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Defriended (Point Horror)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  745 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Jason has met the perfect girl. OK, so maybe he hasn't actually MET Lacey yet, but they talk online all the time. Yet despite spending most nights chatting, Lacey refuses to meet up in person. Suspicious, Jason googles multiple newspapers. Lacey fell off a balcony and died a year earlier. Jason meets Lacey's best friend Jenna, and they try to find the truth.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 2013 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2013)
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Aug 05, 2013 Blythe marked it as to-read-maybe

Um... Everything regarding these two books are similar (literally everything) but the authors and the publishers? Hmm...
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Nov 13, 2012 Richard Denney marked it as to-read


Kelly Hager
Jun 24, 2013 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that kept me guessing. As Jason pointed out, there are three potential reasons for this: Lacey is a ghost, it's a prank or Lacey, for whatever reason, faked her own death. I was pretty firmly in one camp, but there were a number of things that had me going back and forth on which of the three were actually true.

This also isn't really scary, per se. It's more of a mystery as Jason tries to figure out exactly what's going on and who, if anyone, he can trust.

I'm not sure
Aug 07, 2013 Danielle rated it it was ok
Being a 80s and 90s Point Horror series absolute fanatic, and given the exciting premise of this novel, I bought it without hesitation.
I don't consider myself to be the sort of YA reader who expects too much sophistication from a book, I really read for an enjoyable story (a given since I love my 80s and 90s Point Horror's). To be honest, without even great expectation from this book I was disappointed overall. I enjoyed it only to a small extent. There were some things I had a problem with:
Feb 23, 2013 Chantal rated it liked it
I picked this up to give to my younger cousin and figured I'd read it to see what teen books are like these days. From the perspective of me - a 27 year old adult - it's an eye roller. Predictable, a bit silly and full of laughable references. Now, that being said its well written and an interesting plot.

Thinking back to the perspective of a teenager - it would be an interesting read. I can see how it would be a fun mystery, and is full of action and intrigue. Not really a book for me - but def
Siew Ee
Sep 19, 2013 Siew Ee rated it really liked it
“Defriended” is another one of those books that I'm checking out for my 16-year-old daughter. With a relatively low readership on both goodreads and Amazon, I did not expect much and was surprised to find out that it was actually quite good! Although the scare factor is not high enough to keep a person up at night, the feeling of suspense is maintained throughout the book. The narrative is tight, the plot believable and the way the story unfolds keeps you guessing. “Defriended”, a debut novel fo ...more
I was intrigued after reading the blurb. It seemed like a type of books I would read after I had been stuffing my face with all those romance. Sadly, it didn't spark my interest. At all. The pace was too disturbingly slow for my liking. It might be because of me, but I needed to remind myself that the main character was not a thirteen-year-old boy. I don't know why, but he sounded much younger than he supposed to be.
Apr 17, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book read a lot like Pretty Little Liars, only a hell of a lot less clichéd and dragged out. I loved having a male protagonist for a change, despite his need to drop The Mountain Goats lyrics in every other message (but as a diehard TMG fan, I couldn’t complain too much) and him being utterly repulsed by people referencing The Great Gatsby in his literature class (do people do this? Do high school students even read assigned literature and actively talk about it with interest? Or maybe my h ...more
May 11, 2015 Niar rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I felt it was grabbing my attention every time something creepy or crazy happened. Defriened is more of a scary book but it doesn't give you the chills. It leaves you in suspense and draws your attention very well. I would recommended this book to people that like scary books and like a scary comedy book. I really liked this book!
Starr Altizer
Oct 24, 2013 Starr Altizer rated it really liked it
Defriended by Ruth baron is absolutely AMAZING! I strongly recommend it to any one who likes horror/ love stories.

