Unfriended is the story of a girl, told through both narrative and Friendverse statuses. Once summer finally starts, Madison gets a job, spends time with her friends and her boyfriend, and stops worrying about prom. In the previous book, Madison and her friends pulled off a heist that they nicknamed “Promgate” using social networking to communicate with each other during prom.
Over the summer, as Madison stresses over mundane things, her arch-nemesis retaliates, claiming to make the girl who ruined her life (Madison) pay by turning all her friends against her and exposing the heist for what it was.
Using social media and texting, Madison recruits the help of her friends to once and for all put prom behind them.
Honestly, I thought that Unfriended was slightly ridiculous. I didn’t like it as much, but I did enjoy how they put pictures and almost Twitter-like updates throughout. I thought the pictures were clever because they illustrated what the characters were supposed to look like and reminded me of modern day technology.
Some things that I disliked included the fact that (a) no teenager would ever update their status a ton of times on a date; (b) they wouldn’t Facebook (or in this case “Friendverse”) at each other from two inches away; and (c) the ending was predictable. It was kind of ridiculous all around.
Most people I know wouldn’t spend nearly as much time on social media as the characters of this book did, and they wouldn’t partake in the crazy behavior described in Unfriended. It was too easy to guess the ending and the entire story was slightly overdramatic, but still somewhat satisfying. Although it was unrealistic, Unfriended gets a slight nod from me for being fun and breezy, and a sweet/brainless read for the summer days.
Grace Soledad is a teenage bibliophile who runs the blog Words Like Silver. She is described as “antisocial” because she constantly has her nose buried in a book or a notebook. When not reading, she can be found dancing, writing, or at the beach.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Point. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.