Internet – a technology which joins the world together, today has a devil sitting on the shoulder tempting all if us — the social media. And people forget that once on the net, always on the net. Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube all help if used judiciously, but with one mistake it can destroy lives.
This is brought home by Rochelle B. Weinstein in this book, where a seemingly perfect family, owning and living in their hotel The Ross, suddenly find themselves looking at the darker side of technology. Emma and Bobby Ross, the parents and their twin daughters, Zoe and Lilly, live a blissful life till the night of the twins’ 15th birthday, where an act of indiscretion by one of the twins at a previous party, goes viral first in the school and then in the world.
This book deals with the repercussions of such an act, and how the Ross family deals with it. This book is an eye-opener, for sure. This book is every parent’s nightmare and Rochelle describes the way the family is thrown into the abyss with no lifeline and how they manage to find their strength to come out of it. The author has shown beautifully that every day is an act of survival as the after-effects never stop. She has described the twins’ feelings with a reality brush as one goes through the humiliation and takes the brunt of the comments of an unforgiving teenage world and the other supports her sister beautifully. The twins’ growing maturity also added a facet to this story, which was refreshing to see. The outcome of such a scandal can either cause another act of desperation or cause the inner strength to come through. And I was happy to see the twins coming out of it stronger with an understanding of the realities of life.
Life of a teenager is so difficult with peer pressure, alcohol, drugs, experimentation with sex, that it becomes difficult to find a balance and to find one’s self-esteem and self-respect. Rochelle has shown a teenage mind in this book, how they feel, how they act, and this was a revelation to me. This book has made me cautious about the social media.
I didn’t like the parents Emma and Bobby Ross, or their parenting ways. But to each their own. There is a parallelism drawn in the story between the twin’s life and the mother Emma’s past, which helps her in advising her child and facing her own mistakes.
But this book is not about parenting. It is about how one act can destroy lives and how difficult it is to come out of the scandal, because the world does not allow you to forget, even if you want to.
This book is for parents of teenagers, read it and then give it to your teenage kids, so that they realize the significance of social media, and going viral may not always be a good thing.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Lake Union Publishing, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Rochelle B. Weinstein is the USA Today bestselling author of Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind. Weinstein lives in South Florida with her husband and twin sons. She is currently writing her fifth novel, a love story based in the Florida Keys.
Emma and Bobby Ross enjoy a charmed life on the shores of Miami Beach. They are a model family with a successful business, an uncomplicated marriage, and two blessedly typical twin daughters, Zoe and Lily. They are established members of a tight-knit community.
Then, on the night of the girls’ fifteenth birthday party, they learn of Zoe’s heartbreaking mistake—a private and humiliating indiscretion that goes viral and thrusts her and her family into the center of a shocking public scandal.
As the family’s core is shattered by disgrace, judgment, and retribution, the fallout takes its toll. But for Emma, the shame runs deeper. Her daughter’s reckless behavior has stirred memories of her own secrets that could break a marriage and family forever.
Publication date : 17th April 2018
Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A devil on the shoulder – the social media – a must read for teenagers and parents