Author: C.J. Lyons
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 3 Stars
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any cellphone or computer webcam, no one is safe – including Jesse.
Jesse seems like a normal sixteen-year-old, but he isn’t. He is a victim of
King – a ruthless hacker who has been blackmailing Jesse with incriminating
screen photos and videos. So far, Jesse’s given in to King’s demands in order
to protect his family. But now King wants something that’s too horrible to
contemplate- and if he doesn’t get it, King will kill Jesse’s little sister.
Terrified and helpless, the answer to Jesse’s prayers arrives in the form of a
plain manila envelope. Inside there’s a phone number and a note: I can help.
is a gritty and realistic story of the terrifying realities of cyberbullying
and child pornography. This book is hard to read at times and will make you
sick to your stomach, but this is an important subject that shouldn’t be
ignored as it often is.
characters, Jesse and Miranda are both victims of cyberbullying, which in turn has
resulted in child pornography. Jesse is trapped in a life where he must “perform”
for King or risk his mom and sister’s lives. Trapped in a life ruled by King
and his uncle, Jesse struggles with his own self-worth. He believes that he is
a coward because he can’t break free, can’t say no. I thought this was a pretty
realistic thought process for him. It was heartbreaking watching him go through
all of this without anyone to turn to.
hand, has been through a similar ordeal, only she has broken somewhat away from
King. Not entirely. But enough to where she’s no longer “performing” for him.
But as a result of her ordeal, Miranda suffers from severe mental illness. She
has agoraphobia, the fear of leaving her home. I have never personally known
someone with this, so I can’t say with 100% certainty, but I do feel like her
mental state was well portrayed. Miranda wanted so desperately to take King
down, but she struggled with her own feelings of cowardice. Both of these characters’
stories intertwined into a painful, but beautiful struggle. They are both
pushed to their breaking points, do extreme things, but in the end they are
fighting for the same thing: justice.
this book will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting and hoping
desperately for someone to catch the sick, twisted man that King is. There were
some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and the plot line definitely
kept me turning the pages. All that being said, I did lack a certain connection
with the characters. As emotional as the story was (or I guess was supposed to
be), I didn’t really get all that emotional. Sure, I cringed at how sick King
and Jesse’s uncle were. And it made me sick to my stomach knowing that Jesse
and Miranda weren’t his only victims. But I never connected on the deep
emotional level that I wanted to which is why I only gave this one three stars.
Still, it’s an important story that I think needed to be told.