Can't Look Away
By Donna Cooner
New York : Point, 2014, Ages 12-17
This book is about Torrey Grey, a widely famous internet
sensation. Torrey loves to post videos about beauty and fashion, but when her
sister is killed in an accident, Torrey can't help but think that it might be
because of her videos. The only way Torrey knows how to grieve is through the
internet, which doesn't go over well with her audience; they bash her because
of it. At her brand new school, she doesn't know who to trust and who to stay
away from, so when dark and brooding Luis catches Torrey's eye, she doesn't know
what to do. With the ultimate help from Luis, and a surprising friendship she
finds in Raylene, Torrey learns to accept who she is without the constant adoration
from her internet site.
Donna Cooner wrote in such a way that I was entranced in this
book from beginning to end. It was written with suspense, heartbreak, and love;
some of my favorite things in a good book. There were quotes throughout from
Torrey's vlogs at the beginning of each chapter, which I thought really tied in
with the whole internet theme of the book. Overall I loved how I was waiting to
see what was going to happen next at any point in the point due to her cues and
points of suspense.
The only picture in the book is the front title, which is a
collage of a girl, assuming she's supposed to be Torrey, sitting in front of a
computer making multiple faces that represent her moods throughout the book.
I really enjoyed this book and I think it would make a great
addition to a middle school library as a young, love, heartbreaking story. It
has a lot of the aspects of what middle school is like, which is why I really
think middle schoolers would appeal to this book right away. I would definitely
recommend this book to my girlfriends, but like I said more towards middle to
high school level readers would enjoy this book much more. Great read!
Review by Kara Allison