FFBC : #scandal by Sarah Ockler + GIVEWAY

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Welcome to another FFBC featuring #scandal by Sarah Ockler! 

Read below to get to know Sarah and her new book and enter to win an amazing prize
pack featuring 4 copies of Sarah's previous books! 

by Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 17th 2014
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Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...


If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture tagged on Miss Demeanor’s Scandal of the Month page is worth about a million. Especially when the story all those words tell is an absolute lie.

Well, mostly a lie.

The part about falling asleep in his arms is sort of true. I don’t remember the details about the horse, or how it got into the living room exactly, but judging from the smell that morning, that part’s true too. And yes, the Harvard-bound debate team captain definitely cannonballed into the pond wearing only tuxedo socks and silver fairy wings. Everyone got shots of that.

But there’s no way the other stuff happened. 

Not like the pictures are saying it did.

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of novels for teens, including The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, #scandal, hits the shelves in June 2014. 

Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she's not writing or reading at home in Colorado, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.

ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

Right now it’s a tie between Supernatural and The Walking Dead

The Lord of the Rings (all 3parts)

Let Down by Radiohead


Dean Winchester from Supernatural. But, like most fictional boyfriends, his boyfriend qualities don’t exactly translate from the screen to real life! I mean, would you really want to date someone who was constantly battling evil and driving too fast and drinking booze for breakfast and checking out other women? Probably not. But he sure is fun to watch on TV! ;-)

“Not all those who wander are lost.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

I fangirl over authors all the time, but last summer I had the opportunity to meet (and hug!) Michael Rooker, who plays Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead, and I was about one breath away from a total fangirl meltdown. J And if I ever met Jensen Ackles from Supernatural? Forget it! I’d go full-on crazy for that.

Anais Nin. Honestly, I’d probably fangirl all over her, too. But I’d try really hard to keep it classy and cool.

Thank you so much for reading and supporting #scandal, and for all you do to share your love of books with the world!

Hi Sarah! We are really happy to host you in our FFBC. We are super excited to have #scandal as part of our FFBC.

#scandal is kind of a mashup. Partly satire, partly serious, partly funny, a little mystery, a dash of romance. But it’s mostly about one slightly outcast girl coming to terms with her own judgmental ways in the aftermath of a social media scandal that she unwittingly caused. Sure, she’s the victim – someone stole her phone and posted incriminating pictures to her Facebook account – but the scandal forces her to really look at the things she’s done, said, and believed up to that point in her life – things that have harmed her friends and fellow classmates, and things she needs to come to terms with if she has any chance at a happy life.

I didn’t have to research anything too crazy, but I did have to research something I’ve had absolutely no experience with: school cyberbullying policies. There was no social media when I was a teen. No web. No cell phones or cell cameras or text messages. These days, most schools have specific rules and protocols in place to deal with any kind of on-campus cyberbullying. But, as Lucy learns in #scandal, often times the school can’t really do much for the victims, particularly if the bullying isn’t happening on school property or during school hours, or if they can’t figure out the source. That’s why Lucy decides to take matters into her own hands… for better or for worse!

Judgmental. Vulnerable. Conflicted. Love-struck. Evolving.

Aside from kissing scenes, which I always love to write, I had a lot of fun crafting Miss Demeanor’s Facebook posts, which appear randomly throughout the story. She’s the official high school gossip columnist of Lucy’s school, Lavender Oaks, and she’s got her own special brand of snark—not to mention her own hidden agenda. It was a lot of fun to let loose with her posts, poking a little fun at pop culture and high school in general.

Lucy would be played by Anna Kendrick. Hayden Panettiere would be the perfect Jalya Heart. I picture Tina Fey in the role of Principal Zeff. As for the other characters, I’m at a loss…. I don’t watch enough television or current movies to guess! I’ll let readers imagine their favorite male leads. I prefer the old school stuff, what can I say. ;-)

I’ll have to go with Lucy and Cole’s official song – Talk Tonight, by Oasis J

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Win a prize pack with 4 Signed hardbacks of Sarah Ockler's books: Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, Bittersweet, and The Book of Broken Hearts (US Only)


  1. No social media in my school days, thank goodness, but there were the typical pregnancies, drunken episodes, etc. Thankfully I was a nerd. lol

  2. No social media in my day either. I envy/hate the kids today with all the technology at their fingertips, yet I don't see them going outside and playing....well, anything. Kids can be cruel and put a little anonymity with that....

  3. Social media wasn't as big as it is now, but word of mouth was still pretty bad. There was a scandal about the president of the National Honor Society who was also a cheerleader. The scandal was about her, another student from a neighboring high school, a party, a rooftop, and some shirtless hugging. It was pretty bad.

  4. No social media when I was in school. But I was 17 and pregnant so there is something scandalous!!

  5. I don't really recall any big scandals happening when I was in school--but if it had, social media would definitely have been involved. On another topic, I'm just starting #scandal, and from what I've previously by Sarah Ockler, it's going to be good!

  6. Biggest scandal to hit my school was when a group of girls attacked this guy in the hall because he was sleeping with all of them. Suprisingly social media was involved but some hiw it took all five girl a while to figure it out

  7. Is Sarah me? Because basically all the answers to the questions were answers I'd give. Merle, Dean as my Boyfriend, my show obsessions... everything. Sarah seems so cool :)
    Honestly the only scandal at my school was a picture that someone posted of an English teacher smoking a cigarrette (and I don't even know why it was such a scandal!). Anyways thanks for the giveaway! I really loved Bittersweet, so I can't wait to read the others!

    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

  8. Only thing I can remember is when somebody would end up pregnant...sad really. And that was before social media, thank God!

  9. yes, social media was involve, and i was on a small private school so everyone was on everyones business -.-


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