Want to go Private
Author: Sarah Darer Littman
publication date: August 1 2011
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.
All I can say is WOW. Want to go Private is such an intense and heavy read; I couldn’t stop reading the tragic story that Sarah has created.
Want to go Private is about a girl who meets a boy online, on a website where her and her best friend like to go on and hang out with each other, Then one day she meets a boy and they start talking in private chats.
In the few months that she’s talking with Luke, her home life gets more frustrating; her best friend is making friends with another girl. She feels like she’s losing everyone she loves. That’s where Luke comes in. He sweet talks her and makes her feel special and beautiful. Soon they grow past the just chatting stage.
Luke wants to meet Abby, she agrees and they drive off together. Abby is then reported missing and it’s up to her family and friends to help get her.
This book was very uncomfortable to read; at times I just was like really?? But this is the most realistic book I have read in a long time. I think this book should be handed out to every teenager. This shows you the dangers of internet predators, what it’s really like. And how even though they sweet talk you and make you feel special, they are just trapping you.
I know this kind of stuff happens all over the world every day but I honestly don’t know how kids can be so stupid, I got frustrated with Abby because she trusted this guy. After everything he made her do. I just think she was a huge fool. I guess I was just raised to never EVER talk to strangers online, but I don’t understand anyone could fall for his crap.
I guess I understand why she did it…. But it’s still sickening. Anyways, I think Sarah hit it on the dot. This book was real and can really show teens what kinds of people are out there, and I hope it helps kids to understand the danger in this.