“I had no idea that I was…destroying people.”

When I start reading, I usually don’t look at the synopsis nor remember what it says. I’m just forgetful. Imagine my surprise when the heroine is a real bully. Not just a popular girl who does nothing to stop her friends from bullying everyone else.... ...more

By Tania (Real-Listen-Feel) February 06, 2016

3.75 stars

Lorsqu'un début prometteur se transforme en déjà vu.

Dans les dernière années, mes goût littéraires on énormément changé et il est donc maintenant assez rare que je lise des romans contemporains YA. Mais il m'arrive encore de faire quelques exceptions, surtout lorsqu'il s'agit de romans... ...more

By Ally April 17, 2015

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Life Unaware is most certainly a book focused on bullying. Bullying is a difficult topic for all parents, teachers, and especially, students. Whether you were the bullied or the bully, it is surprisingly touching in many ways. Yes, this book made... ...more

By Mandy November 08, 2016

The realness of this book is uncanny.

This story is about the class mean girl - think Regina George except without the Cool Mom and has Crazy Strict Mom. Regan is the classic mean girl trope: pretty, perfect, and a blonde cheerleader. Except she has a darker side to her: she suffers from panic at... ...more

By Jaime April 27, 2015

Sometimes when I've read a string of New Adult or Contemporary Romances and then I dive into a Young Adult/Coming of Age story I have a hard time reprogramming my brain to get into the mentality of a 15-18 year old. It's then that I have a hard time remembering what it was like to be young, naive... ...more

By Laura February 06, 2015

Regan Flay is the popular girl at school, everyone knows who she is. However, the only way she was able to reach the top of her school's social hierarchy was by lying and manipulating others. When Regan gets found out, her life falls apart, and the entire school becomes against her. Not only that... ...more

By Jillyn May 09, 2015

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book.

For me, teen bullying books are usually hit or miss. I either totally relate or disconnect completely. I'm glad to say that this one was one that I hit it off with.

I think that this book is largely realistic, and honestly that's what makes it a bit scary... ...more

By Kimberly April 28, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Regan Flay is seemingly perfect: smart, popular, pretty. In reality, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks brought on by trying to live up to the expectations of her overly-critical mother. Desperately needing to make the cheerleading squad, Regan sees nothing wrong with i... ...more

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3.97 avg Goodreads.com rating
Cole Gibsen

About the author

Cole Gibsen

At seventeen, Cole Gibsen found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen Jetta and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. It was because of the escape these books gave her that Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to teens who needed to escape the reality of their lives.

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