Jason Moreland likes alternative bands and '80s movies, so perhaps it's not a surprising that the girls at his high school just aren't into him, but when he gets a message back from Lacey Gray, a random Facebook friend, he discovers the girl of his dreams online. When a casual Internet search turns up memorial pages and obituaries, Jason worries Lacey might be too cool for him...l
Jun 25, 2013 Annee rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-for-domino
This book was okay but not that great. It's most admirable feature was the suspense and the fact that the storyline was interesting and not completely obvious of what the outcome would be (at least, I would think not for younger readers. I figured out what thad really happened as soon as Max and Jenna were introduced.) The plot idea is pretty interesting but I don't like how the summary on the back of the book makes it sound like it will become paranormal. The characters were kind of boring and ...more
Sean Randall
Oct 17, 2014 Sean Randall rated it really liked it
This was actually a very solid younger teen story, expertly set in the post-MSN, Facebook fueled world of teens in the here and now, or at least a year or so ago. The plot twists, whilst clear in outline were well managed and the idea of the work was a good one.
Dec 20, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, arcs
I'd give this 2.5 stars. I stayed late at work one night in order to finish it, so it definitely had me hooked. However, the writing wasn't phenomenal, nor was the plot. Jason falls in love with Lacey through facebook but it turns out she's dead (or is she?). He ends up becoming friends with her best friend in order to figure out how she actually died/if she's still alive. It's all a bit predictable, but even once the major plot twist is revealed (about 3/4) through, there's still the issue of h ...more
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Nov 24, 2014 Theresa rated it liked it
Shelves: junior-mystery
This is the first of the new Point Horror/Thrillers I've read, and tbh I think it pretty much hits the mark, just with a lot of references to how much Jason loves his Macbook and iPhone instead of how much he loves his sweet tape deck and Levis.

Like any Point Horror/Thriller it's dumb, predictable and not scary, but I thought the plot was reasonably interesting for what it is, and the author managed to drag out some questions (like whether the book is paranormal or not) longer than I thought she
Sherrie Cronin
Ruth Baron has written a thoroughly enjoyable book. Given that I am neither a big fan of horror stories nor of tales of unhappy misfits, this is high praise. It helped that the protagonist, Jason, has a better sense of humor and more common sense than most. He’s likable, and his world is filled with both teens and adults who are basically decent people who sometimes behave poorly. It’s not a story that makes you cringe or a world you can’t wait to leave. The horror aspects center around the cree ...more
May 31, 2014 Monet rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, it was an okay read. It was engaging and interesting during some points, but it was a book that you just had to finish. I enjoyed some of the characters and the different plot twists, although some parts in the book did seem to "go on" for quite a bit too long. I also thought that Jason (the main character)'s friend was quite irrelevant to the story and was just someone that Ruth threw in to not make Jason seem like a complete, friendless loner. But the mysterious "games" tha ...more
A friend request from beyond the grave...

Such ominous words! I loved this book, at least I loved the mystery behind it and finding out along with Jason if Lacey was alive or if he was just going crazy?
Jason is a seventeen year old high schooler who lives with his mom and step dad. He and his partner in crime Rakesh are extremely funny together and us give several moments of hilarious banter throughout the book. Jason feels himself falling for a girl online named Lacey or so it seems-as he find
Jan 12, 2016 Iris rated it really liked it
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Jason is a loner...addicted to Facebook and his indie bands. Not a joiner, but a thinker.

One day he messages a girl on FB, and strikes up a friendship. When he googles her, he realizes she's dead...a terrible accident at a party. If that's true, who the heck is he talking to, IMing with?

As he gets deeper into the mystery, we are absolutely not certain if we have a mystery or a ghost story. Details are doled out sparingly, thus keeping our interest.

There's a bit of a discussion about internet s
Tazia P.
May 11, 2015 Tazia P. rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, i really enjoyed reading it. I liked how it was scary but also mysterious and had a little bit of humor. It also can realate in away to teens today, not that we fall in love with dead people. Kids are always online, chatting with each other and most of the time they dont even know each other, they can be in another country yet they are best friends. The internet is a good places to share memories and even make friend but in some cases like "defriend" people pretend to b ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Defriended is definitely an enjoyable read, as well as quick. It's fairly short, but thrilling enough to keep me reading.

