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Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 330
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
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Abby and Luke chat online. They've never met. But they are going to. Soon.

Abby is starting high school--it should be exciting, so why doesn't she care? Everyone tells her to "make an effort," but why can't she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she's losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke--he is her secret, and she's his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn't who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don't, they'll never see Abby again.
*Purchased this book of my own accord*

Wow, did this novel send me down a path I did not like to be. And let me point out that that comment is not a bad thing, not one bit. I was blown out of the water reading this novel. The realism, the truth. It's raw, rough, I literally felt dirty, scared, and violated reading this novel. The fact that Sarah Darer Littman brought out these feelings is a triumph.

Internet Predators. We've all been warned about the dangers of the internet, who and what is lurking around there, and how to prevent yourself from becoming in danger because of it. Want to Go Private? really gives you the raw, hard evidence as to what can seriously happen to teenagers in this sort of situation.

In the beginning I was put off with how much Abby's friend, Faith, and mother were insistent on her using makeup even though Abby didn't  feel the need to. The push for beauty when it isn't needed just made my nose crinkle. I understand it was a tactic to use in order to break Abby down so that Luke could eventually build her back up, but reading the first chapter and seeing the influence of makeup because they were going into high school, even her own mother trying to push it upon her, just didn't sit well with me. But I ended up reading on.

Final Summation: Want to Go Private? is truly a rough, gritty cautionary tale that teenagers don't think would ever happen to them. That the internet doesn't harbor sick and disgusting perverts. That they're prone to being stupid and getting caught up in a lie like that. But it happens all the time, especially that the internet is extremely prevalent in today's society and the lives of children everywhere. I extremely recommend it to everyone out there.

First Line: "How can you not be excited?"
Story: S
Cover: A