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Get ready to delve into the world of teen influencers like you've never done before--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Sara Shepard and sixteen-year-old actress and social media personality Lilia Buckingham comes a twisty mystery that takes place in the fiercely competitive world of Internet stars. After a video she makes goes viral, every Get ready to delve into the world of teen influencers like you've never done before--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Sara Shepard and sixteen-year-old actress and social media personality Lilia Buckingham comes a twisty mystery that takes place in the fiercely competitive world of Internet stars. After a video she makes goes viral, everyone knows Delilah Rollins. And now that she's in LA, Delilah's standing on the edge of something incredible. Everything is going to change. She has no idea how much. Jasmine Walters-Diaz grew up in the spotlight. A child star turned media darling, the posts of her in her classic Lulu C. rainbow skirt practically break the Internet. But if the world knew who Jasmine really was, her perfect life? Canceled. Fiona Jacobs is so funny--the kind of girl for whom a crowd parts--no wonder she's always smiling! But on the inside? The girl's a hot mess. And when someone comes out of the shadows with a secret from her past, it's one that won't just embarrass Fiona: it will ruin her. Who wouldn't want to be Scarlet Leigh? Just look at her Instagram. Scarlet isn't just styled to perfection: she is perfection. Scarlet has a gorgeous, famous boyfriend named Jack and there's a whole fanbase about their ship. To everyone watching online, their lives seem perfect . . . but are they really? The sun is hot in California . . . and someone's going to get burned.


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Get ready to delve into the world of teen influencers like you've never done before--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Sara Shepard and sixteen-year-old actress and social media personality Lilia Buckingham comes a twisty mystery that takes place in the fiercely competitive world of Internet stars. After a video she makes goes viral, every Get ready to delve into the world of teen influencers like you've never done before--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Sara Shepard and sixteen-year-old actress and social media personality Lilia Buckingham comes a twisty mystery that takes place in the fiercely competitive world of Internet stars. After a video she makes goes viral, everyone knows Delilah Rollins. And now that she's in LA, Delilah's standing on the edge of something incredible. Everything is going to change. She has no idea how much. Jasmine Walters-Diaz grew up in the spotlight. A child star turned media darling, the posts of her in her classic Lulu C. rainbow skirt practically break the Internet. But if the world knew who Jasmine really was, her perfect life? Canceled. Fiona Jacobs is so funny--the kind of girl for whom a crowd parts--no wonder she's always smiling! But on the inside? The girl's a hot mess. And when someone comes out of the shadows with a secret from her past, it's one that won't just embarrass Fiona: it will ruin her. Who wouldn't want to be Scarlet Leigh? Just look at her Instagram. Scarlet isn't just styled to perfection: she is perfection. Scarlet has a gorgeous, famous boyfriend named Jack and there's a whole fanbase about their ship. To everyone watching online, their lives seem perfect . . . but are they really? The sun is hot in California . . . and someone's going to get burned.

30 review for Influence

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    I am such a sucker for books that spill the tea on the dark side of influencing

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin A. Craig

    So many twisting turns! A fun, quick read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    !!! Thank you to Delacorte Press via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Monte Price

    It's my understanding that publication has been pushed to 2021, so I'll wait until then to publish my full discussion

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea | Thriller Book Babe 🔎

    I had to pick up this book because I’m a huge fan of Sara Shepard. I loved all the Pretty Little Liars books and have been reading them since I was a teenager. This book was co-written with an influencer and it was about...influencers! I didn’t know much about the world of an influencer and a lot of what was in the book seemed like it was based on real life. It was similar to other Sara Shepard books and was about three girls who are influencers in LA. They talk about the world of trading free pr I had to pick up this book because I’m a huge fan of Sara Shepard. I loved all the Pretty Little Liars books and have been reading them since I was a teenager. This book was co-written with an influencer and it was about...influencers! I didn’t know much about the world of an influencer and a lot of what was in the book seemed like it was based on real life. It was similar to other Sara Shepard books and was about three girls who are influencers in LA. They talk about the world of trading free products for pictures with brands. There was gossip, drama, and boyfriend stealing- all the classic signs of a fun YA book. I liked that this book added and element of murder, though I think it could have had more build up. It was still an interesting story and a quick read which I did enjoy. 4-stars!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Haley A

    I received this book as an ARC at YALL Fest 2019 This book was quite a ride! Influence focuses around the premise of four influencers and their lives in and out of the limelight. I thought this came across very well in the book and brought an interesting perspective to YA books. I started out skeptical on if I would like it but at about half way the story picked up and got more interesting. Lilia and Sara write very compelling characters and the murder (around half way into the book) was very unex I received this book as an ARC at YALL Fest 2019 This book was quite a ride! Influence focuses around the premise of four influencers and their lives in and out of the limelight. I thought this came across very well in the book and brought an interesting perspective to YA books. I started out skeptical on if I would like it but at about half way the story picked up and got more interesting. Lilia and Sara write very compelling characters and the murder (around half way into the book) was very unexpected and had a very satisfying resolution. I give this book 3.75 stars and would describe it as a Gossip Girl meets social media with some Pretty Little Liars vibes. If you like those things this book it the book for you!

  7. 5 out of 5

    William Cook

    I just want to take this time to say-wow! Lilia is an amazing writer! I’m so glad Sara gave her the opportunity to share her story! I was instantly hooked! I loved this book so much! So many scandals and juicy secrets! A twisty-page turner that’ll keep you guessing until the end. 5/5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Selene

    How did I not know about this until now! I can’t wait to read this!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Hiatt

    This book shines a light on the dark side of being an influencer. The story starts off from the perspective of a dead girl. Who is it? I had to keep reading to find out! The story follows the lives of 4 internet influencers. Delilah is a newbie and is starting to feel overwhelmed with the pressure of it all. Jasmine Walters-Diaz is a child star turned successful influencer. She can't seem to shake off her childhood role of Lulu C and be herself lest she loses her fans. The pressure of hiding her This book shines a light on the dark side of being an influencer. The story starts off from the perspective of a dead girl. Who is it? I had to keep reading to find out! The story follows the lives of 4 internet influencers. Delilah is a newbie and is starting to feel overwhelmed with the pressure of it all. Jasmine Walters-Diaz is a child star turned successful influencer. She can't seem to shake off her childhood role of Lulu C and be herself lest she loses her fans. The pressure of hiding her true self is starting to wear her down. Fiona Jacobs is successful, talented and beautiful. However, she suffers from crippling OCD, anxiety and body image issues. Plus, she has a dark secret in her past that someone has just discovered. Scarlet Leigh is the quintessential mean girl we all love to hate. She has the seemingly perfect life, but how much of that is real and how much of it is curated for her followers? Being in the spotlight, especially at a young age, is difficult. As spectators, we don't realize just how difficult it is to keep up the persona of perfection, how much one has to hide who they truly are for the sake of fame, and how much pressure they are under. I found this to be a thought provoking novel while also create an intriguing mystery. Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

    4.75/5 Stars as of 79% into the book: THIS BOOK OMGGGG!! I picked this book up as an ARC at Y’allFest and had low expectations for this book. It just didn’t seem like my cup of tea and I thought I’d get nothing out of it. So far I’ve had a terrifying look into the twisted worlds of social media influencers and a great mystery. The characters all have such a realness to them and are written so well! The twists have left me shook and I’ve never been left satisfied after reading a chapter! I always 4.75/5 Stars as of 79% into the book: THIS BOOK OMGGGG!! I picked this book up as an ARC at Y’allFest and had low expectations for this book. It just didn’t seem like my cup of tea and I thought I’d get nothing out of it. So far I’ve had a terrifying look into the twisted worlds of social media influencers and a great mystery. The characters all have such a realness to them and are written so well! The twists have left me shook and I’ve never been left satisfied after reading a chapter! I always just want to keep devouring this book and all its awesomeness!! I have never read/ watched Sara Shepherd’s Pretty Little Liars but now I have such an interest in these co-author’s style that I think I’d enjoy her individual writings and hope that Lilia writes her own book eventually or that they co-write again because :chefs kiss:. I right now at the moment would have to give it a 4.5/5 stars because of how well I’m enjoying it. There are some small things I think they could add like a few more descriptions on the characters themselves (appearance wise mainly) but yet again this is still an ARC and they might change things (??) but either way it won’t make me mad in the slightest. I’ll write more later after I progress more and finish and final thoughts :). finished: yES. tHIS BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE!! I am so glad I enjoyed it because I wouldn’t have finished it otherwise and what a shame that would’ve been!! The twists and turns kept me constantly guessing and never trusting anyone! Also to anyone who is thinking about reading this book but the synopsis doesn’t interest them PLEASE JUST GO FOR IT!! If you are interested in murder mysteries and thrilling page turners and an intense story that grabs you from the start and never lets you go, this book completely wowed me. Characters: 3-4/5 - There was some things about certain characters that you usually don’t see in books! Of our main characters alone we have a diabetic, a character with OCD, and 2 lgbtqia+ character leads and a few side characters that had a few moments! The only reason I gave a 3-4/5 is because I feel like they were a bit forgettable to me personally. Plot: 5/5 - Always kept me entertained and I never wanted to put it down! It was truly a page turner and unexpected from the start. World building: 4/5 - The world was so like ours in how a normal person would see it but through the eyes of social media influencers was eye opening for many different reasons. Yes, I am aware that some of the eye opening crazy moments were because this was a book and fiction, but still it could happen and that makes it even scarier. Some times I wish they would just describe some things a bit more in depth so I could imagine things better but overall very well done. Writing style: 4/5 - This isn’t the over-the-top fantasy terminology and stuff I usually read so this was nice to just have easy names and simple words to read. Sometimes I get to focused on the words themselves and not the meaning so it was just nice to flow through it so easily and not have to think to much except for guessing the mystery. OVERALL ONE OF MY FAV MYSTERIES EVER (idc that i’ve only read two and no i don’t take constructive criticism😤) AND IM SO GLAD I GOT TO READ IT AS AN ARC AND SHARE MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!! Thank you to the publishers at Y’allFest 2019 who had arcs for this!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Hello Again! This is about to be a huge gush fest of a post because I absolutely adored and 100% loved this book. I know the book wrapped up in a great way and I am still over here like sequel? Could we get a sequel? I honestly did not know this book existed until I saw it on Netgalley made a request and then crossed my fingers that I would get approved but I love Sara Shepard books. I read all of the Pretty Little Liars books (watched most of the show, own all the seasons on DVD so I can finish Hello Again! This is about to be a huge gush fest of a post because I absolutely adored and 100% loved this book. I know the book wrapped up in a great way and I am still over here like sequel? Could we get a sequel? I honestly did not know this book existed until I saw it on Netgalley made a request and then crossed my fingers that I would get approved but I love Sara Shepard books. I read all of the Pretty Little Liars books (watched most of the show, own all the seasons on DVD so I can finish watching it soon), read the Good Girls books, read the other series that was also a show and watched that one as well. I am just a huge fan of her books. I do not know what it is about them but something draws me in and I can not stop reading. I love every juicy, twisted, drama-filled second and the moment that it is done, I crave more. So honestly, when I got Netgalley approval for an E-ARC of this book, it moved way up my priority read list and I do not regret it at all! SPOILERS AHEAD Delilah also known online as the famous Lila D. just moved with her family to L.A. and even though Lila is still in high school she plans to use this move to her advantage and continue to move up in the world of influencing. First thing, attending a party she got invited to by Jasmine Walters Diaz! Another famous teen influencer (she has a larger following than Lila, has lived in L.A., longer, and even has brand deals and T.V. and movie contracts), Lila gets her parent's permission to attend the party and from there she also meets Fiona. Fiona is also an influencer (on the same level as Jasmine) and Jasmine's best friend. The girls hang out a little at the party and exchange numbers, from there Jasmine and Fiona leave early due to prior commitments, leaving Lila at her first L.A. influencer party alone. Feeling uncomfortable Lila heads into a nearby diner to wait out the time until her mom comes back to pick her up. Here she meets a boy, but this boy is not just any boy. He happens to be another famous influencer and part of a mega-famous online ship with millions of fans. Of course, someone spots the pair sitting together and takes a photo from there everything blows up and Lila becomes the mystery girl. I had to stop myself because I wanted to tell you all so much more about the book but I did want to ruin the best parts! I could not stop reading this book. I got to the end, there was a solid conclusion and still went online hoping to find something about another book. I love the characters, the drama, the whole set up of peaking into influencer's lives, everything was just so amazing and it came together to make this book something I loved. I have already pre-ordered my own copy to add to my Sara Shepard shelf and I can not wait. I was hooked on the mystery until the very end (I definitely did not see that coming by the way). One last thing I wanted to share about the story, I loved all the main characters (Jasmine, Fiona, and Lila) but I was also soo interested in all of Scarlet and Jack's story pieces. I know at the very end Sara teased something and I know it will most likely not result in a second book but I would be totally ready if it did! I am giving this book five stars on Goodreads (if I could I would give it like 100)! Definitely pick this one up when it comes out! ***Thank you to the publisher for the E-ARC

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Bohnenblust

    Very insightful look at the world of influencers and all that comes with that title. It was written for a young adult/teen audience, but a good read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryanna

    So good! I loved the drama and mystery that was all wrapped in. The ending wasn't obvious and every little thing was just so well done.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marija

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Disclaimer: My review for this book is based on an ARC sent to my workplace by Delacorte Press; all the following opinions I express are wholly my own. First, I'll confess that I have no idea who Lilia Buckingham is. Until I googled her and realized her family was part of the college cheating scandal of last year that Olivia Jade was included in (WHY LORI LOUGHLIN WHY? WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU-). I briefly skimmed over her author's note, and it doesn't SEEM like she's claiming she wrote any pa Disclaimer: My review for this book is based on an ARC sent to my workplace by Delacorte Press; all the following opinions I express are wholly my own. First, I'll confess that I have no idea who Lilia Buckingham is. Until I googled her and realized her family was part of the college cheating scandal of last year that Olivia Jade was included in (WHY LORI LOUGHLIN WHY? WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU-). I briefly skimmed over her author's note, and it doesn't SEEM like she's claiming she wrote any part of this, just came up with the original concept, which is good considering the whole influencer-ghostwriter thing that has gone down in years past. I guess I'll see come June how many people pick up the book because of her name on the cover. I'm curious to know. Anyways, if you're hoping that Influence is a completely different type of book from Sarah Shepard, something unlike anything she's ever written before, unfortunately you're out of luck. Though I do think she's grown somewhat as a writer (see more below), this one largely follows in the same style as Pretty Little Liars, The Perfectionists, The Lying Game, etc. Lots of unrefined drama, multiple fake-outs, a crap load of POV characters, and the feeling that what you're reading will very soon be playing out in front of you on a TV screen, brought to you by ABC Family (ahem, excuse me, Freeform 🙄🙄). Initially, I groaned when I saw how many characters would have POV chapters (4, if you're wondering- though, blessedly, Scarlet's is told in the form of vlog transcripts). Even though I generally kind of liked the Amateurs, I found the amount of switching between characters frustrating by the time the last book rolled around, though I guess I should be used to it by now, given that it's a staple in Sara Shepard's novels. I just find her characters barely fledged out enough on their own to add in multiple switching POV's as the story goes on, but I'm sure it works for some. But that's not the only familiar thing you'll find in her latest offering to young teens- there's everything you'd come to expect from a Sara Shepard book; hidden secrets (that turn out to be not so bad in the end), totally inept adults and authority figures, really specific descriptions of clothes, and of course, so many designer brand name-drops, it's a wonder she's never been hit with a Copyright Claim. Influencer also has the regular cast of character's you'd expect to see. There's Delilah, the ingenue; she's the new girl in tinsel town, her star power is getting bigger by the day, until she's naively swept up in the death and drama that unfolds around her throughout the story. Jasmine, the gorgeous child-star all grown up, desperate to break free of the kiddie-friendly mold her family and management think her audience still wants her in. She also has a secret; she may or may not be into another girl- what would her fans think of that? Fiona is the funny one, she's a ray of sunshine practically, but inside she's battling guilt over her dark~~ past and OCD (Which is actually handled... not terribly? So many times people use symptoms of Germaphobia and OCD interchangeably, but that wasn't the case here, so kudos I guess?). And finally we have Scarlet Leigh (I had to use her full name, it's so fabulously dramatic). Alpha, Queen Bee, Mean Girl, HBIC. Beautiful, blonde, cold. There's a mystery surrounding her, and secrets galore. I do have to mention Jack, Scarlet's mostly-a-PR-relationship boyfriend. He's a prank YouTuber, and honestly I lost my shit when I read that one of his "epic pranks" was "driving his parent's [car] into the pond in their backyard". I mean? WHAT. How is that a prank? How does that even work? Does he do some sort of spy-move barrel roll out the drivers side before getting pulled to his watery death? I just... I can't. Anyways, moving on, Jack with his swoopy dark hair and model good looks (but also, the desire to be a normal, down-to-earth guy!!) of course falls for guileless Delilah right away, which honestly I don't think should be much of a spoiler, given how some form of that plot point happens in almost every book Sara Shepard has penned. Ain't insta-love grand? Overall though, Delilah + Jasmine + Fiona is a girl squad I can get behind. Their interactions are sweet, and I do love seeing less girl-on-girl hate in an SS book (not completely though, jealousy- even misplaced, is another staple in SS books). Another new development, Sara Shepard tries her hand at getting "woke", as Twitter would say. Terms like "triggered" and "cancelled" are used, and OCD is even featured prominently in one of main character's story lines. It can be a bit heavy-handed at times, but it's not nearly as offensive as it could be, which I guess is a win, somehow? I will say that Jasmine's sexuality is handled much better than Emily's in PLL, which shows at least a bit of growth on Sara Shepard's part as a writer. I'm hoping that means whatever book or series she inevitably churns out next will continue in the same vein. Regrettably though, SS writes the same vaguely "exotic-looking" character descriptions that she usually does. Saying a character has "caramel skin" and inferring their family is from outside the United States does not a POC character make. DO BETTER. There are some issues that were presented way more straight-up than I thought they would be. Chase giving Scarlet Plan B to FORCE AN ABORTION (because essentially that's what it was) was brutal, and had me shocked. I'm so glad they didn't skirt around the issue or I probably would've rage quit what is actually overall an entertaining read. I was really happy the word "gay" was explicitly used by Jasmine to identify herself on the sexuality spectrum. That's a big step up from the PLL books and their confusing take on whatever sexuality was settled on for Emily, and the show's predatory lesbian thing they had going on, which they totally tried to erase later on and no I'm not bitter at all Emily ended up with the girl who bullied people mercilessly, which in turn caused her and her friends to be tortured for like 7+ seasons. I'm not. At the end of the day, if you're intrigued by the pretty cover and promise of scandal, and wind up picking this up off the bookshelf to read, don't let anyone make you feel guilty. It's a fast, entertaining read, perfect for the beach or wherever you may end up this Summer!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mandy McHugh

    Oh, how I love Sara Shepard. Diving into an old favorite is like slipping into your favorite cozy sweatshirt. I read my first PLL book over ten years ago when I first started teaching and wanted to dive into the titles that were popular with my students. Oddly enough, I loved the PLL universe. I watched every season through to the end--yes, in spite of plot holes, wild, unrealistic plot points, and a cast of characters that acted more like early 20s than high school bebes. I was totally a Spence Oh, how I love Sara Shepard. Diving into an old favorite is like slipping into your favorite cozy sweatshirt. I read my first PLL book over ten years ago when I first started teaching and wanted to dive into the titles that were popular with my students. Oddly enough, I loved the PLL universe. I watched every season through to the end--yes, in spite of plot holes, wild, unrealistic plot points, and a cast of characters that acted more like early 20s than high school bebes. I was totally a Spencer with Hannah's fashion sense. For all these reasons, I was THRILLED to receive an eARC of Influence. Shepard has proven she's got a deliciously evil handle on upper-class girl world, but I was curious to see how a co-written work would go, especially when the co-author is an Insta-famous "influencer," for lack of a better word. Delilah is a junior influencer, famous for saving a dog from a fire. Fiona is popular, on the cusp of having her first ABC pilot. Jasmine is the trademarked Disney star, with a cult following, tight regiments, and no freedom, who desperately wants to branch out and grow up. Above them all is Scarlet, one of the most popular Insta stars, with millions of followers, a YouTube ship, and a chance to take her fame to the next level. What none of them know is a murder is about to shake their worlds, and one of them won't make it out alive. This book has everything attention-grabbing: fame, money, television, beautiful girls famous for being...well, beautiful. Most importantly, drama. ALL THE DRAMA. These girls have secrets, hold grudges, and play amateur detective when things go south. It has all the makings of a Freeform hit, and with good reason. Shepard and Buckingham create a world of jealousy and beauty that is both realistic and, at times, gross. And when I say gross, I mean how did we get to this point? Where Influencers have as much if not more clout than established Hollywood celebrities. The transition of reality TV from a guilty pleasure to a domestic mainstay is fascinating, and this book would not be possible if it weren't based in truth. How many Buzzfeed articles are devoted to Insta-worthy places? Or people? Or covering the drama between your favorite makeup YouTuber? Rarely do we get a peak behind the curtain, but Influence gives us just that. One point I want to make if you're on the fence, sometimes this genre can be daunting to read. The slang, the conversational tone--I understand that it's not everyone's cup of tea. However, I did not find this annoying or exaggerated. I quite enjoyed the banter between the characters, and the use of slang wasn't overkill, a solid narrative with excellent pacing. I can see this being the new PLL, but I'm hesitant to throw that phrase around because these girls are playing in a different league. Influence is fun, flirty, and scandalous. If you're looking for a lighthearted read, especially in a time when it pays to take your mind off the constant Corona coverage, this is the book for you. Huge thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children's for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review consideration.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Marie

    pretty little liars for the millennial generation? just what this social media, vlogging obsessed society ordered! as soon as i saw that sara shepard had a new book up on netgalley, i hit the request button in the blink of an eye. i have been a fan of sara’s since the first book in her PLL series hit shelves, and have been religiously reading her books throughout the years since. i was further intrigued by this latest book when i glimpsed the synopsis and read that it centered around the glitzy w pretty little liars for the millennial generation? just what this social media, vlogging obsessed society ordered! as soon as i saw that sara shepard had a new book up on netgalley, i hit the request button in the blink of an eye. i have been a fan of sara’s since the first book in her PLL series hit shelves, and have been religiously reading her books throughout the years since. i was further intrigued by this latest book when i glimpsed the synopsis and read that it centered around the glitzy world of social media stars and influencers and the like. especially when i saw that an actual influencer, lilia buckingham, co-authored and added some of her own influence to the pages of this novel (haha see what i did there? no pun intended. okay, maybe just a little.) influencers and vloggers have gained in such popularity over the past few years, and while i must admit i don’t know much about many of them and don’t really watch many of them, i have watched a few videos here and there on youtube, if only out of curiosity (here’s to looking at you teala and sierra!) and must admit there is something alluring and fascinating about the lives they lead. it all looks so glamorous and carefree and easy. ‘influence’ shows us both the glamorous and ugly side of the competitively glittery, glitzy world of internet stars and influencers. in typical sara shepard fashion, this book is a juicy, scandalous tale filled with dark secrets, drama, jealousy, betrayal, shocking revelations, and even murder. each of the characters that this book centers around is a famous influencer with something to hide, and as you continue to read, you are left to wonder who has the most to hide and what lengths they are willing to go to to keep their secrets from coming out on social media and thus to their fans and the world. while this book was enjoyable and fun to read, i have to admit that it wasn’t quite my favorite sara shepard book out of them all so far. even with that being said, i feel that this is the perfect read for the upcoming younger generation of sara shepard fans, as it is both a fun, but cautioning tale of the darkly glamorous world of social media and what lurks behind the scenes. more and more of the younger generation are putting themselves and their lives out there on their social media pages, throwing caution to the wind in the name of fame, and not paying attention to the dark underbelly of this glamorous world, and the dangers that may come with sharing their lives on the internet and all of the strangers (and even people you may know, because hey, on the internet you just never know) who may be viewing their content. all in all, danger and seriousness aside, this was a fun, addicting PLL type of read and despite a bit of a lackluster ending, i could see it having a follow up book, and if sara shepard does so decide to write one at some point, i will definitely be picking up a copy! not my favorite, but still a fun, quick, alluring read. definitely recommend! ***an early copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher via net galley in exchange for an honest review

  17. 4 out of 5

    BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)

    What I Loved: Well, this book certainly took me by surprise! I absolutely loved the themes around being yourself and being true to yourself. There was also such a strong element of friendship and being a good friend. All of these ideas were the foundation of this exciting and enticing mystery! My Synopsis: Delilah has been thrown into the world of social media influencers after one of her videos went viral and her follower count exploded. Her family coincidentally has moved to L.A. putting Delilah What I Loved: Well, this book certainly took me by surprise! I absolutely loved the themes around being yourself and being true to yourself. There was also such a strong element of friendship and being a good friend. All of these ideas were the foundation of this exciting and enticing mystery! My Synopsis: Delilah has been thrown into the world of social media influencers after one of her videos went viral and her follower count exploded. Her family coincidentally has moved to L.A. putting Delilah in the center of it all! Delilah finds fast friends in Jasmine and Fiona who help her navigate this new world and event. After her new friends leave, Delilah finds a corner to sit and hide for a while, where she meets a lovely boy who makes her smile and laugh. After sharing a few fun moments with her mystery boy, they are caught in a photo and leave. Delilah soon figures out that this boy was Jack, Scarlet Leigh’s boyfriend and she’s horrified. This could ruin her social standing as Scarlet has a temper and a reputation for tearing people apart. As the weeks go by, she finds that the photo taken of her and Jack didn’t capture her face, so she can breathe easier. As she settles into this new lifestyle, Jasmine and Fiona become close friends. Everything isn’t as wonderful as it seems though. . . Every character is struggling with their own problems and fears of their secrets coming out. When the suspicious death of a fellow influencer turns their world upside down, the three friends must trust each other and themselves to find out what happened. How I Felt: I really enjoyed this book! The story was filled with twists and turns that I just didn’t see coming. The secrets that each person holds were fun to figure out, and the mystery was extremely interesting! This book touches on the mental stress that people undergo when they are in the spotlight. The worries, demands, and pressure that they face. I liked that this was such a strong theme throughout the book. Each girl has their own secrets that they don’t want to be revealed and the lengths that they will go to hold onto them. The characters were all so interesting. They each have their own personalities and I loved seeing the friendship form between Delilah, Jasmine, and Fiona. As you get to know each character, so much is revealed about each one. I felt that Sara Shepard did a great job of giving each person layers of personality, making them feel real. The friendships that these girls form are a huge focus throughout the story. The importance of being you is shown throughout the book, and I think it provides an amazing message. Each character has these secrets they are keeping close, and it makes them feel fake, as though they are hiding away. The lessons that they learn and the resolution to some of these issues drive home how amazing it is to be yourself. Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I flew through the pages because I could not put it down. I wanted all the answers! Content Warnings: Mental health struggles, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bullying, teen pregnancy, suicide discussion, underage drinking, hiding sexual preference. To Read or Not To Read: I would recommend Influence for readers that enjoy a peek into a famous person or influencer’s lifestyle. It will appeal to a younger audience because of the character’s ages, however, I think that a reader of any age will enjoy the book. I was provided an advanced reader's copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    INFLUENCE BY SARA SHEPARD & LILIA BUCKINGHAM Lila Buckingham deserves credit where credit is due for her somewhat of an introduction to this book about Instagram Influencer's which I gather is popular with the population known as Generation Z. She must be approximately 16 or 17 years old but helped co-author this book. She started her Instagram account when she was 12 years old and started posting selfies with almost two-hundred followers and today she admits to having 1.6 million followers. I fou INFLUENCE BY SARA SHEPARD & LILIA BUCKINGHAM Lila Buckingham deserves credit where credit is due for her somewhat of an introduction to this book about Instagram Influencer's which I gather is popular with the population known as Generation Z. She must be approximately 16 or 17 years old but helped co-author this book. She started her Instagram account when she was 12 years old and started posting selfies with almost two-hundred followers and today she admits to having 1.6 million followers. I found this book to be not to my liking at all but that is probably due to my age. I personally wish that I never requested it. I didn't realize it was geared to a much younger audience. I think the whole idea of it is extremely shallow. To have to care about how many likes one garners from something one posts or who's commented on it with a whole plethora of other ways these are measured seems like way too superficial for my taste in reading material. In fact, as I type this there seems to be a malfunction on this book's place to write a review as this site keeps malfunctioning so I am ending my review now. To have to carefully craft every word, thought or action with the agenda of how popular the posts are seem the very reason this book was written. It may very well appeal to a much younger audience. I would never denigrate a book or in this case the two authors' because I believe the point of the book is to illuminate the pressure these Instagram Influencer's are under in order to gain free products, or whatever kind of currency they are depending on. I take full responsibility for requesting this book but had no idea how uninspired reading it would be and what a waste of time when there are so many good books out there that I feel are more worth my time that I took reading this one. The forward is sufficient to inform. A whole novel about what is already stated in the beginning by Lilia is sufficient. Thank you to Net Galley, Sara Shepard & Lilia Buckingham and Random House Children (that explains it.)Publishing for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. PS. I just realized this was geared for the Children Division of Random House. There are adult themes such as murder so I didn't realize that this is geared towards children. It nareads more like a Young Adult or teenager version of a novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'll go ahead and admit, this was my first read from Sara Shepard. I've never watched PLL either. When I decided to read this book, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This book was an incredible ride. I wasn't sure who to root for and who to be suspicious of for the vast majority of the book. There were also times when I completely changed my opinion, then a couple pages later, did a 180 and changed my opinion again. The I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'll go ahead and admit, this was my first read from Sara Shepard. I've never watched PLL either. When I decided to read this book, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This book was an incredible ride. I wasn't sure who to root for and who to be suspicious of for the vast majority of the book. There were also times when I completely changed my opinion, then a couple pages later, did a 180 and changed my opinion again. The book revolves around teenage "influencers." I know nothing about real world influencers. (Unless Jojo Siwa counts? Even then though, all I know about her is that she dances in rainbows and kids love her. I think the character Jasmine may be loosely based on her?) The good news is you don't need to know anything about influencers or Tik Tok or Instagram or whatever in order to enjoy this book. (There's a letter at the beginning from Lilia Buckingham, the 16-year-old influencer who helped write the book explaining that the book is an accurate portrayal of the drama and pressure of social media, to which I give this side tangent: If that is anything close to true, the world of influencers is going to lead us to a real world scenario of this book, and the parents of these literal children need to start strongly considering the dangers that Instagram and Tik Tok are for their children. The rest of this review will be based on the idea that this book is 100% fiction and not at all a possible terrifying reality.) I would place this book into a genre I like to call "reality tv fiction." It reminds me of those really bad but really good reality tv shows that you feel kind of gross for watching but can't look away from because you have to know where this is going to end. If you're into unnecessary drama, fights, and hook-ups, this is the book for you. **POTENTIAL SPOILER BELOW** I give it four out of five stars instead of five out of five stars because I felt like the ending was kind of lackluster. One of my pet peeves for thrillers is when the murderer is someone who has been offscreen the entire time. I really wanted the murderer to be someone the reader had invested in and was rooting for, so things wrapped up too nicely for me. I get wanting a happy ending, but I was really rooting for a risky ending with this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Carpenter

    I am not really sure how to start out about this book- mostly I have mixed feelings. Sara Shepard is such a big name and has a big following with the success of Pretty Little Liars and the Perfectionists. I was a relatively big fan of Pretty Little Liars both the book series and TV series. I think that it was truly one of the first of its kind to capitalize on how easily a book series could be transferred to a TV show instead of a movie. I think that they were beyond successful with it- which in I am not really sure how to start out about this book- mostly I have mixed feelings. Sara Shepard is such a big name and has a big following with the success of Pretty Little Liars and the Perfectionists. I was a relatively big fan of Pretty Little Liars both the book series and TV series. I think that it was truly one of the first of its kind to capitalize on how easily a book series could be transferred to a TV show instead of a movie. I think that they were beyond successful with it- which in some ways made this book difficult to read. Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham wrote a fictional work of what it is like to be an Instagram Influencer. So you get all of the drama and intrigue of their lives under the camera 'filter' but also add some murder and mystery to the mix. There were many times that this book lagged- when reading the Kindle version from Netgalley the murder did not even happen until nearly 75% in. This was disappointing to me because I felt like it would just become another Pretty Little Liars series that they can write a billion books in and enjoy. This was my assumption, and while I am not sure I was wrong, I don't think I was 100% right either. The end of the book does end on enough of a cliffhanger for them to continue the book series if there is enough demand (which I am sure there will be). But the book does also tie up the loose ends enough for it to be a good stand alone novel as well. The characters that Lilia made up and the plot that Sara put together will end up being a winning combination. I know plenty of young girls and boys who will love this story. I loved the 3 main characters, and the multiple point of view narrative style. I think this will be another hit to add to both Sara Shepard's resume and one of many firsts or Lilia Buckingham. In regards to if I will purchase this book for my school library- time will tell. This book comes out in Jan 2021 which gives me time to see how many of Sara Shepard's books are circulating and to see how many requests I get. http://kaitlynrcarpenter.weebly.com/b...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (3.5 stars) . A group of young girls, all in the spotlight in the influencer game; a world where their every move is watched, analyzed and judged; gossip, secrets and lies are revealed and reality exposed. This book about social media influencers adds an element of suspense and whodunit, reminiscent of Pretty Little Liars. In classic Sara Shepard style, she has you questioning who to trust and who is behind all the spiteful and vindictive episodes. With a diverse set of relatable characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (3.5 stars) . A group of young girls, all in the spotlight in the influencer game; a world where their every move is watched, analyzed and judged; gossip, secrets and lies are revealed and reality exposed. This book about social media influencers adds an element of suspense and whodunit, reminiscent of Pretty Little Liars. In classic Sara Shepard style, she has you questioning who to trust and who is behind all the spiteful and vindictive episodes. With a diverse set of relatable characters all under the demands and pressures of appearing to be perfect, you’ll question every one of their motives. Alternating between the point of views of three girls, you get a glimpse into their worlds, their secrets, and what they want you to see versus reality. I found myself placing blame on everyone and surprised with the conclusion. I feel like I have more questions than answers and not all the loose ends were tied up. There was so much going on, so many lies and so much deceit, that it was hard to believe that any teenager would experience all of this without their parents shutting things down. I mean, when I was their age, I had dial-up internet that took over the phone lines AND my parents put a time limit on AOL so it would automatically sign me off after a total of one hour spent on it a day. I would never have gotten away with any of this, nor would I have been able to be an influencer with only seven hours a week to be online. 🤣 Influence is very much a young adult read but the juicy drama and suspense was entertaining for any age. Thank you @Netgalley and @DelacortePress {#partner} for gifting me with an advanced readers copy in exchange for an independent and honest review. This book was originally supposed to be published tomorrow but looks like it got pushed out until 01/05/2021. I hope nothing gets changed in the meantime or I’ll have some serious FOMO.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Enter a world of teenagers who are extremely visible on social media. This book focuses on a core of about six characters and how their lives overlap. When something serious happens to one of them, a few band together to find out what happened.
 Opinion
 Hear me out. I’m not sure if I loved or hated this book. Sara Shepard wrote this book with the help of Lilia Buckingham. Lilia experienced the world first hand and was able to give insight.
 The world portrayed is scary, from a parents perspective. Enter a world of teenagers who are extremely visible on social media. This book focuses on a core of about six characters and how their lives overlap. When something serious happens to one of them, a few band together to find out what happened.
 Opinion
 Hear me out. I’m not sure if I loved or hated this book. Sara Shepard wrote this book with the help of Lilia Buckingham. Lilia experienced the world first hand and was able to give insight.
 The world portrayed is scary, from a parents perspective. These children are put under so much pressure, from themselves and their advertisers. They need to keep their image consistent so that their fans will continue to follow them, even if they’ve changed from when they were younger. If this is truly what these children go through, I so want to keep my children away from the Internet.
 The actual story was good, once you got through the first patch. With there being so many main characters, it took a bit to really figure out what was going on and to be honest, there were times that I got what happened with one character confused with another character.
Once the big problem happened, the story rolled quickly. It was quite interesting how each character felt they had some part in it and also their views on what really happened. The guilty party was definitely a surprise.
 Overall, this is a great book but out of my realm of experience. I think that is what left me a bit confused at times.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily (emilykatereads)

    I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I've never read any of Sara Shepard's books, but this was such a fun, quick mystery read. This story follows four different influencer girls in LA, and we're thrown right into their celebrity lifestyle and drama. I'll admit, this type of influencer culture is something I totally don't understand, and half the time I see influencers and can never figure out what they're famous for, but anyway, this book brings the scene to life and drags you right into it. I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I've never read any of Sara Shepard's books, but this was such a fun, quick mystery read. This story follows four different influencer girls in LA, and we're thrown right into their celebrity lifestyle and drama. I'll admit, this type of influencer culture is something I totally don't understand, and half the time I see influencers and can never figure out what they're famous for, but anyway, this book brings the scene to life and drags you right into it. It was easy to get immersed in each girl's life and want to keep flipping pages to see what happened next. The book begins from the perspective of a dead girl, and then we're thrown into the story a month beforehand, except who don't know who dies. It was an exciting plot and there was definitely no lack of drama. This book was darker than I expected too, and brought a lot of the issues that come along with the social media lifestyle. This was really exemplified in a twist at the end, and as much as I was first confused about why that person would've done that, it turned into a dark message which really made me appreciate the book. Overall, this is a great book to binge-read and keep flipping pages. It isn't one that'll leave a lasting impression on me, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. *ARC received at OLA Superconference*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Influence is a page turner full of scheming and secrets. Delilah is new to LA and intends on moving up in the world of influencers. She quickly befriends Fiona and Jasmine, two popular social media stars that are hiding big parts of themselves. It doesn't take long before Delilah has her own secrets to hide. I'm a fan of Pretty Little Liars and was interested in checking out Sara Shepard's upcoming release. I went into Influencer knowing that I'm not in the targeted age range. That being said, i Influence is a page turner full of scheming and secrets. Delilah is new to LA and intends on moving up in the world of influencers. She quickly befriends Fiona and Jasmine, two popular social media stars that are hiding big parts of themselves. It doesn't take long before Delilah has her own secrets to hide. I'm a fan of Pretty Little Liars and was interested in checking out Sara Shepard's upcoming release. I went into Influencer knowing that I'm not in the targeted age range. That being said, it was difficult to put this book down! There are a lot of fun subplots to follow and unpredictable twists. It's fun getting a peek into both the perks and drawbacks of being an influencer. All of the characters could use more personality and development. I found myself picturing them as blank faces and would have to go back to previous chapters because I kept mixing up which details applied to each character. There were a few parts that were so far fetched that it was hard to stay engaged - particularly scenes with Delilah's mom. I would recommend this book to any YA fans looking for a dramatic, suspenseful, and fun read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Ivery

    A glamorous new and addicting read from Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham This co-authored book encompasses several common themes of Sara Shepard’s other novels. Everyone has a secret and there is an omniscient being lurking around every corner waiting to expose them. The first quarter of this novel is very angst and dramatic which I happen to enjoy. Normally, I find excessive hinting towards some big secret to be annoying but this was done just right. I was so invested and dying to know what th A glamorous new and addicting read from Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham This co-authored book encompasses several common themes of Sara Shepard’s other novels. Everyone has a secret and there is an omniscient being lurking around every corner waiting to expose them. The first quarter of this novel is very angst and dramatic which I happen to enjoy. Normally, I find excessive hinting towards some big secret to be annoying but this was done just right. I was so invested and dying to know what the heck happened at the gratitude prom! Each of the characters behaves the way they do to showcase a certain aspect of the Influencer culture. My one complaint is that during some scenes it was very repetitive before the plot finally moved forward. The story also doesn’t pick up speed until it’s almost over and then the true mystery wrapped up very quickly. But I could not predict the ending like I normally do which is always a nice treat for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Letty Leal Evans

    Thank you to Net Galley and Delacorte Press for the ARC! Influence is a book by mega author Sara Shepard and 16 year old real influencer, Lilia Buckingham. This book is similar to Shepard's other works in that it is told through multiple perspectives. There is Delilah an up and coming influencer that just moved to LA, Fiona Jacobs an influencer that suffers from OCD, Jasmine Walters-Diaz, a child star desperate to break free, and Scarlet Leigh, the influencer with the perfect life, that may not b Thank you to Net Galley and Delacorte Press for the ARC! Influence is a book by mega author Sara Shepard and 16 year old real influencer, Lilia Buckingham. This book is similar to Shepard's other works in that it is told through multiple perspectives. There is Delilah an up and coming influencer that just moved to LA, Fiona Jacobs an influencer that suffers from OCD, Jasmine Walters-Diaz, a child star desperate to break free, and Scarlet Leigh, the influencer with the perfect life, that may not be so perfect behind the scenes. The book follows Delilah as she befriends the other influencers, attends events, and quickly becomes embroiled in drama. Being that it is a Shepard book, of course someone ends up dead and we don't know whodunit. This was a quick read and the glimpse into the rigors of being an influencer was interesting. It is important for teens to see that social media fame isn't always as beautiful as it looks.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Baute

    If you enjoyed Pretty Little Liars (books or show) you will likely enjoy Sara Shepard's newest book, Influence. The story follows four popular influencers who all have some dark secrets. But there is someone out there who knows all their secrets and is threatening to spill them all. Sound familiar? The entire book had major similarities to Pretty Little Liars, including a “faking her own death” plot line. I really didn’t find the book original given Sara Shepard’s other books are exactly the sam If you enjoyed Pretty Little Liars (books or show) you will likely enjoy Sara Shepard's newest book, Influence. The story follows four popular influencers who all have some dark secrets. But there is someone out there who knows all their secrets and is threatening to spill them all. Sound familiar? The entire book had major similarities to Pretty Little Liars, including a “faking her own death” plot line. I really didn’t find the book original given Sara Shepard’s other books are exactly the same. Influence comes out June 30, 2020. I received this book from Netgalley to read and review. - C #bookstagrammer #Bibliophile #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #books #bookreview #bookrecommendations #booksofinstagram #reading #reader #bestslovebooks #readersofinstagram #arc #netgalley #influence

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kookie9200

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. Very quick read. An undercover look at the world of social influence, as told from the POV of Delilah, Jasmine and Fiona. Things aren't as easy as they seem in the spotlight. Fiona struggles with something that happened in her past, and is being blackmailed. Jasmine is chafing at the constraints of her juvenile image, and Delilah is a newcomer, who inadvertently falls for Jack, the boyfriend of one of the most notoriou Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. Very quick read. An undercover look at the world of social influence, as told from the POV of Delilah, Jasmine and Fiona. Things aren't as easy as they seem in the spotlight. Fiona struggles with something that happened in her past, and is being blackmailed. Jasmine is chafing at the constraints of her juvenile image, and Delilah is a newcomer, who inadvertently falls for Jack, the boyfriend of one of the most notorious influencers, Scarlett Leigh. I like that the book is well balanced, quick to read, and the characters are decent. There's a good bit of whodunnit to the story as well, and that keeps it moving quickly. The resolution makes sense, and isn't forced. All in all, a good read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brooksie

    I was fortunate to receive a Netgalley ARC of Influence, Sara Shepard’s collaboration with Lilia Buckingham that sheds light on the inner workings of the Instagram elite. Delilah’s family has just moved to Los Angeles when her Instagram stardom hits a new level; soon, she is befriending social media stars Jasmine and Fiona, attending social media events, and kickstarting a promising influencer career. She even meets a drop-dead gorgeous guy who seems super interested in her—the only problem is h I was fortunate to receive a Netgalley ARC of Influence, Sara Shepard’s collaboration with Lilia Buckingham that sheds light on the inner workings of the Instagram elite. Delilah’s family has just moved to Los Angeles when her Instagram stardom hits a new level; soon, she is befriending social media stars Jasmine and Fiona, attending social media events, and kickstarting a promising influencer career. She even meets a drop-dead gorgeous guy who seems super interested in her—the only problem is he turns out to be Jack Dono, one half of the famed “Jacklet” ship adored by fans around the world, and his girlfriend Scarlet is known for her ruthless retaliation against anyone who stands in the way of her and perfection. Things quickly get complicated, and, in the tradition of Pretty Little Liars, the gossip takes a dark and deadly turn that keeps readers guessing until the end. Beyond the juiciness of the plot twists, I found myself glued to the pages for the glance Shepherd and Buckingham offer of the less-than-glamorous aspects of social media fame. Lilia starts Influence with a letter that points out, “Our lives are perfect—or so everyone thinks,” and the novel shows that the influencer glamour comes at the expense of anxiety disorders, carefully created personas, fake friends, and a lack of freedom. While this certainly won’t change the allure of social media stars, it may give readers a small reality check about what goes on behind the scenes of their favorite accounts. A strong purchase for school libraries, Influence is sure to appeal to aspiring social media starlets as well as fans of the CW’s Riverdale or Karen McManus’ One of Us is Lying.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Influence is Pretty Little Liars for the next Gen and I am here.for.it. Written by veteran Sara Sheppard and 16 year old Buckingham, a Instagrammer with over 1.6 million followers (an “influencer” as well), this novel is about 3 young women who are deep the social media scene and 1 newcomer who is just rising to the top. Chock full of murder, deceit and plenty of plot twists, I couldn’t put this one down. And the end leaves you with just enough of a tease that I’m wondering if we’re going to get Influence is Pretty Little Liars for the next Gen and I am here.for.it. Written by veteran Sara Sheppard and 16 year old Buckingham, a Instagrammer with over 1.6 million followers (an “influencer” as well), this novel is about 3 young women who are deep the social media scene and 1 newcomer who is just rising to the top. Chock full of murder, deceit and plenty of plot twists, I couldn’t put this one down. And the end leaves you with just enough of a tease that I’m wondering if we’re going to get a sequel (or even a series?!) out of this one! I’d give this one a bunch of likes, follows, tweets, hearts and all the rest. Read it!

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