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Who R U Really?

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Thea's overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipp ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 18th 2014 by Simon Pulse (first published August 1st 2014)
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

This is not the type of book I normally go for, but from the moment I read the synopsis I was intrigued and I found this book very interesting! We all know or have heard so many times on the news about internet predators.They know how to manipulate young children and create a relationship with them. When we're young we all look for acceptance from others. Sometimes we can't find what we want and so we go and look for it in the wrong places (one of them is internet), and when we are young w
Paula M
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, favorite

Who R U Really is an eye opener. A book that should be more talked about not only because of the issue that is tough and popular but also because it was incredibly crafted.

Thea is one of the most realistically written 15 year old girl that I've ever read. I won't lie, she is SO HARD to read. I found myself asking if I was this annoying and irritating when I was her age. One thing we have in common though is our naivety. I admit this because I also felt what Thea is going through in this bo
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
The second half of this certainly got creepy! I sure do love books about stalkers!

One of my favorite "scary movies" is Scream. And my absolute favorite part of the movie is the beginning scenes with Drew Barrymore. Remember this part? That was the part where you're watching and you're thinking "Oh shit. She's in trouble now."

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This book had A LOT of the moments for me. This story creeped me out so much! I was up reading late and I couldn't shake the feeling I was being watched. I eventually had to sleep with the TV on. Was I being weird/paranoid? Yes. But (like the mov
My thanks to Merit Press & Edelweiss

Point of View: Single (Cynthia)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: Idaho
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery Thriller

This is the matter of personal opinions because I truly think the book had a nice way to convey the message to people, especially teenagers, to not trust strangers to quickly on the internet. I believe it might help prevent such things from happening in real life. However, the problems I had with the book outweighed that.

Thea was one of the m
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
My full review on my blog:

This one's a tough one guys. It's tough because it's so real and harsh with the subject matter. We're all taught from a very young age not to talk to strangers. That's practically the first lesson we learn. But how well does that apply to the technology of today. How can you decide that someone online is not a stranger? It's very obviously touch and go because unless you video chat or meet them in person you don't know who they r
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!

Diversity Rating: 0 – What Diversity?

Disability: 0 (one character has anorexia, but it’s all handled off-screen)
Intersectionality: 0

Okay, maybe you’re looking at the premise for this book and want to say, “no shit it went badly, Paige! This sounds like an after-school special!” In my defense, I’ve read a book with the same premise that did it well and became one of my favorite books! Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littm
Miranda Lynn
3.5 stars

Who R U Really? is a fantastically creepy book that is surprisingly realistic and totally engrossing. I decided to go into this book completely blind — I didn't even look at the back cover or search its Goodreads page first! — and once I opened it, I couldn't close it. Yup, I read this entire book in one single sitting. I just didn't want to put it down!

I'd actually been thinking recently about the fact that there aren't very many YA books that are about online relationships. Well Who R
Michael Angel
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It starts as a day-to-day exploration into the world of an American teen-age girl. But, almost immediately, a growing sense of danger and dread hovers over the pages of author Margo Kelly’s inspired portrayal of teen life: friendship, embarrassment, angst, and love, all deeply felt as only a teen can experience them.

“Who R U Really?” is the story of Thea, who traveled the harrowing path from average American good girl, to ever-more duplicitous friend and daughter, to a person no one really kne
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A frightening and realistic look at the dangers of online friendships that every adult should read and discuss with their teens.

Thea is a bright, smart fourteen year old girl, who like any girl at that age, wants to fit in and feel loved and accepted. When Thea is introduced to an online video game by one of her older brother's friends, Thea quickly finds herself immersed into the online game and loving making internet connections with other players. Thea starts chatting
I just found this book on my giveaways shelf, and I know I did a review for it previously, because I remember the story. I can even tell you exactly where it sits on my bookshelf. :/

I remember it as being a pretty decent read, though not without its issues but I have no doubt that was from the viewpoint of an adult. Because I seriously wanted to shake this girl silly. Yes, kids do massively stupid things sometimes, as I did myself, but this wasn't just foolish, it was dangerous.

