Rating: 3.5 stars
Cover Rating: 3.5 stars (I like that the red in her eyes goes with the rest of the cover.)
Genre: Young Adult
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: July 12, 2010
Publisher: HCI Teens
Page Count: 163 p.
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Alexis was lonely. That's most likely why even though it went against he better judgment she took up an online relationship with a man old enough to be her father. There were many times when she knew in her gut that it was a terrible idea, but sometimes what you know and what you think you need are two different things.
So it's sort of hard to write a review of somebody's life story. I can't say things like that is so unrealistic or that could never happen in real life because it is and it did. Luckily those are things I didn't think because this was a great book. I was so excited when I heard about Louder Than Words, and couldn't wait to get them in at the library. These are stories that need to be told. Alexis Singer tells her story plainly without much gritty detail, but a lot of emotion. One thing that bugged me a bit about this book though, was the timeline. She would talk about weeks or months passing but then go back to the first day of that time period. "I committed to participating in National Novel Writing Month in November... For a good two-thirds of the month, I was obsessed with it, writing 3,000 words religiously every night." Then the next chapter starts; "The day after Halloween..." I just didn't like how much the timeline jumped around. She kept getting ahead of herself with one thought and had to backtrack for the next thought. It just seemed sloppy. Besides that though, this was a fascinating look into the mind of a girl who was so lost that she sought comfort where she knew she shouldn't. I really liked that she compared her online relationship to being an addict. I can see where she's coming from. Attention somewhere is better than no attention and one can crave that comfort and then not be able to give it up that easily. This is a great novel for teens to be aware of. If it can even help one teen from not falling into a trap, maybe even worse than Alexis', than this book will have done it's job.
"I wish I had known the future when an instant message (IM) popped up in the top right hand corner of my laptop screen on June 29, 2007."
"Addicts [feel] okay when they're getting what they need on a regular basis, but withdrawal is a whole different story."