Review: Random by Tom Leveen

RandomPublished: August 12, 2014 by Simon Pulse
Format: eBook
Pages: 224

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 that 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…

I read Random while it was available on Pulse It. I was originally alerted to this title by a friend’s review earlier this year, so I was excited when it was available to read on Pulse It.

I haven’t read many other YA books on this topic, and I think it’s an important topic to cover. I was also intrigued that this particular title is told from the point of view of the bully, but in a way, it was also very frustrating, because Tori clearly doesn’t feel any remorse or feel like she was in the least responsible for what happened to someone she used to consider a friend. I couldn’t understand that at all, and I will admit that I had a REALLY hard time with that over the course of the story. I won’t say how things turn out for Tori or if her attitude changes, but this was something I really struggled with over the course of this book. Tori was very ME ME ME, and I hated it.

While I had a very complicated relationship with the main character of Random, I really enjoyed this book from a writing standpoint, and I liked the concept of the story. I also liked how the book showcased the way Tori’s actions affected her family. I thought that showed at least one side of the repercussions of what Tori had become involved with, even if Tori herself didn’t seem affected in a lot of ways. Overall, I enjoyed this despite my issues with Tori, and I think that it’s worth giving it a shot! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Leveen’s books in the future.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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