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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416925255
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 12 Years

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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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