Book: Can’t Look Away by Donna Conner
Published Date: August 26th, 2014
Source/Format: Borrowed from the Library || Hardcover
Summary (from Goodreads): Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey’s sister is killed in an accident — maybe because of Torrey and her videos — Torrey’s perfect world implodes.
Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn’t know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey’s internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there’s Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?
For a quick summary of what I think and if I recommend this book, check out the Final Thoughts section!
The Secondary Characters
I really liked Luis. I thought he was a really well thought out character that was a nice contrast to Torrey and some of the other characters in the book. I really liked how he was so drama free. Everything that Torrey discovered about him was not unusual, he was just a normal guy. Another character I really loved was Torrey’s Mom. I think the way the author used her to describe and showcase grief was beautiful. She also had some character development that I loved.
The Story is About Blogging
One reason I decided to pick up this book was because of the fact that Torrey is a blogger. As someone who is blogging I thought that the book might say a bit about content and why we make it, and I was right. The book made a big emphasis on that Torrey was struggling to make content and please her subscribers at the same time. The main thing the book ends with is that you should make content because YOU love it and because YOU enjoy it. You may have subscribers or followers, but if you are unhappy with what you are doing, then is it really worth doing? That was one of the main questions this book answered. I think that this question is one that anyone who posts content should look and and question themselves.
I was so disappointed with Torrey as a character. I do think that the author did a good job with capturing the grief that she felt and the guilt, but everything else was bad. Torrey was not indecisive, but she was shallow and hard to relate to. I thought that the quotes that were at the top of each chapter (which were suppose to come from her) were judgemental, rude, and not even nice. I thought that she was made up to be really stuck up. The biggest problem that I had with Torrey was that she cared way to much about fitting in and being popular. It wasn’t even to make up for something she lost, it was just because she didn’t think that she was good enough to hang out with anyone besides Blair and her friends.
The Idea of Beauty in the Book
There is this whole play on the fact that Luis likes her with her hair up instead of down, but the whole beauty aspect in the book/what was beautiful or who was beautiful was super messed up. Raylene was probably one of the best characters in the book, but she was never considered anything but a strange outsider. We have this description of her, as a sweet, cute girl, who is true to herself… but she is an outsider. She is toooooooooo strange to be friends with anyone, and that really upset me. She was a character that was so bright and uplifting to the story and was such a solid support for Torrey. The fact that she was blown off as such an irrelient person sucked. She was never called pretty, or beautiful, only Torrey and her friends were.
Torrey has been through a lot
But she is stubborn and mean
Luis saves the day
- I recommend this book
- I think it made some really good points, but it was so hard to read for me because I really disliked the protagonist.
It was so cool to find a book about blogging and having an internet presence, but that was the only thing I liked about the book. What did you think of this one?