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Secrets of My Suburban Life

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    What a great book!

    Secrets of My Suburban Life was a fantastic read! It was an on-the-edge-of-your-seat book all the way until the last page! I would suggest this book for girls between the ages 13-17. It also had a very good life-lesson that you'll find out in the end! Overall? *****! (5 stars)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009


    Ren is somebody you may think you cant relate to but in reality you can... There are definite twists and turns in this book. Even though you may think you know whats going on you will soon find out the truth behind everything... Some evidence you may think can incriminate some while it actually incriminate another... When you get this book I would recommend clearing your schedule for a day you want to read this entire book because either a.)you wont want to put it down or b.) you will be kind if lost reading.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Not A Good "Just 4 Fun" Book in My Opinion.

    This book is not very good.But I think it's because I read it for fun. Didn't really like it because I had nothing to relate it 2, I think. But it would be 100% excellent if high schools used it as a part of an awareness program. Teens need to know about the dangers of the Internet and not do what Farrin did 4 the thrill of it. Also that predators could be the people they least expect. Read 4 discussions, not just to read.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

    Just imagine living with the knowledge that J. K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, is responsible for your mother's death. That's the way Lauren "Ren" sees things. Her mother, a successful author in her own right, was researching for her latest book when the unthinkable happened - she was crushed by a pallet-load of Harry Potter books. <BR/><BR/>After the unfortunate accident, Ren's father decides they should leave New York City and head to the suburbs of Connecticut. Upon arriving at their new home, Ren finds herself attending an exclusive private school called Waylord. She isn't exactly welcomed with open arms. Finding friends just adds to the complications of adjusting to her mother's sudden death. <BR/><BR/>Perhaps it is her recent loss, along with an overactive imagination, that leads Ren into an unexpected situation. When she mistakenly picks up a classmate's notebook resembling her own, she learns that stuck-up, annoying Farrin is communicating in a chat room known as Sex World. The mysterious stranger appears to be an older man, and Farrin may be planning a meeting with him. The more Ren learns about this dangerous communication, the more she begins to suspect the mystery man could be someone she knows; that's when her own plan begins to take shape. <BR/><BR/>Even after revealing significant facts, author Lauren Baratz-Logsted keeps the suspense flowing in Ren's story. Teens will enjoy the twists and turns as Ren tries to get comfortable in her new surroundings, develop new friendships, and discover the identity of the mysterious FDA. In her "Author's Note," Baratz-Logsted references an interesting website with statistics showing how quickly and easily online predators can access information about potential victims. Teens are warned to be careful and to be safe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008


    This book was great!!!!!! But it was a little inappropriate for any one under twelve or thirteen. It is definatley a must read if you like books that are funny and witty! If you start reading you'll just get sucked in and I definatley recommend it!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

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    Ren D¿Arc suffers an Edward Gorey sort of tragedy when her mother is killed by a stack of Harry Potter books. I¿m still cackling over that. Then her grieving father uproots her from NYC, fleeing to the suburbs. Adventures ensue. I love Lauren Baratz-Logsted¿s writing for the same reason that I love John Hughes¿ brat pack films: fully-realized, quirky, and intriguing secondary characters. Thankfully, Lauren¿s suburbs aren¿t so uniformly bland and white as Hughes¿, so Ren manages to surround herself with a diverse group of people. How Ren finds her way into a new school, new friends, new challenges, and a new adult support system makes for engaging reading on its own. The fillip of a mystery to solve a la Nancy Drew adds a whiff of danger, and provides momentum to the story. Secrets of my Suburban Life is a delightful read.

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