Title: Want to go Private?
Author: Sarah Darer Littman
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.
Abby just started high school but she feels like she is not ready. There are so many changes going on and she is not handling it well. Abby feel like her best friend, Faith is leaving her behind but then she meets Luke online and he makes her feel like she is still important. She talks to him almost everyday then he asks her if she would like to meet him and she agrees. This book is pretty detailed of what happens with Abby and Luke. I would recommend it for a mature audience.
It'd hard to like Abby in the beginning. She is convinced that nothing should change and that none understand her and what she is going through. Her family is a little distant and Faith is trying to include her but Abby does not allow herself to become friends with anyone else. She allows Luke to dictate her life. She allows him to tell her what to do and when. I thought overall that Faith was a decent friend to Abby, she tried to include her when she could. Luke was a complete creep. As soon as she started to talk to him I knew he was a creep. He was a guy who told her he was twenty-seven but he was interested in a fourteen year old girl.
The point of view changes through a few different characters. It starts out with Abby's point of view but then in the second half of the book the point of view changes from chapter to chapter. I liked seeing the different ways people were dealing with Abby's disappearance and what they were going through. I thought overall it was well written and realistic. It portrayed the struggles of a teenage girl well. The trying to find your place and discovering who you are suppose to be.
I really enjoyed this book as a whole. The change of point of view was a great way to see how everyone was affected by the choices Abby made. This was a super dark book but I felt like if it was written any other way it would not be as good as it was.