"Who R U Really" By Margo Kelly
Release Date: September 18th
Fifteen year old Thea feels like her parents are smothering her. They watch her every move, monitor how she spends her limited time on the internet, check her texts messages and they don't bother knocking before barging into her bedroom.
When Thea joins an online role playing game her mother becomes even stricter, however that doesn't stop Thea from going behind her back and making friends with an older boy who lives hundreds of miles away in Georgia.
After exchanging real names Thea and Derek start communicating more often, in private chats, then text messages and finally talking on the phone.
Derek gets Thea, he understand her, listens to her, she tells him things that she can't tell anyone else.
Before Thea realizes it she's fallen into a hole she can't climb out of. The lies start piling up and and she starts to doubt the relationship she's formed with Derek. She's been honest with him but has he been honest with her?
Margo Kelly weaves a thought provoking, all too real tale of the dangers lurking on the world wide web and the ones just outside our doors.
From the very beginning I loved everything about this book, especially Thea's over protective mother. All too often I read Y.A books where the parents are completely absent from their child's life and it was such a nice change to have a caring parent in a story.
I feel like this book should be required reading for young teens. It shows how easy it is to let tiny details slip, ones that quickly add up to giant neon signs. You never know who you're communicating with when the only thing connecting you is a mouse and keyboard.
My advice is that you read this with all the lights on and the doors and windows locked.
Until next time,
In compliance with FTC guidelines I am disclosing that this book was given to me for free to review.
My review is my honest opinion.