Random by Tom Leveen


What started off incredibly, slowly deteriorated and made me upset with the characters, not with the issue at hand.

Tori is the only person in her town that thinks she's innocent. She didn't force her old friend Kevin to kill himself. So what if she jumped on the bandwago, and liked some of the jokes that were made about him? That doesn't make her a murderer. But she and some of her "friends" are on trial anyway, and are looking at ten years in prison if they are found guilty.

But the night before her court appearance, Tori receives a call from a random stranger, and he asks just one thing from her: a reason he shouldn't kill myself. What she first believes to be a joke, turns into a battle between life and death, and redemption for herself.

This novel wasn't what I hoped it would be. It was interesting and had a very powerful message, but I found it lacking. I wasn't attached to any of the characters, I was suspicious of everything. And I believed the conclusion was mean, not moving. Now beware, the next paragraph is spoiler-y!

SPOILER! Her brother and her friend Noah want her to realize that what she did was terrible, and that she isn't innocent; that she needs to think about the repercussions of her actions. SO THEY PLAN THIS WHOLE THING TO TRICK HER?! That is so not okay. I understand wanting to force someone to look at what they've done and want them to change her opinion. But to trick someone into thinking if they don't do everything right, they will forced someone to commit suicide? That is both unbelievable and cruel. END SPOILER!

I did fly through this book, eager to find out what was going to happen. And the writing is really fantastic. But the conclusion really disappointed me. I wanted her to realize the tragedy of her actions on her own, not to be forced into it.

I think the issue of cyber-bullying is an important one, but this book wasn't the best example of how to deal with it. I just hoped for more.

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