Tuesday 12 January 2021

Review: Siri Who Am I by Sam Tschida

When Mia wakes up in a Long Beach hospital with a head wound, she knows everything there is to know about the Kardashian-Jenner family but almost nothing about herself. The only items in her possession are her torn party dress which immediately begs the question, what kind of girl parties on a Tuesday night? a tube of Chanel lipstick, and an iPhone with a shattered screen. She might not remember where she lives but she can use her Instagram account to work backward to piece together the basic facts of her identity. Easy enough, right? Instagram tells her that she lives in a Millennial-pink duplex that would make Kylie Jenner jealous. But when she arrives, she discovers a cute housesitter named Max who tells her the house actually belongs to JP, a French billionaire and he has no idea how she s connected to him. After some sleuthing, she discovers she s the owner of a high-end matchmaking service. Could JP be one of her investors? As Mia works backward through her Instagram to figure out who she really is and find anyone who knows anything about her she discovers an ugly truth buried within her perfect social media image. Is it too late to undo her lies online and become an IRL good person?

Review: I'm still really struggling to figure this book out. At first I thought it was a contemporary YA novel, then a romance, then a mystery and then back to a romance again. I found the storyline very compelling even if I ddi think there were scenes that I fear might have been cut or cut short that should have stayed in the book. I think were some of the chapters, or days in this book just a touch longer I wouldn't still be sitting here trying to figure out what this book was in terms of its own identity. 

Mia was a really intriguing character to spend this book with because she is in the same position as us in that she doesn't know anything about herself. She doesn't know about her past or what makes her tick. The assumptions she can make about herself are based on what is contained in her phone and there we have one of my favourite themes of a novel over the past couple of years, you can't tell everything about a person by what they put out about themselves online-I love it!

Mia is funny and caring and really does think she is a good person. When she starts to find out more about herself once she makes contact with some of the people from her former life though that kind of starts to unravel. I do still think she is a funny and intelligent person but boy has she made some really rubbish choices in her life. This book definitely takes a sinister turn at one point and so be warned the light-hearted start is not the direction that this book heads. 

Although I definitely warmed to Mia some of the things that she finds out about herself really are quite concerning and I think really conform to the stereotype of 'influencers' that people have. There are a couple of moments in the book that made me really uncomfortable including a scene where she compares two men using safe/vanilla and chocolate and the men in question happen to be white and black, that made me really uncomfortable. I think some of my issues with the book definitely have to do with the editing. I think had this one had a better job done when it came to editing it could have been a really fun read but as it is it just falls short of 'good' for me and even branches into 'racist' in other parts. 

I can't honestly say that I would recommend this book. The main character is really interesting to read about and the premise and setting are great but the execution just got it wrong in too many places for me to honestly say I enjoyed it and you should read it.

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