Secrets of My Suburban Life

Secrets of My Suburban Life

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by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

And you thought your life had a dark side....

Everything changed for Lauren ("Ren") after Harry Potter killed her mom. No, it's not what you think—Harry Potter didn't come to life and stab her or anything. A stack of those thick books crushed her. Now Ren is stuck out in the suburbs of Connecticut, dragged out there because her father is too


And you thought your life had a dark side....

Everything changed for Lauren ("Ren") after Harry Potter killed her mom. No, it's not what you think—Harry Potter didn't come to life and stab her or anything. A stack of those thick books crushed her. Now Ren is stuck out in the suburbs of Connecticut, dragged out there because her father is too grief stricken to continue living in New York.

Ren tries to fit in at her new school, but the most popular girl, Farrin, keeps icing her out. Then Ren discovers that Farrin has a secret: She's been communicating online with an older man, and they are actually planning to meet! Ren can't let Farrin go through with it—she's witnessed enough tragic events as it is. So she comes up with the perfect plan to stop the perv. But then she finds out who he is...

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School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up- Ren D'Arc's father, a famous writer, moves her to Danbury, CT, and away from her posh Manhattan life after her mother, also a successful author, is crushed to death by thousands of J. K. Rowling's latest tomes. Ren attends a swanky private school where the students are the children of soap stars, NBA heroes, and Wall Street traders. Her attempts at social success are thwarted by Farrin, the "impossibly gorgeous" blond captain of the cheerleading squad, which, thanks to the school's sport requirement, Ren must join after failing miserably at basketball. Just as she seems to be adapting to life without a personal driver, the demands of mandatory sports, and life without her mother, she learns that Farrin is having an online affair with an older man, and Ren suspects (erroneously) her own father of being the predator. The letters Ren writes to her mother help her confront her fears about her dad and attempt to save her enemy and her social life. Baratz-Logsted uses an overdone bored rich-girl premise, but Secrets doesn't suffer as a result, and Ren comes across as a genuine teen with real problems. The simultaneous mild messages about grief and the dangers of online predators make this a good fit for middle school, while older teens are more likely to relate to Ren than to the "Gossip Girl"-style heroines currently on the market.-Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA

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Simon Pulse
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5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of many adult books, including the international bestseller The Thin Pink Line. This is her first book for teens. She lives with her family in Danbury, Connecticut.

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Secrets of My Suburban Life 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MBlech More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
BOOKloverSMILES More than 1 year ago
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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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.