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Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen
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Jun 16, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: chapter-mg

** spoiler alert ** I was sort of disturbed by the message in this book and surprised that mean-spirited bullying, even as retaliation to mean-spirited bullying, would fly in a book these days. Especially one championing anonymous cyber-bullying. Maybe the world has just changed that much since 2004? I fully expected the MC to get in trouble for what he did and he didn't, which shocked me. I'm not a message-type-of-book lover, but when one purports itself to be one (as this one obviously does), the message ought to be a better one than this. Which was too bad- I enjoyed the writing and would think this would otherwise be a great chapter book for boys. Not a message I would want to condone, however...
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June 16, 2010 – Shelved
June 21, 2010 – Started Reading
Finished Reading
June 5, 2016 – Shelved as: chapter-mg

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message 1: by Greta (new)

Greta I'm so grateful for your comments on this book. The librarian suggested my son might like this one and so I checked it out for him about a year ago, but I never read it. He didn't want to read any other Shredderman books so maybe he realized the content wasn't too great.

message 2: by Boni (last edited Jun 23, 2010 02:08PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Boni You know, it could just be me- I checked the Amazon reviews and they're all fine with it over there, although it seems a few other people here had the same issues as I did with the plot. I mean, the MC sets up the website behind his parent's back (they even give him their credit card number, not knowing what it's being used for!) and he doesn't just expose the bully for being a bully- he does that, yes, but also makes up jokes at the guy's expense and posts pictures of his butt with rude comments, etc. And the teacher lies (to the principal) for the MC and then promises to keep his secret and be in cahoots with him. I just felt so unsettled after reading it. Like I said, though, maybe the world has just changed so much since it was pubbed in 2004...

message 3: by Greta (new)

Greta This kind of behavior is never acceptable. I don't care if society has changed --it shouldn't be endorsed, applauded, laughed at, condoned, or anything like that, nor put out there for kids to read and think is okay. Overall, it sounds like a book to avoid in the future.

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