Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

by Melissa Schorr


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Who does she think she is? Annalise's audacious freshman-year hookup with Cooper Franklin has a trio of friends thirsting for revenge. So they catfish Annalise by creating the perfect virtual guy, with Noelle playing along reluctantly only because her lifelong crush, Cooper, is in love with Annalise. As Annalise falls for it, even buying tickets for the concert of the year for her and her mythical new guy, Noelle feels more and more guilty. Then, the whole thing blows up and Annalise faces her betrayers. But when Annalise forgives, the reunited friends learn that adults—even famous adults—can be even more bogus than teenagers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440590139
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Widely published journalist Melissa Schorr has been a stringer for People Magazine, a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun, a contributing editor for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, as well as a freelance writer for dozens of publications from Self to GQ. She is the author of the interfaith romantic comedy Goy Crazy, and also contributed to the YA anthology Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (Harper Collins).

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Identity Crisis 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Beth_Rodgers_Author More than 1 year ago
There aren't many books anymore that I am eager to buy the hard copy of, but 'Identity Crisis' by Melissa Schorr was a must after reading another of her novels, 'Goy Crazy,' a couple summers ago and loving it. 'Identity Crisis' delves into so many issues, from friends and crushes to in-fighting, bullying, and the ever popular problem of figuring out how to fit in when you sorely stick out. This is due in no small part to the spread of rumors that main character Annalise's enemies have inflicted on her. Catfishing is the main topic of interest in this novel, and it is as prevalent and timely as can be. Cyberbullying is more and more of a problem with each new school year and each new crop of students, and Annalise finds herself the victim of it when she unwittingly spends time with Amos, another girl's boyfriend, during freshman year. When his girlfriend, Eva, gets wind of him spending time with Annalise, she and her friends make the rest of Annalise's freshman year almost unbearable for her. When sophomore year rolls around, the rumors are still swirling, and there is not much Annalise knows to do to make them stop. Little does she know that Cooper Franklin's interest in her will spark another emotionally scarring attack, spearheaded by Eva but brought to fruition by Eva's pal Noelle, who has a crush on Cooper and thinks that catfishing Annalise will somehow help her on her journey to win Cooper's heart. When the whole catfishing scheme is turned on its head by Annalise, who little by little discovers the truth, nothing is as it seems anymore. With twists and turns that you wouldn't even expect, everyone, including the most unlikely of characters, finds themselves searching for their identities, or even losing them, as the novel progresses. A gripping and sincerely telling tale of strength in the face of adversity and how realizing one's worth can be found in the unlikeliest places, 'Identity Crisis' leaves readers feeling immersed in the lives of characters who are trying to find themselves while at the same time facing the angst-ridden world of being teenagers. Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
PrincessicaOfBooks More than 1 year ago
Melissa Schorr tells a modern story of technology, romance, and the problems that come with it. Technology, specifically the Internet, is a risk. Everytime I post, tweet, email, etc., that data will forever be there. I can’t erase it, which is why it’s important to be careful of what you put online. I’m not trying to lecture you all about Internet safety. No, this book will do it for me. Identity Crisis is the perfect story for modern technology and the risk that comes with it. It is pretty short; my ARC is two-hundred-twenty pages. However, I find that it covers a pretty serious and unknown problem we may occur everyday– catfishing. In case you missed last night’s MTV special, catfishing is ” [to] lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.” This is what the main character, Annalise, goes through. After some drama, her arch-nemesis decides to catfish her for revenge. However, she leaves it up to one of her followers, Noelle, to handle it. Of course, Noelle starts to care about Annalise and it just goes south from there. I really liked how Annalise handles it though. She is actually pretty tough, now that I’m thinking about it. The characters really got into my head, but in the best way possible. Every emotion I was suppose to feel– sadness for Annalise, anger towards Eva, annoyance at Tori– I felt it. Schorr does a fantastic job of creating her characters and making them relatable. I was able to picture real people in my life fitting into the roles of the characters in this book. I will admit that I thought of DNFing this one early in the beginning because the language was just so high-school and the conflict was all started over some petty drama. It kind of reminded me why I don’t read books that take place in high school that often. I mean, not every1 talks like dis. it’z kinda annoying, tbh. I also felt that Annalise was pretty naive. Didn’t she know not to meet random people? That DecOlan’s excuses were a little vague? That everything she does will forever be on the Internet? I also wouldn’t have minded if this turned into a LGBTQ+ story. Mild spoiler: it doesn’t. Overall, Identity Crisis covers a really important but also unknown issue, especially in the twenty-first century. For these reasons, I’ll be giving Identity Crisis four out of five stars.