Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham || Review


Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham

Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham
Publisher: Atom
Publication Date: January 12th, 2021 (First published: June 30th, 2020)
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Thank you Pansing for the review copy in return for an honest review
Rating: 4


Get ready to delve into the world of teen influencers like you've never done before--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Sara Shepard and sixteen-year-old actress and social media personality Lilia Buckingham comes a twisty mystery that takes place in the fiercely competitive world of Internet stars.

After a video she makes goes viral, everyone knows Delilah Rollins. And now that she's in LA, Delilah's standing on the edge of something incredible. Everything is going to change. She has no idea how much.

Jasmine Walters-Diaz grew up in the spotlight. A child star turned media darling, the posts of her in her classic Lulu C. rainbow skirt practically break the Internet. But if the world knew who Jasmine really was, her perfect life? Canceled.

Fiona Jacobs is so funny--the kind of girl for whom a crowd parts--no wonder she's always smiling! But on the inside? The girl's a hot mess. And when someone comes out of the shadows with a secret from her past, it's one that won't just embarrass Fiona: it will ruin her.

Who wouldn't want to be Scarlet Leigh? Just look at her Instagram. Scarlet isn't just styled to perfection: she is perfection. Scarlet has a gorgeous, famous boyfriend named Jack and there's a whole fanbase about their ship. To everyone watching online, their lives seem perfect . . . but are they really? The sun is hot in California . . . and someone's going to get burned.

A story of the glamourous world of influencers, a bunch of dramas, and an influencer who has their own preferences and personality but has to hide it from the world. Not to forget, the fans. 

I love that the story is told in 4 different POVs and very easy to follow each of them. Each of them has their own story to tell, their own secrets that they hide from the world, their own image that they hold on to, and issues they have to face. 

To be honest, I have no idea that this story is a mystery/thriller. I begin this without having much thought and not knowing what to expect. I purely thought it is a story of a normal girl become an influencer and get to know all these top influencers with all the dramas. It is that but with a sprinkle of mystery that gives me a shock. Those twist and turns really blow me away. 

Sara Shepard's writing really awesome. It was really addictive that when I put it down for a few hours, my mind keeps on thinking about the book. Like I need to know what happened next and next and to the next. A fast-paced and unputdownable reading into this glamourous world of influencers. The romance between Delilah and Jack just felt off. 

Overall, the story quite interesting although some parts felt off but it's an entertaining read which enough for me to sit still to keep on reading the whole book. If you are interested in this story,  you might want to add on this in your TBR. In social media, we allow you to see but you do not know them personally. Everyone has their own life, their own issues that they need to face.