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Taylor and Sierra have been best friends for their whole lives. But Taylor’s fed up. Why does Sierra always get what – and who – she wants? From kissing Taylor’s crush to stealing the guy they both met online for herself, Sierra doesn’t seem to notice when she hurts her friends.

So when Sierra says Jacob Jones is the one and asks her friends to cover for her while she goes
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Paperback, 279 pages
Published July 1st 2015 by Random House Australia Children's (first published June 30th 2015)
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Jemmima Schembri This was my first book of hers I have read and I loved it!!! It brought me to tears more than once and I started crying at my dentist! I know I will…moreThis was my first book of hers I have read and I loved it!!! It brought me to tears more than once and I started crying at my dentist! I know I will read more books by Fleur Ferris in the future!(less)

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Suzanne
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Risk, by debut author Fleur Ferris, is a book that my 14 year old daughter devoured, and then I picked it up and did the same thing. I cannot impress enough, how absolutely frightening and real the theme of this Young Adult book is. In a way it might be a little counterproductive calling this YA though, as I know many people out there have hang ups or issues about this genre. This is a must read, and no pre-conceived notions should interfere with getting your hands on this book.

Cyber safety is
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Deanna
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

When I first saw my friend Suzanne's review of RISK, I knew it was something I really wanted to read. I'm very interested in social media and the influence it has on society, especially the younger generation. Unfortunately, the only format available to me in Canada was audio. It wasn't looking like it was going to be released in Canada anytime soon, so I went for it and purchased the audio and I'm glad I did.

Taylor and Sierra have been best friends for years. However, Taylor is often f
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Taneika
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-ya
As someone who spends a ginormous portion of their time online, I often forget what I was told so much as a kid:

- “Never give out your real name”
- “Never post pictures of yourself online”
- “Don’t give out any personal information online”

Now, I’ve disregarded pretty much all of that (except you know, in certain suspicious circumstances) and I’ve met MOST OF MY FRIENDS THROUGH BLOGGING OR INSTAGRAM (I met my freaking boyfriend via Facebook), have given out my email, home address, phone number etc
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Laura
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH this novel was addictive!!! It has a simplistic style yet a very powerful story that simply kept me wanting more and more until I ran out :(

Let me just say one negative then I'll go on with the goodness! There was only one part where I thought some of the story could of been chopped because it kept rehashing some feelings over and over...I understand why..But at one point I wondered when the rest of the story would actually start.

Anyways...Online dating..It is becoming more of a thing and who
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review has been posted on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

Actual Rating: 3.5

The scariest thing about Risk aren't the thrills or the twists that are usually present in a thriller - it's that everything written in the novel could happen in real life. As a blogger who pretty much lives online, we tend to get comfortable speaking to people we meet up online, but it's important to remember that everyone can hide behind an online persona.

And that's what happened to Sierra, the bea
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Ryan Buckby
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
oh wow, this book was brilliant, very well written and the story and issue that go with it were executed perfectly and made the novel 'Risk' a very good read.

Fleur has done an exceptional job at writing this novel, her past experience as a police officer has made the issue that the book deals with feel that she understands today's youth and the risks of online use. The author understands how teenagers talk and act every single teenage character was written and felt like I was there and friends
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Becky Johnson
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book has truly been a thrilling emotional journey. It's so scary because these things can happen in reality. Young females to love compliments online by older men and will fall for them because they feel good.

This story is about two girls who have been best friends since birth and they are opposites. Sierra is outgoing and takes risks and Taylor does not. Sierra decides to meet up with a guy online and tells her mum she is staying with Taylor all weekend which of course brings Taylor i
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya, bookgasm
Fifteen year old Sierra was vivacious, a compassionate young woman, beautiful and captivating until an encounter with online predator Jacob Jones. Sierra is sexually active and her behaviour often characterised as destructive, so when she decides to spend the night with Jacob Jones, fifteen year old Taylor is concerned of the consequences of Sierra's lies.

Sierra isn't answering her phone. As the hours pass, the four young friends begin to speculate where Sierra is. While Riley is skeptical, Call
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling

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Sensational! This is a book that all families should share with their teenage children.

