Suburban Dangers

Suburban Dangers

by Megan Whitson Lee

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ISBN-13: 9781611168921
Publisher: Pelican Book Group
Publication date: 05/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 382,099
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Megan Whitson Lee is a high school English teacher and the author of the award-winning novel, Captives. She lives in Fairfax County, Virginia.

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Suburban Dangers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Danger and crime can happen in any neighborhood. Wealth and status don't guarantee happiness in life. In this heartbreaking story, the author shows how teenagers and adults can be coerced into a life of crime and human trafficking. We may never know what is happening with our friends and neighbors unless we truly listen and keep our eyes open. This is a story every parent should read. There is hope after heartbreak. Bring the tissues. I received a copy of this story from the author and this is my personal honest opinion.
NCLadyVee More than 1 year ago
Megan Whitson Lee has written a book that should be on the “must read” list for all teens, boys and girls, as well as their parents and grandparents. Suburban Dangers horrified and disgusted me, even though I’ve known and am familiar with human trafficking issues worldwide. But the book brings this horrible issue into a small town which parents think is safe and the tragedy that human trafficking creates. The author pulls no punches nor does she try to gloss over the enemies attracting and attacking our kids. Enemies no teen should be made to live among—but they are there, stalking, tempting, and capturing their prey. And your child may be next on their hit list no matter where you live! Suburban Dangers uncovers the reality of the issue by delving into the sicknesses dwelling inside our homes and the willful trampling and tossing away of our Christian heritage and we are so consumed by our lives that we do not see what is around us. My heart was torn apart because I know, while this book is fiction, it is sadly a part of our lives and we must be vigilant in protecting the future generations. Without God we are nothing and we can do nothing I hope this book will open the eyes of everyone who reads it. This book is difficult to read because it forces us to look into our heart and realize that the children in this country are being targeted. We don’t live in the USA that I grew up in. These predators are vicious and many of their victims die or wish they were dead. Five Stars for Ms. Lee! You will have to read the book to see how it ends. It is a real eye opener and if you are looking for a feel good read this book is not for you. I shed more that a handful of tears while reading it. I received an advanced copy of this book. There was no requirement to leave a positive review. The review is 100% my own opinion.
DChatley More than 1 year ago
Suburban Dangers is a very powerful story highlighting the danger that lurks and seeks to take our children prisoner, the danger that is growing in unprecedented numbers among suburban America, in our middle schools and high schools. These dangers include in-school sex trafficking, drugs, pornography, and sexting. Our children are being recruited right under our noses by other children. This story is a timely wake-up call which not only educates the reader on how easily our children are pulled into this evil, but also opens our eyes as readers to some of the signs we should be watching for with our children. I learned a great deal about how these sex trafficking rings work and how powerful a hold these evil men gain over our children. In this story you will meet Katherine, her father Tyler, her brother Brandon and her stepmom Lana. You will see how evil has gained a foothold in each of their lives which holds them captive till they meet God and his redemptive overcoming power which is able to set them free. One of the best parts about this story is how it reveals the interconnectedness of the pornography industry to the sex trafficking industry. You will see the Tyler who struggles with pornography go from thinking it is a harmless innocent practice to a father who is broken before the Lord when he releases porn’s impact on his own children. First Tyler has to rescue his son who gets caught up in pornography and sexting to later having to rescue his daughter from sex trafficking. And the author very poignantly shows how guilt and shame play a big part in keeping us captive. This alone is a powerful and relevant example! Too many times the devil gets us to think that our private sins are just that private and no one else’s business, but he just glosses over the real impact and consequences to keep us prisoner. And in this story, this family is able to find restoration and freedom in God, the chain breaker. One of my favorite quotes from the book states: “It’s not just the kids. We’re all so comfortable and complacent here. We’re all lulled into this false sense of security. This is what we strive for, right? Marriage, big houses in the suburbs, great jobs, children. And then what? Does it make any of us happy?” And I’m paraphrasing here, but in another portion of the book, it states that this is how the devil operates by keeping us in a state of dissatisfaction. “The devil