by Sarah Darer Littman


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In critically acclaimed author Sarah Darer Littman's gripping new novel what happens online doesn't always stay online . . .Lara just got told off on Facebook.She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed. She's worked really hard since starting high school to be happy and make new friends.Bree used to be BBFs with overweight, depressed Lara in middle school, but constantly listening to Lara's problems got to be too much. Bree's secretly glad that Christian's pointed out Lara's flaws to the world. Lara's not nearly as great as everyone thinks.After weeks of talking online, Lara thought she knew Christian, so what's with this sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse - are they true?But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree.As online life collides with real life, the truth starts to come together and the backlash is even more devastating than than anyone could have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545651264
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 856,474
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah Darer Littman is the critically acclaimed author of In Case You Missed It; Backlash; Want to Go Private?; Life, After; Purge; and Confessions of a Closet Catholic, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. She is also an award-winning news columnist and teaches writing as an adjunct professor in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University and with the Yale Writers’ Conference. Sarah lives in Connecticut with her family, in a house that never seems to have enough bookshelves. You can visit her online at

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book looks very good for the middle school age and it seems like a great book to learn about bullying in the modern day society
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seems lika reallygood book for 6th graders to read aout becaus it is about acebook bullying
JillJemmett 10 months ago
This story deals with the important topic of cyberbullying. Lara attempts suicide after a boy she was chatting with online tells her to kill herself. She survives, but that incident spirals into problems for two different families. Ultimately, the bully gets in trouble for pushing Lara too far, but the story asks the question of who is really to blame for the whole situation. Cyberbullying is a problem in today’s society. Things that are said online can really affect someone, and cause them permanent damage, just like how Lara attempted to take her own life. However, the bully can turn into the victim when they face the backlash of their actions. This story shows how bullying can spiral out of control and affect the bully’s family.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I really enjoyed this novel. There were many things that kept me glued to my seat as I read it. The story felt very realistic of the situation which was presented. I also enjoyed hearing the story from a variety of characters and I felt the novel relayed some important messages. The only thing that annoyed me were the mothers of the two main characters. As I dug deeper into this novel, these mothers seemed overly staged to me. I could see some mothers behaving the way they did but these two individuals pushed their actions beyond extreme. Besides irritating me, they just didn’t feel natural. Hearing the story from four different viewpoints, I believe that the reader gets to understand the implications of the situation. The situation takes on a life of its own, spreading its repercussions beyond the main players. The novel’s main topic is cyberbullying and I don’t think I need to tell what the author wanted her readers to understand about this topic, we all know how wrong and serious this subject is. The novel begins in the middle with the drama unfolding. Lara has just tried to take her life by downing lots of pills, for she has just been dumped by Christian on Facebook. Rushed to the hospital, Lara recovers physically but emotionally she is still a wreck. The emotions that accompany this drama are, just the beginning of what is to come later in the novel. As I traveled back in time, I am presented with how the situation unraveled and the novel continues on, past her suicide attempt. In her past, Lara has dealt with depression and self-image issues and these factors have a major role in her life. My feelings intensified as I learned the identity of Christian and her close neighbors. There were some bright spots in this novel but it’s the commotion surrounding the cyberbullying that takes center stage. I appreciated that the author didn’t try to put a nice bow on this novel in the end. The implications of what had occurred will take some time to heal. This is a great novel, one that I highly recommend.
xrdevilx More than 1 year ago
If any of you have watched the movie Cyberbully, this book is very similar to that. And I loved that movie so I obviously loved the book. It was a great anti bullying book. It made me cry at some points, and want to kill Bree at other points, haha. It's a great read for middle school age students. Also loved how the author gave points of views from the sibling as well. Definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing the ending was perfect and there was a great lesson and cliff hanger I all I wanted to do was read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in the middle of the book so no spoilers and this book seems amazing teaching kids how to deal with bullies during this age! Keep it up!
I_Obviously_Like_Books More than 1 year ago
Great book for 6th-9th to read.
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This book is amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Put your title as like Broken for series#2) I walked and walked not knowing where I was going but knowing I was almost there. I saw it coming and I also knew it was danger but I did not caare I let it-. I woke up panting for air it was all just a dream I told myself. I wished it was real but it wasn't. I put on my torquoise glasses and put my hair in a ponytail and took a shower. I made up my zebra print bed and put on my clothes which consisted of an abercombie and fitch sweater and stockings. I put on my red high tops and was ready to go. Today was the first day of ninth grade. I was ready to face the MONSTER!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is good book no matter what age !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was well written and is the best book ever! You should read this book also!
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