Contemporary, Review, Young Adult

Random | Tom Leveen

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: 12/08/2014
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary.
Format: eBook
Pages: 224
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.

He asks for a single thing — one reason not to kill himself.

The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he’ll be the second person connected to Tori to take his own life. And the first just might land her in jail. After her Facebook page became Exhibit A in a tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can’t help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if he’s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death.

With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a stranger — and maybe redeem herself — leading to a startling conclusion that changes everything…

Review
This book definitely didn’t end the way that I expected it to, but at the same time, the ending didn’t really surprise me.

Random managed to grip me from the start. It kept me turning the pages and, before I even really realised what was happening, I was only about 20 pages from the end. Now, while this book wasn’t completely life-changing for me, it struck a chord within me and made me think about how every action, no matter how small, has a consequence. And that consequence can ruin somebody’s life in the end.

If you’re going to take one thing away from this book, let it be this: Words can hurt.

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