Friday 19 September 2014
Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly Review!
Title : Who R U Really
Author : Margo Kelly
Pages : 239
Published : September 18th 2014
Publisher : Merit Press
Source : From Publisher
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 slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.
Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit's allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea's life spins out of control.
My Thoughts :
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't but she is like any other teenage girl out there who's in love. While Thea see's nothing except a boy who "gets" her and loves her, we see the creep behind the facade. Kit is sympathetic, loving, trusting and just what Thea needs but he is also damaged and Thea feels for him. He tells her things he hasn't told anyone before and she feels like she can trust him. They hit it off on the game but then carry on in the real world. While reading the book I kept wanting to yell at Thea and say cop on, can you not see he is a creep!!!
One thing I didn't like was that I could see who it was early on in the book. While there is multiple suspects, the predator is pretty obvious. Saying that though, I still really enjoyed this. Its a story that every teenager should take to heart and take heed. I always tell my boys to never ever share personal information on the internet but its impossible to monitor them 24/7. I can only explain to them how they need to protect themselves and hope they listen. In this day and age internet safety is something everyone should know about.
Overall Who R U Really? is a well written, realistic, tense read. Margo Kelly has a way of telling the story that just draws you in. She told the story in such a way where any teenager will relate to it and hopefully listen. Its an eye opener for sure. Who R U Really? should be on every bodies shelf and I know I'll be getting a copy for my niece who is 14 and is always on the internet.