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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  969 ratings  ·  170 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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Ugh what a terrible thriller. Horribly written with annoying characters, shitty suspense, actually ther was no suspense. A horrible plot. There is no buildup of the big reveal and just some extremely petty shit was happening in this book that wasn't even integral towards the plot. And the ending isn't even explained well and makes no sense whatsoever. Not to mention, the MC is extremely dull, boring, and acted very immature and stupid imo. This entire book is just incredibly terrible.

Stay away fr
jv poore
May 22, 2013 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
Aug 05, 2013 marked it as to-read-maybe
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Um... Everything regarding these two books are similar (literally everything) but the authors and the publishers? Hmm...
Gray Cox
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
First off, swearing galore! Like, why? Just, why? So unneeded.


Secondly, if I had found out a person I was chatting with on the internet was actually dead, I would just be like, "Well, I've been catfished, and not only that, but my catfisher is pretending to be a highschool girl who was murdered a while ago, excuse me while I report this to police as a fraud." not. "Oooh, I must figure this out myself!"

Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 wit
Kelly Hager
Jun 23, 2013 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.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 23, 2013 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 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.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Before you start digging around, remember I've got more experience hiding in the dark than you."

It's silly but Point Horror is just so nostalgic for me. I love that they are updating the series and giving us new ones. The only problem is that this grouping of the series - the internet based ones - just don't age well. Most kids would no longer have a Facebook account - and if they did, it would just be because they needed it to log into a game or because their parents or family insisted. So
Kendra VanKoevering
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book, "defriended" By Ruth Baron is an amazing book full of plot twists that leaves you hanging by a thread until the end. In the book you will get to know the main character Jason and his online friend Lacey. They met on Facebook and one day he got curious, so he googles her. He is immediately shocked by what pops up. Lacey has been dead for the past few months. He teams up with he best friend Rakesh and Lacey's best friend, Jenna, to get to the bottom of Lacey's death. But some people don' ...more
An Odd1
Jul 12, 2014 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?

(view spoiler) ...more
Apr 13, 2014 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
Starr Altizer
Sep 18, 2013 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...
Dec 20, 2012 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
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Defriended is a book about a "loner" in high school, Jason Moreland who starts talking to a girl online, Lacey Gray. He thinks that everything between them is perfect, but when Jason decides to look up Lacey's name online, he finds out that Lacey died a year earlier due to an "accident" where she fell off Roxy Choi's balcony. This book is suspenseful and enticing because of three major plot twists that leaves the readers on edge. Unfortunately, this book is slightly hard to understand at certain ...more
May 11, 2015 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!
Sean Randall
Oct 17, 2014 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.
Kaitlyn Chiddix
This book is really good with mystery!
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disappointment. No suspense whatsoever.
Evan B
Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't like the book at all. It was horrible.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Isn’t it unfriend? Whatever.

This is an incredibly lackluster book written by an adult who desperately wanted people to know she knew about technology and social media and how it worked. I think anyone age-appropriate for DEFRIENDED would have been rolling their eyes at the complete breakdown on how something like Facebook, and a computer, works. It was completely unnatural the way things were described in this book, as if it were speaking to an audience that might not know what any o
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, ya, 2017
Ok, so I can see how this doesn't look great. It's a cheesy cover with a cheesy tagline and just overall cheesy teen thriller vibe. And you'd be kind of right: this one isn't winning any literary prizes. BUT! There are two big reasons why I enjoyed this: the best friend and the protagonist's character arc. I'll tell you all about it, but just fyi: spoilers ahead because you're not reading this, are you..?

PLOT: This indie dork boy Jason meets a girl on Facebook and promptly falls for
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-gay-but, creepy
Wow, so many crappy reviews! I'm actually going up to a 4 from a 3 because, hey, this is a crappy book. I know. You know. We all know. Everything is kind of over-the-top as an attempt to appeal to The Teens. But it's such a fun read! Even if I loathed the ending (view spoiler) the first time I read it, the second time around, it was a lot ...more
Kadie Coutts-Farrington
Defriended by Ruth Baron is a great mystery about Jason who thinks he has meat the girl of his dreams, Lacey, online. They talk everyday, but every time Jason brings up melting in person Lacey tells him things are tough and that she can't. As Jason starts to get annoyed he googles Lacey, instead of finding more about her her finds that Lacey had died at a party a year ago, just before they started talking. Jason instantly wonders if Lacey really died, or if it actually is Lacey. He sent her a Fa ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Aaliyah Hopkins
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Aadhisree Subramanian
The book was amazing and really interesting to read . At the beginning it started of a bit slow but as the book progressed, I started to enjoy it very much . The chapters where intriguing to read and this was the kind of book that i didnt want to it to end. I would gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5 and i would recommend this book to 7th ot 8th graders or people who love to read horror books . Overall i loved and enjoyed almost each page in the book . This a good book to read in your free time .
Jocelyn Gray
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was alright. I would give it like a 3.5 star rating. The first half the book I found to be slow and boring. The only character I really liked was Rakesh, but I did enjoy the second half of the book a lot more. The plot got better and I really liked the development of Jason. All in all I think the climax could have been a bit longer as it was only a couple pages but a decent read.
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