Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review: Want To Go Private?

Want to Go Private?
Want To Go Private?by Sarah Darer Littman(Goodreads)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published:August 1,2011
Page Count:336
Genre: YA Contemporary 

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.

                         My Thoughts:
If I could choose only one book to put into the hands of every single teen and parent-THIS WOULD BE IT! This book was an emotional roller coaster that I could not put down. It's like seeing a horrible accident and not being able to turn your eyes away from it( best comparison I can give).
 Abby is a typical high school freshmen. She is nervous about starting high school and just wishes that everything could stay the same. Her best friend Faith starts making new friends, her sister is a brat, and less than 24 hours after starting high school Abby's dad is already telling her to think about extracurricular activities and college. To say the least Abby is stressed to the max and just wants people to accept her for who she is. Abby finally finds acceptance and love in the form of Luke( BlueSkyBoi) on Chezteen.com. Luke understands Abby and how special she is but Luke isn't who he says he is.
 This book gets you to think about how Abby clearly had heard the talks at school and home about internet safety and still fell victim to Luke and his "grooming". It makes you wonder how does a young girl(or boy) go from knowing all the information that we have available to getting into a strangers car. This book is seriously well researched and Sarah Darer Littman actually answers the question of how this ends up happening. I actually read this book about a month ago and I'm still having a hard time formulating my thoughts because it has stuck with me in a way that I can't even describe. This book is so scary because of it's realness and the fact this could seriously happen to ANY teenager who has access to the internet.
 I also really liked the cover, not because of the design but because of the words. Although plain it's the perfect cover for this book IMO.
 WARNING: This book is sexually explicit both in language and deed between Abby and Luke.

 Thank you for checking out my review and I would like to say Happy Reading!


  1. I really, really want to read this one. I definitely think its an important subject and I've been hearing a lot of rave reviews!

  2. I really want to read this one!

  3. Great review. I'm a big fan of Sarah's books. I might even try to get my son to read this.