Donna Cooner establishes herself as our own Jodi Picoult in this timely tale of sisters, loss, and redemption.Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos -- Torrey's perfect world implodes. Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn't know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey's internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there's Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?
In a story about loss, sensationalism, and the double-edged sword of fame, pretty, popular Torrey has "cultivated a loyal following" by posting beauty tips and "haul videos" (showing off recent purchases) online as Beautystarz15. After a drunk driver kills her younger sister, Torrey's views surge into the millions, even though she hasn't uploaded a video since the tragedy. Moving with her parents from Colorado to Texas, Torrey tries to retain her social status but is plagued by nightmares and insensitive online comments, especially after a video leaks, showing her fighting with her sister the day of the accident. When Torrey meets handsome Luis, the outcast son of a funeral home owner, they form a close and candid bond that will never fly with the popular girls at her new school. She also must decide how to handle her return to being Beautystarz15 and grapple with her grief both personally and publically. While Cooner (Skinny) builds Torrey's emotional life skillfully and tackles complex moral questions, the ideas she introduces are not explored in enough depth to make Torrey's transformation entirely believable. Ages 12 up.
Most amazing book ever!!
I have read this book and just can't look away. It was very real and I love all the drama! From trying to be popular and hide her sisters death from everyone this is an amazing book. There is a character that works with the dead that the character likes. There is also a lot of drama with the popular girls. Her best friend post a video of her arguing right before her sisters death. This was an overall great book and you should read it!!
Can't Look Away
In the novel, Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner, Internet famous, Torrey Grey, goes through a many tough times. Having to deal with her sisters death and acceptance at a new school leads her through many ups and downs. She has to make hard decisions about friends and deal with the past. She has to face the fact that she has made some bad choices and can't go back and fix them. As I read the book I was really impressed. I felt as if I was in the book living the emotions. The book takes many turns, and some may even surprise you. Can't Look Away made me not want to look away and to try to find out what happens next. There is never a time that there isn't something interesting going on. When I turned the page for another chapter and saw the Acknowledgments I was almost in tears.
Can't look away
I have the real book I read it twice