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My Life as a Hashtag By Gabrielle Williams,

  • Title: My Life as a Hashtag
  • Author: Gabrielle Williams
  • ISBN: 9781760113681
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • I d been warned in French, no less By a tram riding, mermaid swaying, wolf eaten, peace sign flipping friend I knew she wouldn t be happy if I stayed out here by the pool, with Jed s nail tracing the length of my neck.But I didn t want to go inside I didn t want another drink I wanted to stay out here and see what would happen.What s a girl to do when her parents havI d been warned in French, no less By a tram riding, mermaid swaying, wolf eaten, peace sign flipping friend I knew she wouldn t be happy if I stayed out here by the pool, with Jed s nail tracing the length of my neck.But I didn t want to go inside I didn t want another drink I wanted to stay out here and see what would happen.What s a girl to do when her parents have split up her mum s trawling Tinder and one of her best friends has decided not to invite her to the biggest party of the year, which she then has to watch unfold on everyone else s social media If you re a girl called MC, you get mad as hell, that s what you do.But what begins as one girl s private, no holds barred rant soon snowballs in the most public way possible.
    My Life as a Hashtag I d been warned in French no less By a tram riding mermaid swaying wolf eaten peace sign flipping friend I knew she wouldn t be happy if I stayed out here by the pool with Jed s nail tracing the

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    1. Wow I feel like I just got preached at Duuuude I have read books like this before, and it basically all boils down to the internet is DANGEROUS and it feels like an adult having a little rant at teenagers of today honestly Maybe that s not the intent But that s how it feels Which equates to me sort of sighing deep into my soup and removing this book to the far side of the planet.The message that cyber bulling is not okay is a GOOD MESSAGE And I did like how the book featured the protagonist, MC, [...]

    2. A movement A phenomenon A complete and utter disaster i was very disappointed with this book because i thought it was going to be centred around this post that goes viral and we the main character dealing with it, however i was completely wrong and was very confused when i was reading it Don t get me wrong there is a post that goes viral but it s not the main thing of the story i feel like its just a secondary thing.Plot The main character is MC living Melbourne, Australia her parents have divor [...]

    3. For most of April and the beginning of March I was in a reading slump It s not something that occurs often for me, but I completely lost interest in reading Books didn t hold my attention, I felt restless whenever I tried to read, so I gave up with the exception of audio books while driving, but these are usually non fiction so very different to my standard fare of YA Then I picked up My Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams, her fourth YA novel, and I could not put it down I can t describe ho [...]

    4. Trigger warnings bullying, social exclusion, premature birth.4.25 stars This was, hands down, one of the best depictions of sixteen year old girls that I ve ever read Their friendships are complex and messy, their constant use of social media is accurate, their relationships with their parents and their siblings are significant and complicated and feelsy The I posted something on social media that I shouldn t have part takes a while to turn up, given the title But all the build up culminates in [...]

    5. Any book that features Network has my attention This is the first YA novel that I ve read this year that hasn t relied heavily on sentimentality and I loved it Timely and topical it s a great read for anyone, but especially teens of course, navigating the digital world and social media I say this every time but thank all that s holy that there was no social media when I was a teen Maybe I didn t have to tell everyone every single thing that was rotating inside my head just the important stuff Ma [...]

    6. For everyone who has written they shouldn t have on the internet Thank god my teenage years were over 1999 when the internet was just happening Back when I was teenager I had a diary that I could vent and nobody saw and I could destroy by putting into the fire and gone forever Tough times now for teenagers growing up with click of a button that could destroy your reputation.This should be read by everyone and discussed.

    7. Actual Rating 3.5 StarsI received a copy of this book last month from Allen Unwin with my friend in a competition and I was very much looking forward to reading it because it s an Australian author, from a publishing company I love and the plot sounded interesting Although, when I started reading the first page, I realised I had read the first chapter before in Allen Unwin s sampler book of upcoming YA fiction from last year when this book had a different title That concerned me a little because [...]

    8. A modern cautionary tale We ve all deleted something we felt momentarily righteous about, so the story of MC and her hasthag nightmare is something everyone of us can understand It s an excellent story about friendship, teenagers, families, bullying and social pressure and a reminder that our electronic footprint can come back to haunt us so tread carefully.

    9. Read in one sitting in a cafe, had to hide my face behind the teapot so people wouldn t see me crying Fucking utterly devastating and amazing.

    10. Statement He sounds like a douche I m surprised that I ended up liking this book In between eye rolls at the teens, the entire story made me nervous because of all the conflict between friends Teenage girls have this way of blowing things way out of proportion and are na ve enough not to know how to respond appropriately That s ok, because eventually they get so tired of being upset and angry that they figure out a better way to deal with the woes in life the magnificent phenomena of maturing Al [...]

    11. 4 I think Gabrielle Williams has done a fantastic job at illustrating how something seemingly insignificant can have incredible repercussions MC s story serves as a great reminder to think twice before posting anything on the internet what would happen if so and so read or saw this How would I feel if I read or saw this about me P.S the cover is brilliant.This book is an excellent example of why I am so glad that we didn t have social media when I was in high school as we do today I mean I had M [...]

    12. Good fiction for thinking about power and penetration of social media and how digital footprint can affect one s life Bullying.

    13. Read bookish goodness on my book blog Cal s Constant Raving Reviews MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK I read this in one sitting, and didn t have high expectations It did make me emotionally invested however, so I m impressed CHARACTERS DYNAMICS Let me go right out and say it MC is a nasty teenage girl Yes, she didn t mean for her bitches about her friends, of all people from tumblr to go viral, but she still wrote them If you liked Sam from Every Last Word, you re going to love MC and her social cir [...]

