Review: Want To Go Private?

Apr •  14 •  2014
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Want To Go Private?Want To Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Scholastic Press on August 1st 2011
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: Bought
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Abby and Luke chat online. They've never met. But they are going to. Soon.

Abby is starting high school--it should be exciting, so why doesn't she care? Everyone tells her to "make an effort," but why can't she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she's losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke--he is her secret, and she's his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn't who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don't, they'll never see Abby again.

Another book I decided to pick up from my tbr pile because I remember how emotional it would be. Other bloggers that have read it, said it was good and truthful. After I read it, I have to say that they were right.

Plot: This is about a girl who meets a guy in a chatroom. He manipulates her and gets her to meet him. She goes missing for days. Now and days the internet is a very scary place. People would chat and meet up and who knows…you could end dead in a alley somewhere.  This is that plot. That what if? What if the person you are talking to aren’t who they say they are? It’s scary.

Friendship: One thing about Abby is that she was very vulnerable to begin with. She has low self-esteem and didn’t really have much friends to keep her grounded. Instead, she search for love/friendship elsewhere hence her meeting “Luke” and thinking he is the one. Things quickly escalated from there and the next thing you know…she’s gone.

Disappearance: Despite that teens think they know it all, they don’t. The world is a much darker place than it was when I was a kid and well, the internet is even worse. You have to be careful with what you say and what you do on the internet.

This story has a very good lesson to be told. It carries a good message that I think all teens should read. It faces the reality of what could really happen should you fall for this trap. Want To Go Private? is a breathtaking tale that you won’t forget.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Apr 14, 2014

    Ooo I’ve never heard of this one before Savy! The internet is definitely a very scary place, it’s just so easy to lie and you really have no idea who’s at the other keyboard. Glad you enjoyed it, it sounds like something everyone should read for sure:)

  2. Oh this does sound good and suspenseful. I haven’t heard of it and now it is on my radar! Thanks!

  3. Candace
    Apr 17, 2014

    I read this one before it came out and liked it. I don’t remember how it ended now though.