Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer LittmanWant to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

Want to Go Private?

bySarah Darer Littman

Paperback | July 30, 2013

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"[A] harrowing cautionary tale about the dangers that lurk online." -Publishers Weekly

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.

SARAH DARER LITTMAN's widely praised first novel for teens, Confessions of a Closet Catholic, won the 2006 Sydney Taylor Book Award. She is also the author of the YA novel Purge. She lives in Connecticut with her family and a house which never seems to have enough bookshelves.
Title:Want to Go Private?Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.03 × 5.29 × 0.66 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545151473

ISBN - 13:9780545151474

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Super Such a powerful story line. Really makes internet safety more aware
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lesson Learned. Wow. I knew that the book would be spectacular, but I never thought that it would be this good. I loved it and it ended up being one of the best books I've heard in a while. It's super-duper contemporary, and really speaks up on the issue of internet safety, which I thought was great. The author made the readers totally understand what Abby was going through the whole time. She was fed up with "doing whatever her parents wanted her to do," and needed a break, especially by talking to someone who understands her, and will "never meet anyways." Luke was really cute in the beginning, but of course, we grew to hate him, duh. Even though we all knew what was coming, you still wanted to be able to read the book more and more until it was completely over. I loved it so much!
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Reading this book was amazing. The words, the messages, everything, was very powerful. It takes a lot for me to emotionally attach myself to a book, but I read this one, laughs and tears together, in one sitting.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifying! This book had been sitting in my TBR pile for quite some time. On a whim, I decided to pick it up for what I thought was going to be some 'light' reading. Yeah, so not a good call. While I would consider this book an 'easy' read it is definately cannot be considered a 'light' read. Want to Go Private? reads as a cautionary take depicting the alienation and grooming of a vulnerable teenager by an online predator and her journey to heal. The story is told mainly from the prespective of th emain character Abby. There are instances where a portion of the story is told by one of the cast of supporting characters. Watching Abby go from a happy, but insecure teenage to a victim is pretty difficult. Want to Go Private? is pretty detailed and in my opinion fairly accurate in showing jus thow Abby was being groomed and not even realizing it. There was something so disturbing about watching Abby descend down this path unaware while you, the reader, is fully aware where this is headed. Reading Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman was like watching an episode of Dateline's How to Catch a Predator, but in reverse.
Date published: 2011-12-05

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Want to Go Private?

"[A] harrowing cautionary tale about the dangers that lurk online." -Publishers Weekly

"[C]ompulsively readable . . . a realistic portrayal of the sordid nature of predators." -School Library Journal

"Want to Go Private? is a bold investigation of a potentially lethal, if common, mixture for teen girls: emotional immaturity, technology and emerging sexuality." -The Los Angeles Times