Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review: Want to Go Private by Sarah Darer Littman


Abby and Luke chat online. They've never met. But they are going to. Soon.

Abby is starting high school—it should be exciting, so why doesn't she care? Everyone tells her to "make an effort," but why can't she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she's losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke—he is her secret, and she's his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn't who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don't, they'll never see Abby again.


Publication date: August 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press

The Elliott Review:

This book is one of those scarily realistic books that just grabs your attention and doesn't let go. Abby's emotional state at the beginning of school is exactly what happens to many teens. Going to high school is an experience that tests the state of friendships and is filled with the uncertainty of new relationships and changes in old ones. Abby does not deal with these changes well. She withdraws from her friends and finds solace from a friendly guy in a teen chat room.

As she gets to know Luke, she opens up to him about her feelings, and he seems to be the only one that truly understands what she's going through and who thinks she's beautiful. Even funny and smart Billy, a real-life boy, likes Abby, she still feels more connected to the stranger she meets online. As she gets more involved with him and she does some unwise thins to gain his approval, she finds herself unable to let go of her attachment and allows them to meet.

This is a very chilling read because, from the start, the reader inevitably knows or suspects what will happen to Abby. The suspense comes in not being sure to what degree she will suffer for her decisions or if she will even be rescued at all.

Young Adult Notes:

Young adults will perhaps not be immediately gripped by the cover of the book, but those who do pick it up will be hooked. Any "what if" real-life story tends to be a big hit. The fact that they will be able to identify with Abby's feelings and maybe even have some online-only friends of their own will make them feel that her situation IS their situation. I know that this book will be a big word-of-mouth sensation after it is read.

Although. overall, the content is appropriate for even young teens or middle grade students, some mature sexual content (including some descriptions) may be suitable for high school age teens only. It basically depends on the reader's knowledge and maturity level.

Source: Thanks to The Teen {Book} Scene for organizing this tour. You can view other stops on the tour here.


  1. Awesome review! I'm glad to hear it's a good book; I've had it on my TBR list and really, really want to read it. :]

  2. I'm so glad you liked this book! I just received it in the mail today and I'm very much looking forward to reading it. It sounds like a book that will certainly hit close to home with me and many other young adults.