I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Antisocial by Jillian Blake, Tara Sands
Published by Delacorte Press Pages: 256
on May 16th 2017
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6 hours and 30 minutes
Alexandria Prep is hacked in this whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud.
Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.
But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.
Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives:
Sometimes we share too much.
If I seem a little wired or high strung or just plain off, don’t worry.
Here is what I thought
Antisocial is a great book to help remind us that once you put something out in the world wide web it’s there pretty much forever and anyone can hack you.
Anna has an anxiety disorder and it’s so bad that she quite even being on the social networks, she goes on as an anonymous person and lurks. She thought things were going great but then her popular boyfriend breaks up with her and she pretty much ignored her friends so they are not all that happy to have her back. Her friend who was her best friend, Rad makes her have take pics of her ex-boyfriend at the basketball games for the paper as punishment.
Then one day at a game one of the players personal info is put on the screen for all to see and it seemed funny at first because everyone wants to see those they call instagramers go down. Then a bunch of personal stuff is leaked and it causes chaos among everyone. One of Anna’s friends has a pic spread around for all to see and she didn’t even take it, so now Anna is mad. Everyone thinks it’s Haven a hacker but he swears it wasn’t him.
Anna has some text that she has with her ex-boyfriend about her friends when she was venting that she really doesn’t want out so she has to try and find out who is behind the hacking before it affects her and her friends anymore than it has. College placements are all on the line for some if anything to bad comes out.
Antisocial is a great learning lesson for those who think that it’s okay to just talk about or post anything on any social network and not think anything about it. Your privacy isn’t private and it can hurt your chances of getting into college or an career. It doesn’t matter if your just playing around it can come back and bit you.
I think teenagers can relate better to the characters than I did and it was easy to see that even though I am older. I still really could find the characters interesting and remember having those types of clicks in school even though they might have been a bit different. It kept me interested in wanting to find out who was hacking and why they decided to do it. It has a really great positives ending to it which I thought was a perfect way for the author to take something so negative and turn it around.
I thought it was a good debut novel.
Recommend if you like
YA, social issues, and light suspense.
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