A Novel

Book - 2011
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Sexting leads to big trouble for two teenagers in Fowler's Picoult-lite latest, a cautionary tale more intent on hammering home its message than in creating believable characters. Anthony Winter, a charismatic 18-year-old raised by a single mom, is dating Amelia Wilkes, a nice girl from a wealthy, conservative family that doesn't want her in a relationship with a student who can afford private school only because his mother teaches there. Kids being kids armed with camera phones and digital cameras, they e-mail each other nude digital photos, and when Amelia's father comes across pictures of Anthony on his daughter's computer, he calls the police, and a nightmare begins for all involved: Anthony faces being branded a sex offender, and Amelia gets in trouble with the law as well. Unfortunately, Fowler diminishes the power of her story with a cast of predictable, two-dimensional characters (i.e., Amelia's controlling father is bad; Anthony's supportive mom is good) whose sole purpose is to move the plot forward.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345515537
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOWLER
Characteristics: 366 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 24, 2013

I gave this book 4* in the end but the whole time I was reading it, it was completely insufferable. The subject matter and storey line was irritating b/c it’s the entire Dad’s fault, he screwed up his daughter’s life and everyone in it and they just sit there and take it. It made my Go-Train commute irritating. That being said, if you have teenagers force them to read it in the hope of scaring the sh** out of them with charges you didn’t realize could hold their weight – based on a true storey of the author’s son actually, brutal.

Mar 27, 2012

At first, I thought this book was geared more towards teens and the texting world, but I learned a lot about my teens world of communication and the risks involved with it.

carrilis Oct 03, 2011

A current theme, easy, quick read.

jessica_wirth May 31, 2011

great adult story about young love, parental advocation, and technological indescretions! Would definitely recommend!


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