What I really liked about this book was how much I was able to get into it; I couldn't help but want to find out what happened with Lacey, and the ending was a huge surprise. Defriended had some well created characters and relationships, like that of Lacey, Jason, Jenna, and Max. There were also some good plot twists and mostly well-written events. The main theme of how no one
Apr 04, 2016 Vibha rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Disappointment. No suspense whatsoever.
An Odd1
Dec 11, 2014 An Odd1 rated it did not like it
"So bored" is Jason, dull. Both he and online girlfriend Lacey blather about their favorite music, big yawn. How can she chat when she died months ago? Her jock brother Luke was jealous of her boyfriend Troy. Her best friend Jenna wants to solve the mystery of how Lacey fell awkwardly backwards off a balcony at a party - deemed accident, was it murder or suicide?

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Kimberly Callegan
Mar 18, 2014 Kimberly Callegan rated it liked it

The blue creepy eye full of fear is what stopped me in my tracks in the YA section at B&N. The cover EYED, "Pick me!" and it had me at "LACEY has changed her status to deceased." Ooh. Ooh. Ooh!!!

What a fun, super duper creepy read. Defriended, by Ruth Baron was a quick read that kept my eyes glued wide to each page. Poltergeist -- or is it? -- meets social networking = fantabulous story line = insane in the brain!! Really neat premise behind these pages full of suspense. There were some t
May 17, 2016 Kumii rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, horror
Defriended by Ruth Baron was a quick read when I actually had time to pick it up again from when I started.

The story presents you with a perfect knowledge of teen pop culture nowadays, where everything is facebook, youtube and (now twitter). Jason who is this 'loner' high school boy finally met his perfect girl, Lacey. Popular girl from a high school in the next town. Only it was through the internet and then he learns she's been dead the entire time they were 'talking'.

So instead of putting it
jv poore
May 22, 2013 jv poore rated it really liked it
by Ruth Baron

Meeting new people is hard. Today’s world of Facebook, blogs and YouTube makes it easier, but new challenges are presented. There is a lack of certainty with an online relationship. Common questions arise. Is the person I’m talking to really this cool? Is the person being honest? Is this a ghost? Okay, the last one, maybe not so common.

Jason’s love of indie rock, The Mountain Goats in particular, was not something he expected to share with a high-school girl. When he dis
Sunshine Ybarra
Dec 01, 2013 Sunshine Ybarra rated it really liked it
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads*

~SPOILER ALERT: Only read if you want to know a little bit of what happens at the end.~

When I first read the back cover, I thought this was some cheesy book that didn't really have a good plot, or the characters wouldn't be strong enough. By chapter 4, I knew I was wrong.
The first 3 chapters basically explain Jason's family, the girl Lacey, and his best friend Rakesh without overdoing the details (what I'm trying to say is that it does
Apr 20, 2013 Taylor-Ace rated it really liked it
Jason thinks he has met the perfect girl, Lacey Gray, on Facebook. They both have tons of common interests, such as the love for the band, The Mountain Goats, and Jason thinks things might get serious soon. But she refuses to meet in person. Feeling guilty, Jason Googles her, only to find out she's been dead for a year. He gets himself caught up in investigating, along side Lacey's friend, Jenna, and his very own friend Rakesh.

This book will keep you reading, though the first few chapters seeme
Jul 11, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
I have never been a sociable person and will admit that I tend to hide from big crowds. I am not one to boast about having more than a couple of close friends, but have never complained. I like many others have used Facebook as a tool to meet new people. Some share the same interest as myself and some just kind of showed up. I have never bothered to validate whether or not the friends that I have on Facebook are who they say they are. I have always taken that for granted. Occasionally I hear a s ...more
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