This book is so good if…if I had the money I would buy the films right to this book and make a feature film! Listening to this book I had a film playing on the big screen in my head.

The settings - wonderfully urban Australian (but this book translates so well to any city or town) , the accents, the dialogue – perfect, accessible and real. The characterisations – so credible you would think the author
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Sally
This is seriously one of the best books I have ever read. I idly started it last night at about 9:30, and I just couldn't put it down - until like half-past 12 when I just had to stop mid-page and sleep! And then I finished the other half in one sitting today. It's so compelling and amazing and heartbreaking and awesome. The writing itself is sheer perfection, and even though there's not an abundance of slang, you can just tell it's Australian. The story itself is so modern and fresh - and inher ...more
Annie
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!! Especially parents and adolescents
I read an excerpt of this book earlier in the year and I was lucky to receive a copy from the author for a review.. Now that I have closure, what can I say?.. THIS BOOK IS MIND BLOWING!! Never have I read a book that made me gasp, cringe.. give Goosebumps.. I smashed this book in about 2 days and I urge ALL adolescents and parents of adolescents.. This book sends a powerful message of the dangers of online chat rooms and meeting strangers on the internet.. This story is told by Taylor who is bes ...more
Juliet Sampson
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Online dating is the latest trend but is it worth risking your life for?
Being a young adult in 2015 can be challenging in many ways.

Sierra is a pretty girl who draws plenty of attention to herself and seems to get everything she wants according to her best friend, Taylor.

The story starts in Taylor’s bedroom where Sierra begins chatting to a guy online. Instantly there is some sort of attraction and playful conversation.

From that day on Sierra says Jacob Jones is the one. Determined to meet up
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Nadia King
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If your teen is looking for something to read, give them 'Risk'. Author, Fleur Ferris was previously a police officer and paramedic and her story of online romance gone wrong is one all teens should read.

Ferris doesn't shy away from packing a punch or two in this easy-to-read cautionary tale.

Taylor and Sierra, fifteen-year-old girls are besties and have always been there for each other until Sierra meets Jacob Jones, a hot guy online. When Sierra goes missing after her first real date with Jaco
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Rebecca
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
How many girls are online right now, taking risks they don’t even know about?


Taylor and Sierra have been best friends since before they were even born. They did almost everything together, practically sisters. But when Sierra goes off after school one Friday afternoon to meet a guy she met on the internet, Taylor’s life is torn apart.

The beginning of this novel was a little shaky. It was very much your typical “plain girl with the outrageous best friend that she loves but is insanely jealous o
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RitaSkeeter
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, ya
I think what you get from this book depends on your starting point. I work in a field that encompasses work with both adolescents and predators, so I found the book a bit too basic and simplistic for me. However, if you’re a parent who has limited knowledge about online grooming and the risks of the internet then this book will be a really great starting point. Some of the things I thought worked well were the way the author showed the way guilt and self-blame affected different characters in di ...more
Rachael
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I need to lie down and catch my breath and then maybe bury my head under a pillow and bawl. Risk is a crackling contemporary YA novel exploring the dangers of Internet relationships. Harrowing without being graphic, confronting in its honesty and realism.

Sierra, a 15 year old girl, is groomed by a pedophile in a chat room using sinisterly clever technology to quickly earn the girl's trust. Within a week of intense online chatting the girl believes she has found the 'boy of her dreams
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Jenny
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Over the last two years I have become increasingly more interested and aware of the wonderful and the not so wonderful uses of technology. I have read other reviews of this soon to be released novel Risk and I would concur with another reviewer that schools and other organisations do excellent work educating students about the pitfalls of our online world, the dangers and the risks that we all take on a daily basis exposing our lives, our thoughts and dreams online. It has become the way we comm ...more
Terri (Le Book Chronicles)
Full review on my blog :)

This was amazing, especially since it was a debut novel. Also knowing that the author is a former police officer and paramedic really makes this story both realistic and accurate. This life-changing, eye-opening book will make your heart race in suspense, your eyes bulge out of their head in horror and most importantly it will make you think about whether you are “online-invisible or risk”.
Librariasaurus
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings: rape, murder, abduction.

This is and Australian book that everyone should read, I firmly believe it needs to become a school text. A permanent one.

