Littman, Sarah Darer In Case You Missed It, 305 pgs. Scholastic Press (Scholastic Inc.), 2016. $17.99 Language – PG (8 swear, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG; Violence – PG;
Sammy has the normal frustrating parents, the normal secret crush, and the normal teenage imperfections to keep in a diary away from prying eyes. The only difference between Sammy’s normality and every other high schooler is that her diary, synced to her family’s cloud account, gets hacked in an attack on her father’s bank. And her diary is posted online for anyone to read. Suddenly, all of Sammy’s normal frustrations and secrets aren’t secret; now they are subjected to scrutiny and judgment.
Littman uses Sammy’s story to address lots of important struggles in life: downsides of technology, human fickleness, script processing, and just the fact that life is a struggle. Our lives are composed of challenges that come from our own choice or the choices of those around us and our reactions. While my problems are not the same ones that Sammy experiences, I found that the changes she made in her life encourage me to the see the good amid the embarrassing, the bad, and the ugly of life.
HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen