Review: My Life as a Hashtag

My Life as a HashtagMy Life as a Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read this in one sitting, and didn’t have high expectations. It did make me emotionally invested however, so I’m impressed.

Let me go right out and say it: MC is a nasty teenage girl. Yes, she didn’t mean for her bitches (about her friends, of all people) from tumblr to go viral, but she still wrote them. If you liked Sam from Every Last Word, you’re going to love MC and her social circle.

I also understand she was struggling with some horrible life dramas including; her parent’s divorce, her father’s infidelity, her new half-sibling, and the exclusion from her social groups. She had nobody to talk to at one point (in which I asked to myself, “dear god, she’s from Melbourne. How was she not stumbled across a school counsellor by now???”). The devastation MC feels was extremely well conveyed and my heart broke for her, and any other teen who has to go through these situations.

However, you can’t honestly expect a book titled My Life as a Hashtag to be some sort of masterpiece. Dialogue included “slang” that of course, teens use, such as “BOY” (better on you), “OMIGOD” (who has ever written it like that? Ever? Seriously?), and refers to Instagram everytime as Insta. I’m thankful she didn’t start calling Facebook, “facie”. Which is a real thing by the way: I’ve heard a handful of Australian Valley-Girls coin the term.

Gabrielle Williams:

This story is short and ends in the middle of the cluster f*ck, but it’s a brilliantly shown sad high school story. Sure, it’s unrealistic as heck.
As if Buzzfeed would care what some Aussie teen was saying, pffffft. As if the internet cares about anything from Australia.

The structure of this book is; before the fight with her girlfriends, during the fight with her girlfriends, and then a tiny snippet of what life’s like after becoming a social reject.

– Judgement
– Deception
– Coming of Age

Wow I’m pretty sure there’s a similar quote in the book. There you have it folks, Cyberbully (2011) and My Life as a Hashtag have the same dialogue.

I believe the outcome of the nastiness and bullying brings justice. I was a little surprised, actually. It almost appeared as if the author was defending the acts of bullying throughout this novel, which was concerning. However, I greatly appreciated the circumstances being dealt with in an appropriate and harsh manner, instead of cyberbullying being excused.


4 responses to “Review: My Life as a Hashtag”

  1. I can’t seem to take this book seriously, although the subject matter is definitely an important one, oops. Slang in YA fiction has always been so off the mark, oh my gosh, it’s so cringeworthy. πŸ˜‚ Great review!


  2. my life as a hashtag: #shehasnoideawhatshesdoingbutshesgoingtokeepatitanywaysbecausewhynot

    this sounds pretty crimeworthy. but Australian valley girls–never knew they existed. “like, omigod that’s totes ewww. time to post on facie, duck face time!” puh-lease.

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