Kids’ Book Review: Review: Selfie

Tully is more than surprised when popular Instagram
personality Dene, approaches her offering friendship. Before Tully realises how
little time has passed, they are best buddies.

Dene is magnetising. An Influencer of great skill,
propelled ever forward by her exploitive mother.

Tully basks in the glow of Dene’s interest and radiant
personality. Never having had a friend with whom to share private things, and
still searching for her place in the world, Tully allows this new relationship to
swallow her.

Overwhelmed by the artificial world which Dene
lives and breathes, she abandons long-time friend Kira, and allows her own significant
artistic ability to become shadowed by all that Dene is, has, and can do.

Finding herself completely under Dene’s influence,
Tully becomes outraged when her new best friend withdraws her interest.

Who is Dene really? Her outer image is one of
success, fame, and love of material possessions.

But is it possible that someone different may be hiding
behind this glamorous facade?

Can Tully manage to return to reality? If so, will
there be room for Dene there?

The prose appears to me to be presented in two opposing
sections; a forceful, chaotic one that describes the power and influence of one
person over another and the damage that can cause, then smooth and subdued,
where Tully works to recover her true self again.

Well written and interesting, Webster has done a superb
job of subtlety presenting the pretentious side of Social media and the crafty
way it steals reality from those easily influenced.

Title: Selfie
Author: Allayne L Webster
Publisher: Text Publishing, $19.99
Publication Date: 4 April 2023
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922790194
For ages: 10 – 14
Type: Middle Grade Fiction


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