Who RU Really?
By Margo Kelly
Publisher: Merit Press
Published: Aug. 1, 2014
Thea's overprotective parents are about to drive her nuts. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so much that Thea feels she can't do any of the things her friends do. She barely has time to answer her emails! When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. Soon, she's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends. Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit's allure, and hurtles toward the very fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea's life spins out of her control.
Who R U Really was a fascinating look at the cybercrime of stalking. Thea wants freedom to use the internet and her cell phone as she pleases but her parents want to censor that time and invade her privacy, checking up on her as she so much that she can barely check her emails.
In an on-line game, Thea meets another game player named Kit. They begin a private conversation and soft-hearted Thea feels for him. Thea gets wrapped up in Kit’s drama and worries about him so much, since he says she is the only one who “gets” her.
This was a great novel to understand how an online stalker so easily draws young people into their circle and gets them to give up their personal information. As much as Thea wants to do what is right, she is so drawn to Kit she can’t help herself.
This novel was very suspenseful and realistic. It was a good story for teens and parents to read and discuss together.
What I liked best about this book was the point that it makes about friendship. In today’s society where we can exchange information with people for long periods of time without ever meeting them face to face, we grow to think of them as friends. But no one is truly our friend until we have met them face to face. If we do not know them in person, they cannot be called our friend.
This is an important, contemporary novel. It is well-written and held my interest from beginning to end. Though the protagonist is a teenager, as an adult I found the story interesting and worth reading.
I rated Who RU Really 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author:
Margo Kelly loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She loves writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give you the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is represented by the not-so-scary, but totally awesome, Brianne Johnson of Writers House.
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