Review: Viral


Title: Viral

Author: Helen Fitzgerald

Expected release date: February 2, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

This is a good book, a fast and easy read (I finished it in under 24 hours), the curiosity of what would happen, what the characters would do propelled me to keep going.

There’s a good amount of foul language and some explicit descriptions in the book, more than I’m used to, but way less than in a rap lyrics, for example.

The premise of Viral is an interesting and current one: what would you do if the most embarrassing/humiliating moment of your life was caught on camera, posted on Youtube and gone viral?

Su, the teenage ‘star’ or the viral video, did what I considered the most expected thing – she ran and hid. And that’s how the story starts.

I don’t know if the author did it on purpose or not, but almost all the characters seemed mercurial to me, and I reached the ending not really knowing who they were. The only exception was the father, Bernie. He was consistent throughout the story and very likable. Su, Ruth (the mother), and Leah (the sister) are still a mystery to me.

Plot wise, it was fun, although a little exaggerated. It reminded me of soap operas or Shonda Rhimes crazy Scandal plots.


I’d like to thank NetGalley, Faber and Faber Ltd and author Helen Fitzgerald for providing me with an ARC of Viral in exchange for an honest review.


Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.