March 01, 2019

#BookReview: In Case You Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman

Synopsis: Everyone has secrets—until they go viral.

Sammy Wallach has epic plans for the end of junior year: 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 international 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.

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About the Author: 
Sarah Darer Littman is the critically acclaimed author of BacklashWant to Go Private?Life, AfterPurge; and Confessions of a Closet Catholic,winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. When she’s not writing novels, Sarah is an award-winning columnist for the online site CT News Junkie. She teaches creative writing as an adjunct professor in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University and with Writopia Lab. Sarah lives in Connecticut. You can visit her online at

Rating: ★★
My Review: This book has so many issues.  I don't even remember where I got this book from. I think I might have picked it up for one of my kids but who knows at this point.  Its kind of on the old side.  

Early on I knew this one was not going to end well and I have say that I guessed right. This book takes very large issues and treats them like you are in middle grade and don't know anything.  For me that just didn't work out and I had to put this one down around 65%. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Racism, Misogyny

“I know you lied about it and I also know you went to that concert your father and I specifically told you was a no go without an adult chaperone,” my mom says. I grip the door handle, trying to prevent full on panic. “What do you mean, you know?” Mom slams on the brakes at the red light so hard that my head almost hits the dash even though I'm wearing my seatbelt. “I mean that thanks to the hackers, I've had the opportunity to peruse your diary. And let me tell you, it made eye-openingreading.” I feel sick to my stomach. “They posted my diary online?” “Don't try to change the subject.” “I'm not trying to change the subject, Mom, I'm trying to find out if I'm ever going to be able to face going back to school in this lifetime. How could you do it? You had no right to read it! I can't believe they actually posted my diary. So like, anyone can read it?” Please say no. Please say this is all just a really bad prank you and Dad are playing on me for some reality show and the host is about pop out from the backseat and say, “AHAHAHAHA, just kidding! Aren't your parents such jokesters?” No such luck. “Not just your diary. Our entire private life is an open book,” Mom says.

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