Ferris has delivered an excellent debut that is well written, accurate in its portrayal of teenagers and teenage life, confronting, chilling and most of all, cautionary.

I both liked and disliked Taylor Gray throughout the story, I took issue w
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Jacqueline Harvey
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens, teachers, parents
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Cath
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. It deals with an aspect of digital citizenship that all teachers and teacher librarians rattle on about ad infinitum - online safety. It successfully tells a story that all young people active online should read. The story flows well as we become familiar with the characters - young and fairly typical teenagers, whose online life is as vital and active as their offline life. A chance encounter however, spells disaster. The author has captured so successfully the re ...more
Aentee
Twitter has a way of making me read books I would normally never pick up, I just really like participating in twitter chats! When I heard that the newly established #bookclubaus’s August pick was Risk, I went to purchase a copy promptly. While I really appreciated the main message in the book and ultimately found it emotionally tight, I did have a couple of problems as well.

At first, Risk starts out unnervingly like a typical high school drama – and while I love watching Mean Girls – my toleranc
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Tilly Booth
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I literally just finished this book, Risk by Fleur Ferris and excuse me whilst I try to cover the redness from eyes.

This is definitely a book that anyone using the internet to interact with strangers should read. A book that will not open eyes but change lives. The dangers of being online and the risks you take can have some devastating outcomes...and Risk shows you the course of a young girl, Sierra who goes missing after meeting a boy she met online. Told through her best friend, Taylor’s per
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marlin1
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
YA is not a genre I normally read but I was intrigued by a blog review. So glad I read it, realistic and scary but such an important aspect of our online society that should be told.
Beautifully honest, loved it.
Bill Kupersmith
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’d expected Risk to be a warning to teens of the dangers lurking online from predators, & the book is indeed an excellent cautionary fable, particularly for its description of how stalkers ‘groom’ the prey by studying their footprints on social media & constructing an appealing identity that appears to share the same interests in sport, entertainment & music, even claiming to have attended the same events & concerts. But tho’ I’m far from YA (in Britain my initials would be OAP) ...more
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on my blog Genie In A Book*

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley

4.5 stars

How safe are you online? How much do you share? Who is seeing it? It is these questions which Fleur Ferris's thought-provoking debut novel Risk raises, and with shocking results. The presence of online predators is unfortunately a chilling reality, and there are grim consequences when swept up in a dangerous web of lies.

The feeling inside me is numbness. A massive, stran
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Pauline
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am still internally processing this book. I think it is going to be one of those really important books that I am certainly going to recommend to all the schools that I deal with.

Points to recommend for booksellers and t-ls in schools in particular:
a. its uniquely Australian feel - so important for kids to be able to relate to stories set in a familiar setting/culture (and internet experience)
b. every school I know from P-12 does a fine job of educating the kids in cyber safety - so fine a job
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Kirsti
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A gripping tale, and one unfortunately seen too often on Australian news; missing underage child, possibly taken by a sexual predator. Only this story is fiction, and also YA. A book like this one, just like the website contained within the story, can serve as a warning to online dangers we all forget sometimes. Just like Taylor and Sierra, it's all too easy to think 'What's the harm?'.

I've had online friendships, but never a romantic relationship. I toyed with meeting up with a girl from Americ
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Trisha
I found the beginning of Risk strong and compelling. Readers are thrown straight into the slightly tense friendship between the narrator Taylor and her best friend Sierra. Taylor is a good girl, whereas Sierra pushes boundaries. The petty jealousies about potential boyfriends are authentic and immediately accessible to teenagers.

As the tension builds, and Sierra goes missing, the writing remains tight and suspenseful. All the teenager's reactions are valid and so real. The parents too are portra
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Emespre
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Emespre by: Local library
Oh my goodness. That was just... I don't have the words to describe it. The quotes on the front cover often exaggerate, I find, but this was the most accurate one I've ever seen; gripping, devastating and terrifying describes the novel perfectly. I started reading it at about 1am, I think, to wind down before bed, and read straight through without so much of a toilet break until 4am. I've read some great books this year, but this would have to be my favourite by far. It's perfect and haunting in ...more
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