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Identity Crisis' is an exciting YA contemporary novel that fans of the genre will definitely want to get their hands on! It follows the story of Annalise - who turns into a curvy hottie right before freshman year. All of the girls in her class, friends & foes alike, are jealous of her & of her scandalous hookup that has them all mad. Three of these girls decide that it's time to get Annalise back & decide the perfect way is to "catfish" her by setting up a fake online profile for the seemingly perfect guy just to mess with her. Part of this group is the shy Noelle, who goes along with her friends plans even though she doesn't think it's a good idea. Soon enough, Annalise discovers that she's being messed with & decides to get her revenge. This book sparked my interest because of the whole 'catfish' prank as well as the story's use of the Internet & other modern technology to complete the girls' goal. The novel deals with several incredibly relevant topics in today's society - friendship, regret, betrayal, bullying, romance, and the increasing use of technology to hurt others. Another aspect of the story that intrigued me was the alternating points of view. I'm a huge fan of first person POV, so the alternating views made it the book all the more fascinating for me. I was eager to see how the author would pull it off - if it would work in the story's favor or if it was going to be a tangled mess. Luckily, the author wrote it in such a way that it fit really well with the characters & story lines. Instead of just one character's perspective, we get to see multiple viewpoints - from both sides of this horribly mean hoax. Which is another fantastic use of multiple POVs that made the book all the more interesting & realistic to read. All of the characters were well written, especially those of Annalise & Noelle. They both had distinct personalities with strengths, weaknesses, and individual quirks. The secondary characters were also well done, although some seemed a bit cliched at points. Both girls (Annalise & Noelle) were very realistic & easy to identify with right from the beginning. I was really shy & introverted in high school, so I was able to connect with Noelle early on in the book. I could also put myself in Annalise's shoes due to some pretty terrible things that happened to me in high school - it made it very easy to commiserate with her throughout the story. I really enjoyed reading from both character's points of view, along with watching them both change & grow throughout the novel as they realized the more important lessons in life - like friendship. The plot was surprisingly refreshing for me. I normally don't read this genre because I feel that the majority of the novels have the same template with varying details filled in. However, this book was different & incredibly relevant in today's society. There are shows on television dealing solely with 'catfishing' others - so the concept fits in perfectly with our culture & today's world. I've never really known the details of the whole 'catfish' hoax, so reading about it in such depth & personal accounts made it very interesting for me. I loved that the author chose such a secular topic to center her book around & to teach lessons that readers today can learn from. Overall, this was an exciting YA contemporary novel & I highly recommend it! It breathes some fresh air into an already overflowing genre. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you so much to Merit Press for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** Identity Crisis follows two characters: Annalise and Noelle. Annalise has gone through a pretty scandalous past, though only she knows what actually went down. Rumors can ruin lives. Noelle is best friends with the girl whose boyfriend was also involved in the scandal. She also has a huge crush on Cooper, the guy who has been eying Annalise quite a lot lately. That's why her best friend, Eva, comes up with the idea to catfish Annalise and make her fall for someone who isn't real in order to get Cooper away from her. One thing I really loved about this book was the dual perspectives. I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for those! It's really cool to not get into only one character's head, but two. Especially two who are somewhat enemies, in a way. Though Noelle started out as a character that I couldn't stand, I began to like her towards the end. She really grew as a character and began to realize what she should and shouldn't do in life, and that was respectable. I also like how she began to stand up for herself and not care what others thought about her. I felt so bad for Annalise though just about the whole story. People didn't really listen to her because she wasn't "popular" so she couldn't exactly tell people what really happened when it came to the scandal. If I was in her position, I don't know how I'd even show up at school. However, she did have a friend that helped her through it all, and sometimes that's really all you need. Identity Crisis was the perfect story of what it's like to be on either side of the bully spectrum, and I honestly couldn't put it down. It was very honest and had a strong message shining throughout. I'm very excited to read more by Schorr in the future.
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Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
MORE ON: Thinking about Identity Crisis, and I’m not trying to be mean at all, all I can think of is how instead of reading this, and dragging it on for a week, how I could have just read something better. This isn’t entirely the book’s fault as I received fourteen something books this Christmas that excite me to no extent, and some ebooks too, and this wasn’t all that I was expecting it to be either. For most of Identity Crisis, I was waiting for the characters to get deeper and grittier. To really feel the effect of catfishing; to really feel anything at all, but I just didn’t. It’s a pretty good world, and a pretty good story, that could have been a whole lot better, and I guess that’s what disappointed me the most. That all of these elements – the catfishing, the online boy, the friendship that was based on a lie, bullying, standing up for oneself – and none of them came up to the mark. Especially that friendship between Annalise and Noelle, because that could have been something so much more than ‘What we had was real’ and more how Noelle hurt Annalise and how Annalise hurt her back, and then they realized that none of it mattered. Although, I HAVE to add, that after a while, Identity Crisis did get a whole lot better. Somewhere in the middle, or rather, nearing the end, the characters finally clicked and became real people in my head – I don’t know how to describe it really, except by saying that everything started happening all at once, everything got chaotic all at once and everything was in this state of crises. And I really really liked it – in fact, it was what I expected the entire to book to be like, if only slightly better. Identity Crisis is not something I would vehemently recommend, but if you’re starting out in the genre, then I’d recommend this pretty simple read, that could have been a lot better than what it is!