With a few white lies, some killer flirting, and tons of practice, Sammy's got things covered. Read more...
With a few white lies, some killer flirting, and tons of practice, Sammy's got things covered. That is, until the bank her dad works for is attacked by hacktivists who manage to steal everything in the Wallach family's private cloud, including Sammy's entire digital life. Literally the whole world has access to her emails, texts, photos, and, worst of all, journal.
Life. Is. Over.
Now Sammy's best friends are furious about things she wrote, Jamie thinks she's desperate, and she can barely show her face at school. Plus, her parents know all the rules she broke. But Sammy's not the only one with secrets -- her family has a few of its own that could change everything. And while the truth might set you free, no one said it was going to be painless. Or in Sammy's case, private.
- ISBN-13: 9780545904377
- ISBN-10: 0545904374
- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- Publish Date: October 2016
- Page Count: 320
- Reading Level: Ages 13-17
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-29
- Reviewer: Staff
As she did in Backlash and Want to Go Private?, Littman crafts an unnerving cautionary tale about misplaced digital trust and illusions of privacy. Amid Occupy-style protests, 16-year-old Sammy Wallach’s journal becomes collateral damage when hackers target her bank CEO father and gain access to the family’s cloud storage. Sammy is mortified when her classmates learn about her crush, her best friends give her the silent treatment, and her parents ground her for the lies she told to cover up a night out; she also learns that her parents have been keeping secrets of their own. Sammy’s voice, captured in straight narration and journal entries, is authentic and full of wit, whether she’s griping about her parents, aka “the Fossils,” or using slangy portmanteaus like “snarkasm.” The fallout from the hack raises important questions about bigotry, secret selves, and the multifaceted roles people assume in different areas of their lives, but the book’s exploration of these and other topics is quashed by a pressing health matter and Sammy’s overexposure, muddling the book’s takeaway somewhat. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary. (Oct.)