In Case You Missed It ... Sarah Darer Littman

Sammy Wallach has epic plans for the end of junior year over: Sneak out to the city to see her favorite band. Get crush-worthy Jamie Moss to ask her to prom. Rock all exams (APs and driver's).

With a few white lies, some killer flirting, and tons of practice, Sammy's got things covered. That is, until the bank her dad works for is attacked by hacktivists who manage to steal everything in the Wallach family's private cloud, including Sammy's entire digital life. Literally the whole world has access to her emails, texts, photos, and, worst of all, journal.

Life. Is. Over.

Now Sammy's best friends are furious about things she wrote, Jamie thinks she's desperate, and she can barely show her face at school. Plus, her parents know all the rules she broke. But Sammy's not the only one with secrets -- her family has a few of its own that could change everything. And while the truth might set you free, no one said it was going to be painless. Or in Sammy's case, private.


Hoping to find a more developing upbeat flow In Case You Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman never really came about. The bickering between daughter Sammy and her mom only escalates throughout the book as dad's business is exposed to hackers then moves on to bursting into their private cloud to reveal everything that was typed on any and all devices in their home.

I did like the idea of diversity of characters, although it felt like they were inserted into the story just as social reminders of how todays prejudice can be used against each other.

As different levels of tragedy unfolds, the story presents many problems that need to be solved within family and friends. I felt dad was never given a clear reason why he did what he did or any workable answer to solve his dilemma. In the end, nothing seemed to mesh together, only the most unimportant event was highlighted. I love Scholastic Books with their young adult themes and I did pick up on the inspirational undertone in this story, but this was a miss for me.

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Dinh said...

The book sounded promising... too bad it didn't follow through in captivating you and it failed in its execution.

Dinh @ Arlene's Book Club

Brices Mice said...

Honestly...I do LOVE Scholastic Ya books and have loved most of them even if the endings weren't always resolved, but this one I just didn't "set" with me.