Though I spent
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My preteen read this before me and really wanted me to read it so we could discuss it. I'm glad she did. It was just what she needed to learn more about. I think my words fall on deaf ears but reading this story opened up her eyes to the dangers of the Internet. The book kept me intrigued too. I like that doubt was cast on many different characters.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Who R U Really?, claims in it's blurb to excite and scare you--a real life story of internet stalking. Who R U Really, definitely read as a realistic situation but it did very little to scare or excite me for that matter. That's not to say I wasn't entertained because I was.

My initial reaction to the first couple of chapters wasn't a good one. I thought I wouldn't be able to keep reading but I did, and it managed to keep me entertained. The main character, Thea--definitely comes off as gullible
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who R U Really? is such a chilling book because its happening as we speak all over the world. So many young people get sucked into things like this on the internet with horrifying results and this is why more books need to be written about this kind of thing, especially in the YA genre. Its also chilling because the authors daughter had something similar happen to her!!

Thea was such a frustrating character but yet so real. She was frustrating to me because I could see what she obviously couldn'
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A giveaway is also part of this blog tour! You can find it here - until 1/12/15!

Thank you to the author, Margo Kelly, for participating in the blog tour and to Kathy from I Am A Reader for organizing the tour!

This is like real life people. Honestly, it was kind of scary while I was reading because I could really connect with it. I know (or at least I hope we're all aware) we're all aware of the dangers of internet stalkers and that some people you meet on
Melissa Dean
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged enough to read an advanced copy of this amazing YA debut by Margo Kelly. It was riveting from the very first page and left me wanting more. The story follows a young teenage girl named Thia who develops an unhealthy attachment to a guy she meets on a social gaming site.

Mrs. Kelly is a master storyteller who meshes realistic settings/experiences with unbelievably strong, well-developed characters. Thia's inner circle are so complimentary to her development that all the relations
Margo Kelly
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
According to Kirkus Reviews: "Kelly’s first novel is a suspenseful page-turner with multiple suspects, a little bit of romance, and a strong but not overbearing message. (Thriller. 12-16)"

You can read their full review here:

But here's another favorite line from the review: "Thea’s mistakes, while frustrating to encounter, are frighteningly plausible, and the relationships among characters are well–fleshed out, especially between mother and daughter."
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THE STORYLINE AND PLOT OF THE BOOK!!! I learned SO MUCH about internet safety from this, and to think that this actually was based on her daughter it makes me realize how careful people should be on the internet. But, still, a GREAT BOOK!! Not too big not too small of a book for me it was a good size! :)Margo Kelly ...more
A Book Vacation
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
To see my full review:

When I was a teen, I played an online role playing game much like Skadi, and I met some guys online. The good news? We didn't really have cell phones then... it was a new concept and they were really expensive, and since everyone I wanted to talk to lived in my tiny little town and had a landline, I didn't have any use for a cell. Neither did the guys I talked to ask me for my number, but I do wonder now if any of them were potential threats. I'd forg
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book deals with an issue that is every mother's nightmare--your daughter becoming emotionally involved with someone on the internet. My daughter is starting to use technology more and more and I've had multiple conversations with her about what is and isn't appropriate. When she gets a little older, I will definitely give her this book to read.

Thea and her best friend, Janie, like two boys, Tim and Josh. The girls are looking forward to these boys asking them out but something else happens
Angela Covarrubias
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Margo Kelly has written a book that I think all parents and teenagers should read. I am going to go so far to say, that I think this book should be required reading in school. We are living in a world that is overloaded with electronic devices, that allow us free reign to a buffet of all kinds of information. Some good, and some not so good.

