{In Case You Missed It: Sarah Darer Littman}

{In Case You Missed It: Sarah Darer Littman}

{Synopsis} – Everyone has secrets—until they go viral.

Sammy Wallach has epic plans for the end of junior year: Sneak out to the city to see her favorite band. Get crush-worthy Jamie Moss to ask her to prom. Rock all exams (APs and driver’s).

With a few white lies, some killer flirting, and tons of practice, Sammy’s got things covered. That is, until the international bank her dad works for is attacked by hacktivists who manage to steal everything in the Wallach family’s private cloud, including Sammy’s entire digital life. Literally the whole world has access to her emails, texts, photos, and, worst of all, journal.

Life. Is. Over.

Now Sammy’s best friends are furious about things she wrote, Jamie thinks she’s desperate, and she can barely show her face at school. Plus, her parents know all the rules she broke. But Sammy’s not the only one with secrets—her family has a few of its own that could change everything. And while the truth might set you free, no one said it was going to be painless. Or in Sammy’s case, private.

{My thoughts} – Sammy is your typical high school girl that worries about all the typical things in life. She worries about passing he’d SAT, passing he’d drivers test and others. In the middle of all this worrying she starts keeping secrets from her parents.

One weekend her and her friends sneak off to a concert and she borrows her mom’s sweater without asking. While at the concert the sweater gets ruined and a few days after her dad’s company gets hacked as well as their daily cloud.

The hackers release the information stolen and in it is her personal journal. Soon her parents know everything and she’s a social pariah at school.

This book made me think about how hard it is to find your place in a chaotic world. That when your entire life is posted online for the world to see it makes sense why you’d come to believe your life may be over. That parents as well as children have the potential to keep life altering secrets from one another.

I recommend this book for any teenager that is having problems getting along with both friends and family. I believe this book has the potential to help them see that just because things seem awful it doesn’t mean they can’t get a tad bit easier to deal with. Sometimes the best thing you can do is take everything one day at a time and remember it too will pass.

{Quotes I Enjoyed} –
{01} – Is ignorance really bliss or is it better to know the truth, even if it hurts?
{02} – Sensational might describe the situation if your parent weren’t involved. For me, though, it’s like having the floor beneath my feet suddenly shatter into a million tiny fragments and disappear.
{03} – People break promises, even the one’s you trust to tell you the truth. Stuff happens.
{04} – I read a few chapters, when I come to this: “We live with the decisions we make, Bill. That’s what bravery is. Standing by the consequences of your mistakes.”
{05} – I’m learning more and more every day life isn’t fair. What I have to figure out now is how to live with knowing that.
{06} – “It’s okay, Scruffs,” I told him.
“It’s just a book.” I don’t know why I felt the need to lie to my dog. Because the line that set me off was this: “Perhaps when it comes to it, no one is just the worst thing they ever did.”
{07} – I assure her. “But life happens. Bad things surprise you when you least expect them. I’ve had to learn to deal with that. And I just can’t go to prom with the way things are.”
{08} – Most of the time we are faking it. That’s what dad said. Maybe part of growing up is realizing that they’re just like us, but older and maybe wiser. Making stuff up as they go along, and pretending they know what they’re doing.
{09} – Everyone’s got some kind of problem to get through. The important thing is to get up, keep going, and come our the other side.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.


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