keeps us chasing our tails”, by showing us what we are missing out on. This strikes at the reason we are so prone to this evil, it is because we have put too big a focus on comfortable and happiness. It’s only when the characters cry out for God’s help that they find true happiness and true freedom. Highly recommend this book for all Christians, but especially for parents as it will open your eyes to this very real danger, it will educate you on the signs to be cognizant of, it will send you to the cross asking for help in raising your family, in retaining/restoring your integrity, and it will show you the long path to recovery if you or a family member has already become captive. The entire time I read this book, a song kept running through my head and that is “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns in which they talk about how it is a slow fade when you give yourself away. How you get pulled in as a prisoner by first making small compromises that seem like no big deal till suddenly you find yourself somewhere you never thought you would be. It talks about how people/families
jess_baker_614 More than 1 year ago
This book is a difficult read because of the content, however it is very eye opening. This topic is a problem in our country and I think it's important for parents to understand that it is happening everywhere, without us even knowing it, like the characters here. As a mother, I found myself almost in tears as this story went on. It is heartbreaking to read and makes you want to hug your sons and daughters a little tighter. The author presented the information realistically, yet not too graphically that would make me want to lose the book. I hope this speaks to parents and teenagers across the nation. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and ideas are my own.
Texasduece More than 1 year ago
Suburban Dangers details how easy it is for any child to be drawn into human trafficking and gangs. I really enjoyed this book. I used to live where this story takes place. I also relate because I almost became a victim myself when I was 14 under almost the same circumstances as detailed in this book. Read this, study it, have your teens read it.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Unless we know someone who has had their family torn apart by drugs, pornography, gangs, or human trafficking, we probably spend very little time thinking about it, until we read a book like this one. In some ways, the story is very dark and bleak. However, when the spotlight of God’s love shines into the darkness, the darkness cannot survive. Suddenly, the darkest situations start to look more hopeful. This story features a family that is broken in almost every way imaginable: one broken marriage and a second that appears on the verge of coming apart. Tyler, the father, is hooked on pornography and faces strong temptation from a younger woman at work. The ex-wife is a mental case and the current wife has hidden bottles of vodka all over the house and seldom has a sober day. The two young children with the current wife are the only ones in the family who seem to even have a hope for a decent life and that is only if the parents get help before it is too late. The teenage daughter seems to be doing well but suddenly finds herself doing things she never thought she would do. Her younger teenage brother has gotten hooked on pornography and keeps getting in trouble at school. Adding to the problems of the teenagers is the fact they are bounced back and forth between their father and mother to the point that the parents can’t keep track of where they are. Life appears to be swirling out of control for all of them. How bad must it get before someone steps in and starts working to turn things around? Is that even possible? The story is fiction but the issues are very real. Many of us live sheltered lives. We think these issues are contained within the confines of the ghettos, but certainly not in our hometown. Many parents get too wrapped up in their jobs, their status, the latest fads, and even in worthwhile organizations to know what is going on in the lives of their children. This book gives a strong wake-up call to parents. Every parent needs to read it and get back in the game if you have started to fade. Children are a gift of God and should be treated as such. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
BH More than 1 year ago
uburban Dangers, written by Magan Whitson Lee, is the first book I've read by this author. Wow! Have to say that it's not usually my type of read, but this held my attention throughout the entire book. VERY gritty...teen human trafficking, alcoholism, pornography, broken marriage, thought life in the gutter, seeking worldly pleasures with no thought of the Lord, and then the solution....seeking forgiveness, treatment, redemption. I definitely wouldn't recommend this book for younger teens and would only recommend it for older teens with guidance from good solid godly adults in their life before reading. I wouldn't say it's graphic, but Lee doesn't shy away from the descriptions of what happens in the lives of these characters that find themselves so entrenched in sinful lifestyles that they see no hope. Psalm 51 is an excellent base for the redemption of these sad characters. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All thoughts and comments are my own.