Random by Tom Leveen

RandomRandom by Tom Leveen

Publication Date: August 12, 2014 by Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

[Special thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall and Thirteen Reasons Why.

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 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…

A quick read…

I think I finished this book in less than two hours. It was pretty short, but a lot of things happened. I read it in one sitting because I was hooked right away.

I wanted to know what really happened to Tori. And as I read, I became more curious about the problem that Tori was dealing with.

It wasn’t explained all at once–you have to put the pieces of the story together to understand the whole thing. And when I finally did, I was in awe.

Yes, I was in awe. Tom did a great job in telling this story–the whole point of it. And he did so quickly that I didn’t notice that the book was about to end already.

The good thing in there is that it was enough. The book isn’t too short, it was just right.

On bullying and teen suicide:

A friend once told me,

“We all just need someone who will understand us no matter how simple or complicated we think we are.”

Random is about that quote. There are times when no one can really help us but ourselves. But when those times come, we usually feel hopeless, and we need to feel that there are people who care.

Bullying is not a new issue nowadays. Some are just small acts, some are big and very hurtful ones, but all those count as bullying. Bullying is bullying, and it’s not good.

Some victims of bullying kill themselves because of the feeling that no one is there for them, that no one will save them from their misery. But suicide is suicide, and it’s not good either.

We can do something against the two. We can do a lot of things actually. By writing this book, Tom raised awareness. By reading and reviewing the book, I am spreading the word.

Stand up against a bully. You don’t have to engage in a physical fight, or argue with them over the net. The best way is to tell someone who can fix things. The guidance counselor at school, your parents, and other people who have the authority to do something.

You can also help the victims by talking to them, or by taking them to people who can help them get over the things that happened to them.

You don’t have to be a life coach to tell someone that you care. A simple smile will do.

Suicide should never be an option. In Ann Aguirre’s Mortal Danger, she talked about suicide and how it became the inspiration for the book. Random reminded me of Mortal Danger because of the suicide thing. (You can read my review of Mortal Danger here.)

On random acts of kindness and love:

Spread the love! This book reminded me of something about random acts of kindness that I’ve read about. It won’t hurt to smile at the bus driver, or to hold the door for a complete stranger. Random acts of kindness (and love!) can change people’s lives. ❤

Overall, a great read!

I would recommend Random to everyone simply because it’s for everyone. Sometimes, we just need a little reminder that we’re all humans and we’re living in one world and we need to show each other that we care. Like I said in the first part of my review, it’s a quick read, so it won’t take much of your time to give this book a shot. 🙂


Initial Rating: 4.125/5

Bonuses: 0.375

Demerits: None




Final Words:

Someone out there will always care.


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