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Posted April 7, 2009
How would you react if something took control over your life for two years, and that all started on the Internet?
Katie.com, a memoir written by Katherine Tarbox, is about a girl,named Katie, who really enjoys using the computer and meeting new friends on AOL. Katie is lonely every since her sister left for college, and her parents are working non-stop. One day, she meets "Mark", a 23-year-old guy from California, whom she meets in an online chat room. Mark seems like the perfect guy. They both like all the same things: clothing, music and current events. Katie has become obsessed with talking to her new friend Mark, and after chatting on the phone and emailing or IMing for six months, Katie and Mark decide its time to meet. While preparing for an upcoming swim meet, Mark tells Katie he is going to meet her in Texas, before the swim meet. When Mark and Katie finally do meet, something strange happens that takes control over Katie's life for two years.
If I were Katie, I wouldn't be able to trust "Mark". If you meet someone online, they could be anyone. They could be a 75 year old pretending to be 23, they could be a 10 year old pretending to be 23, or they could even be a stalker who is trying to hunt you down. For all I know, it could be some wacko trying to get a hold of you! In my opinion, I would never agree to meet Mark. I think this book is a great read for teens and young adults because they need to learn about things like this, not all of them understand that this could really happen and it relates to real life! This book teaches important lessons for people to know not to give out information about themselves on the internet, to not believe what everybody says, and that you shouldn't talk to strangers! I would definitely recommend this book because it provides the reader with a great lesson; great book, and relates to the real world! This could really happen, and I think all teens should read this book to learn what can really happen, when they give out too much information and when people aren't always who you think they are!
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Posted February 24, 2010
A lesson for parents
What stands out most is Katie's words to parents on how to prevent this type of thing and it's as simple as banning use of the internet.
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Posted July 29, 2002
A very good book.
This book was so well written and compelling I could not put it down. It very accurately describes how easy it is for kids to 'meet' strangers online and develop relationships with them. Though I am an avid user and believer in the many good things about the internet, this book reveals the very worst of it and the dangers lurking--that it provides a way for predators, pedophiles, and socially maladjusted people to have access to our kids. This boook should be mandatory reading for all middle achool students.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.