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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

Anqi,     12   
Sarah Darer Littman   
Want to Go Private?   
Scholastic Press    2011

       Abby is starting high school. So why shouldn't she be excited? After three years of bullying from the Clique Queens at Abby's middle school, she sees no point in making an effort for the first day of school if there are going to be even more 'Clique Queens' on the rage. So when she starts talking to Luke online, she loves the escape-from school, from her parents, from even her friends-and she feels there is no one else who understands her better than Luke. When Luke suggests they meet, Abby readily agrees. But when Abby goes missing, it's left to her closest ones to figure out the truth...or she will be gone forever.

I LOVED this novel. Sarah Darer Littman takes a real-life, gritty, and what we think of as almost a technical situation and turns it into a full length book that dissects it bit by bit to reveal the human nature underneath, much like what I thought Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why did. Though it is albeit predictable (even from the summary, you probably know what happens) it doesn't give away the completely poignant way this book is written, the way it tugs at your heartstrings and almost makes you cry. That's what definitely happened to me. It had my heart racing as I turned page after page after page to see the outcome, and when I finished a few hours later, I couldn't shake the nightmarish images out of my head. Take heed of the words in this book-though it is mostly a dark journey, rays of hope shine through to let you believe that some good things come after the bad.        

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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