Random – book review

Random by Tom Leveen

Random is a heart-stopping and unputdownable book by Tom Leveen.

Late one night, Tori receives a phone random phone call. It’s a wrong number, but the caller wants to talk, so she stays on the line.

He asks for one thing – a reason not to kill himself.

If the caller is serious about what he says, this will be the second time a person connected to Tori has taken their life. And the first might just land her in jail. After her Facebook page becomes a major part of the tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can’t help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if he isn’t? Her words alone could hold the power of life or death. With time ticking, Tori has little time to save the stranger, and maybe also redeem herself in the process.

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I’m surprised by how much I loved reading Random. I expected to like it, but I certainly wasn’t prepared to be unable to take my eyes off the pages for the entire time. Which was about two hours in total. Yep, this is one of those books that I finished in one sitting. It was just that good. I couldn’t bare to put it down. My mind was constantly racing and hoping that everything would work out for all the characters.

This book definitely had me feeling the feels. I’m not going to lie. It also had me crying in public and at a restaurant. I probably just would have stayed in the nonjudgemental safety of my room had I known this book would effect me this deeply. And the reason this book made me so emotional was one of the reasons why I loved it so much. I love books that make me feel something. And this book definitely had me feeling a lot more than something. It was incredibly captivating from the very first page and I absolutely raced through it, eager to know how it was going to end. I’m happy to say that I loved the ending just as much as I adored the rest of the book.

I was surprised to find out that the majority of this book is one phone call. It certainly didn’t feel that way. When I think of phone calls, I think of boring. I think of people trying to sell you stuff, or an annoying family member that just won’t get the hint that you really want to end the conversation. This phone call however was the most intriguing and captivating phone call I can ever imagine. It isn’t a good phone call to receive, but it sure was absorbing to read about and I loved it. I loved it in the way that I was hoping that nothing terrible would happen to the characters and sobbing a little when things got intense. The way the emotions could get conveyed over a phone call was amazing. I could so easily feel everything that the characters were feeling, which is why I couldn’t out the book down. You know when you become so involved in a book that you forget this isn’t real and that you’re not actually the main character and the things that are happening aren’t actually happening? Well that happened to me in this book. I really felt like I was the main character because everything felt so real. And I loved feeling that way about a book.

Another thing I loved about this book is that it doesn’t explain everything right away. Some of the things are explained by dropping hints, so at the start, I was a little confused as to what the main character had actually done. I soon realised that we were being given an insight to what happened from snippets of a Facebook conversation between the main character and her friends. Those were really interesting to read and from that, it became increasingly obvious as to what had happened as the book progressed. I loved how this book revealed things slowly because it made it all the more interesting and unputdownable. I was shocked at some of the reveals and there were some twists I never saw coming. This is definitely one roller-coaster of a book.

This book is definitely one that will stay with me for a long time. I’m really looking forward to rereading it sometime soon. This book deals with some pretty deep issues, such as suicide, so I probably wouldn’t recommend reading it if you don’t think you’re ready to read about those things at the moment. Otherwise, this is definitely a book I recommend reading. I’d give Random by Tom Leveen a score of 9.5 out of 10.

A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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