    14. A copy of this book was gifted to me by Allen Unwin in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars Boy am I glad there was no such thing as social media when I was finishing high school Class of 99, yo Or, if there was, I had no conscious knowledge of it, thank God My Life as a Hashtag is a great example of the fallout effect surrounding social media and bullying It s all fun and games until everyone s named and shamed It s how people lose their jobs, their livelihoods, and friendships While social [...]

    15. I read a preview of this book 6 months ago and so knowing it was being released last week I rushed into the closest bookshop to purchase a copy for myself and daughters, a niece and another two for the library at the school where I work This is great contemporary Young Adult fiction, and I imagine it will be very relateable for many teens We all make mistakes and can misjudge situations, however insert some teen angst and drama and the main character, MC, makes a mistake only to discover she s c [...]

    16. Two stars maybe a bit harsh but I had to force my way through this I felt as if I was sitting on public transport next to a group of private school girls, flicking their long hair, loudly talking, taking photos, sharing and ignoring everyone around them older than 22 Gabrielle certainly got the girls voices and actions spot on I just don t want to read about them however, they may love it and there are big issues around digital responsibilities and bullying which are clearly addressed in this no [...]

    17. Two weeks into my 2018 Aus NZ Reading Challenge half of January s books changed, but I got through all four and loved my surprise additions No DNFing around here I also love Gabrielle Williams books, so I ve been wanting to read My Life as a Hashtag for a year It only took a reading challenge to make it happen I was going to have the worst night of my life, and they should be there for it That was what friends did for each other The prompt of supportive friends nailed My Life as a Hashtag, excep [...]

    18. So this was fantastic and horrible and messed with my head So very realistic and captures the online world we live in so well I loved the characters and MC was such a typical teen, not listening to me when I was trying to tell her the mistakes she was making I cried towards the end and then also felt a ray of hope that things would be ok.

    19. A cautionary tale about thinking twice before you post and focusing on properly communicating with others.

    20. Some interesting characters and a good exploration of how messy life, friendships and family relationships can get And, of course, the central theme thinking things through before you press send It didn t move much outside the stereotype range, though, except towards the end when there s a lot genuine emotion involved and to me it very much read like an adult trying to write like a teenager MC was pretty painful most of the time, which is a lot of the point we all have elements of an MC in us , [...]

    21. Review to come on the blog 5 5So you re feeling shitty one of your friends deliberately didn t invite you to the biggest party of the year because she called dibs on this cute guy at school and you hooked up with him, but, I mean, you know he wasn t into her.You realise that everyone has someone else dad has a new girlfriend, mum is on a hot date, your friends are at said party, the cute guy won t call you back and even grandpa has a social life You re sitting alone in your room, having just sma [...]

    22. I have been hearing about this book for a while now and have wanted to read it since I have been able to get my hands on it and now that I have, I don t know why I was really rushing I understand the hype that surrounded this book The cover is great and vibrant and colourful, the impression of the book makes you want to dig right in and the book is from an author who has other books I think it was just a little bit underwhelming in the end.The story follows MC, Marie Claude, and a couple of her [...]

    23. Most people have sent a message or made a nasty comment that they later regretted, and most of us have felt excluded from our group of friends at one time or another My Life as a Hashtag looks at what can happen when you make a mistake and everyone you know finds out about it The social politics of teenage life can be difficult to navigate, and it is wonderful to see the nuances and challenges of the relationships between friends examined MC is a delightfully flawed protagonist who finds herself [...]

    24. I have to say I didn t enjoy this as much as the previous two that I read of Gabrielle s Could it be that the MC MC was the bully even if she didn t realise that this is what she was doing I m not sure while I empathised to a certain extent with MC s plight having been a 16 year old with all those inherent insecurities, albeit without the complications of social media , I couldn t help but be somewhat annoyed with her Still, fair do s to Gabrielle for choosing the harder road here the bullied ch [...]

    25. I have a special place in my heart for YA, and especially Aus YA I picked this one up in the bookshop where I work, and didn t want to put it down so I bought it, despite definitely not needing any books And I cried Laughed, too The story is fast paced and compelling with an original voice The characters are fabulously flawed, and just plain fabulous Towards the end I really didn t see how Williams was going to tie everything up without a deus ex machina, but I was pleasantly surprised I d read [...]

    26. I received this book as a giveaway from Really liked it and would recommend it to all teenagers All the angst and uncertainty of the teenage years compounded for MC by the separation of her parents Of course losing a friendship over a boy didn t help as it split her friends and left her feeling alienated When not invited to Anouk s party she lost it and stupidly used social media for her revenge Something done on the spur of the moment, something that would eventually rebound Venting on social m [...]

    27. An entertaining and thought provoking insight into teen social media use gone bad What a minefield our young people have to tread these days Another very good YA book from a very good author I ve given it 3 rather than 4 stars however due to the possible ripping off of a coincidence anecdote from the This American Life podcast series 1 March 2013 Frustrating and unnecessary, it wasn t even a minor plot point so why borrow so heavily from another source It distracted me from an otherwise good rea [...]

    28. 3.5 stars All these people pay lip service to the fact the human brain isn t fully developed until you re in your mid twenties, but as soon as a teenager steps out of line, does something regrettable, everyone comes down on them like a ton of bricks A very timely book social media, cyber bullying, female friendships, growing up, making mistakes, saying shit you shouldn t in a world where everything can be screen grabbed I spent a LOT of time thinking about this book between reads, which is alway [...]

    29. This book was very fast paced tad unrealistic how quickly putting something on social media can escalate view spoiler From just a secret blog to on the news hide spoiler But it just proves that you have to be super careful what you put out onto the internet It was from the some what the bullies perspective and shows how easily problems can be misinterpreted It was an exciting book and I am so thrilled I could meet the author.

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