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Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman
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Aug 25, 11

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Read in August, 2011

I started this book and couldn't stop--I read it straight through. This is the story of
Abby, who is having trouble adjusting to high school, especially since she doesn't see
very much of her best friend anymore. They don't have classes together and Faith is
getting into new activities, like school plays, that Abby is just not into. So she
relies more and more on her online friends at a teen targeted chat site. Especially
Luke. He compliments her, he agrees with her, he's THERE for her when no one else is.
He's interested in her, and that feels so wonderful that at first she doesn't mind
answering some rather personal questions from him, after all, he's probably hundreds of
miles away and she's never going to meet him anyway. Then he wants pictures. Then he
wants to webcam. Then he sends her a phone. Then he wants....other things...but he says
he loves her, so it's all right, right?

This is about online preditors and how they "groom" teens, tweens and even younger
children, making them feel safe and loved and special, when in reality it's about
exploitation, pornography and sometimes kidnapping and murder. This book takes Abby from
the very first online comment to the aftermath of exploitation. It is hard to read
because of how easily it is done to thousands of children and teens every day. This book
shows the whole trap--and the wide range of consequences for the victims. This book will
cause a stir, and I think that is a good thing. This needs to be talked about, and just
like this, in real terms within real, average situations. I applaud this author and this
book for taking on this subject so boldly.
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