TITLE: 52 Likes
AUTHOR: Medeia Sharif
PUBLICATION DATE: January 16 2015
PUBLISHER: Evernight Teen
RATING: 3 STARS!!!
After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. Not knowing the identity of her masked rapist and dealing with the nasty rumors about that night are two things that plague her daily.
Valerie will have to follow ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site. Why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he'll put up a fight to remain hidden.
The book opens up with a rape scene and immediately grabs your attention. You get sucked into the plot really fast.
Valerie is definitely a tough character. She's strong on a mental level and though she breaks down sometimes, she faces school and everything else head on. She's not a pity-me protagonist and just breaks out of the 'victim' role you would normally have expected her to be.
I liked the realistic aspect the author integrated in it. This is a kinda no-sugar-coating book. The author exposes the cruelty of teenagers and how gossip can hurt and break someone apart.
What i didn't like about the book was maybe the length and the writing. It seemed super short for a subject that demands time to heal and all. The writing was pretty much flat most of the time. I say most of the time because at times you couldn't help but feel Valerie's fear and sorrow when she described her feelings. That for me was a great aspect of the book because i wanted to understand her.
I think for me, it lacked suspense and a kind of twist. I wasn't that pressurized to find out who the killer was and even then when i found out i was like-ok. I think the ghost/supernatural aspect is underdeveloped and does not really support the main idea.
But overall i did enjoy Valerie's journey and i recommend it to all readers that like books dealing with these subjects.