In 'Who R U Really' we get to see that things and people are not always as they appear to be online. Thea's parents are strict, and they want to protect her.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book via Goodreads First Reads.
This review originally appears on What Am I Reading?

Rate: 5

This story is fantastic!!! Want proof? I finished it in a matter of hours. I just couldn’t put this book. Every time my conscience told me it would be a great time to get a head start on an assignment, I responded “No!” until I had finished the book, realized it was almost 2 in the morning and went to bed. Anyone who can put this book down after starting has a strong willpower that I don’t p
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
At a Glance/The Cover:
I wasn't really sure where I was going with this book. It isn't like my usual reads about romance and high fantasies. Who R U Really? is a deep novel that expresses the everyday concerns of life. This book speaks up about issues of internet stalking and cyber stalkers. And what makes it even more noteworthy is that this is based on a real event.

That just proves how much internet stalking actually happen these days. This book was based on a game online, but it can definitely
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

This is the book that every person should read before they are let loose on the internet. This book captures and gives the reader the raw outline of how an Internet Predator behaves. This book shows how a child, with the strictest of internet parents, can be drawn in and groomed by manipulative people online. So many times you hear, but where were their parents during all this time? This shows how it can happen even with the most attentive parents.

This novel captured my interested from the
Lynda Dickson
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 13+
Shelves: young-adult
Fourteen-year-old Thea longs for a boyfriend, even though she's not allowed to date until she's sixteen. She joins an online gaming community and begins getting some attention from Kit. As Kit's advances become more and more aggressive, Thea begins to feel more and more uncomfortable. But who is the mysterious Kit? Could he actually be someone she knows? There are a number of potential candidates: her classmate Tim, Josh the bully, new boy Taylor, her brother's friend Marcus, self-defense instru ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, arc-s

Fifteen year old Thea feels like her parents are smothering her. They watch her every move, monitor how she spends her limited time on the internet, check her texts messages and they don't bother knocking before barging into her bedroom.

When Thea joins an online role playing game her mother becomes even stricter, however that doesn't stop Thea from going behind her back and making friends with an older boy who lives hundreds of miles away in Georgia.

After exchanging real names Thea and Derek s
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, middle-grade
Who R U Really? was a mix of suspense/ thriller, Middle grade/ Young Adult goodness. It was realistic and creepy and a wonderful tale about the do's and don'ts of the internet.

Thea is a young teenage girl being very controlled by her parents - so many rules to follow, the largest of which is no dating. But how can she not date when there are boys asking her? After a few mishaps hat school with boys, Thea turns to playing an online game and inevitably finds herself falling for another player, so
Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Read more on my blog Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog

5 Stars! Every teenager needs to read this book.
Kelly’s writing makes you think you are talking to an actually 15y ear old. Very well written and whether young or old, you will love this book.

Thea is your regular teenager girl. Dealing with bullies, older brothers, self conscious friends and overprotective parents.

When she first heard of the Skadi, the only role playing game she was reluctant. Once she started playing and became part of a
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thea is a 14 year old girl frustrated with overprotective parents. She is introduced to a harmless role playing game online and soon meets an older boy who is beguiling and charming and everything a teenage girl could want in a boyfriend. As Kit pulls Thea away from her family and friends, she is aware that it could be dangerous, but Kit is too tempting to resist.

The author has a solid grasp of what it is like to be a teenage girl with all the emotional ups and downs, the frustrations and tears
Teresa Kander
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a tough book to read, because it is so realistic and current. The author's writing puts you right into Thea's emotions through the entire storyline, from her excitement at having Kit's attention, to her doubts, right through to her fear and terror as it plays out to the end.
This is a remarkable cautionary tale about online relationships. Unless you actually meet someone in person, or at least video chat with them, you do NOT know who they are, and therefore they are still a stranger, n
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Margo Kelly loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She enjoys writing mysteries and thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give readers the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. Her award-winning debut, Who R U Really?, and ...more

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