Mike has fallen deeply in love with his best friend, Lindsay. And he’s pretty sure she feels the same way…until a simple misunderstanding destroys Lindsay’s trust. Devastated and feeling betrayed, Lindsay leaves town for the summer. In the fall, she returns to school a different person, and she’s suddenly tight with the “in” crowd. When Lindsay gets intoxicated at a party and ends up in a compromising situation, she has no idea that someone is filming the whole thing on his phone. When the footage goes viral around their school, Mike has to dig deep within himself to find the courage to help Lindsay in her time of greatest need.
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Release Date: 2011
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BookLinx – January 30, 2012
“A good title for reluctant readers, especially boys. This short, soap-opera like novel is timely, fast-paced and interesting…Today’s teens will be able to relate to all the technology used by the characters…A good starting off place for discussion.”
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children’s Media – May 1, 2011
“Lots to like here—the story is easy to follow and full of ripped from the headlines issues. I especially liked Mike’s willingness to ask his mom for advice and for her non-judgmental, love and logic responses.”
Bookvacations.wordpress.com – March 20, 2011
“Any reader will be able to relate to this story through its fast paced storyline and interesting plot, and it will not only captivate reluctant readers, but all readers across all spectrums. Van Tol’s use of technology within the story aids the plot and adds to the horror within the novel, as Mike’s peers misuse technology to destroy another. I was captivated by this novel, and the ending was phenomenal! I highly recommend this for all reluctant readers, but advise everyone to read it as the interest level and moral themes are for everyone. Five stars.”
Booklist – March 15, 2011
“Packed with violent drama, this entry in Orca’s Soundings line of books for reluctant readers is intense…Many teens will be drawn to the contemporary high-school story about enemies, friends, and lovers that explores headline issues.”