Tuesday, August 9

Want To Go Private by Sarah Darer Littman

Want To Go Private by Sarah Darer Littman
Release Date: August 1, 2011 
Publisher: Scholastic Press 
Age Group: Young Adult 
Pages: 336

Summary: When Abby meets Luke online, she can’t believe her luck. He’s nice. He’s funny. He listens to her and he thinks she’s pretty. He even gets jealous of other guys, which is adorable. Without Luke, Abby’s not sure how she’d make it through her first year of high school. Everyone, including her mom and her best friend, Faith, tells Abby that if she just made more of an effort, she’d be having fun instead of dreading each and every day as if it’s a prison sentence. But there’s nothing fun about being the lowest link in the social food chain. Abby knows she’s not supposed to chat with random guys online. But Luke isn’t random, and he isn’t a stranger. Best of all, he really loves her. So what if she never goes out with her friends anymore and her grades are slipping? All she needs is Luke. Luke is her secret, and she’s his — it’s perfect that way. So when Luke suggests that they meet each other in person, Abby agrees. And then she’s gone. Missing. Without a trace. And everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don’t, they’ll never see Abby again.

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Abby who is smart, gets good grades, and has a loving family. She has a mother and father who are very much apart of her life. She has a younger sister who thinks Abby is perfect. Abby always gets good grades, and has a best friend named Faith.

Starting high school, Abby has a boy crushing on her named Billy. I really liked Billy. She is having a hard time adjusting to high school so when a new boy starts interacting with her online, she's stoked. His name is Luke and he totally gets her, or so she thinks.

Her and Luke get to know each other over a few months (know each other is a hard concept to use since they haven't met in real life). One day Luke decides they should go on webcam so they start seeing each other. He even sends her a cell phone so they can talk in real life.

Finally, after a while, Luke suggests they meet in person. Abby agrees to meet him because she feels like he has became a "friend" or "boyfriend."

Want To Go Private? is told in multiple perspectives and is split into sections. This book is realistic. Internet predators do exist and this book should be read by every young person out there. Its captivating, emotional, and intense. 

Overall: This book was pretty darn good. It lets us really see what can happen over the internet and how dangerous it really can be talking to strangers. This book should be passed to every teen out there!

Cover: Like it. Its plain but interesting.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I've seen good reviews, and I really want to read this book - even though the subject slightly unnerves me! The things that can happen on the Internet - and how EASILY it happens after all the hubbub - frightens me to no end. It's almost like running away when a stranger offers you candy - except now they're virtual and offering an open ear to teenaged woes...

I will have to check out this book soon. Thanks for the review!


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