By: Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham
Genre: YXC - Personal & social issues: bullying, violence & abuse (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Little Brown
Published: 12 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9780349003573


Delilah is Internet-famous, in LA and at the start of something incredible. Everything is going to change… but not necessarily in the way she imagines.

Jasmine is a child star turned media darling. Her selfies practically break Instagram. But if the world knew who Jasmine really was? Cancelled.

Fiona is everyone's best friend, always smiling. But on the inside? The girl's a hot mess. If they discovered her secret, it wouldn't just embarrass her: it would ruin her.

Scarlet isn't just styled to perfection: she is perfection with a famous boyfriend and an online fanbase devouring her every move. But every perfect thing has a fatal flaw.

To everyone clicking, DMing, following and faving, these girls are living the dream; but are they really? The sun is hot in California… and someone's going to get burned.

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Set in the glitzy and wealthy world of influencers in LA, our two authors draw on their unique talents to write a real thriller.

Influence looks at the lives of four young 16 to 18 year-old stars of the social media influencer scene.

There are dark secrets that they hope to keep from their adoring fans, and interactions and jealousies that are impossible to hide. Behind the perfect image of themselves that they cultivate online, behind the scenes things are not as perfect as they might seem... And as the reader you turn the pages of this book so easily, and the plot thickens and the ‘whodunnit’ intrigue intensifies throughout the story.

This is a real eye opener into the online world of influencing, that will be loved by those already invested in the online world. It also serves as a cautionary tale about the pressure behind the scenes, about what you can be forced to do and what can go wrong when chasing online fame.

Will most appeal to girls aged 14 and up.

Reviewed by Rob