A book like this really freaks me out. Not because of the subject but because of the reality of it. Things like WTGP really, truly happen. When I was 14 there was no worry about online predators. Commodore-64 was known for Logo and Oregon Trail, not chat rooms and Facebook. This day and age anyone can be anyone online and that is a scary thought especially when it comes to young teens. And Abby is the perfect example of how easy it can be to become a victim of this kind of crime and why predators look for kids like her.
There was nothing significant about Abby. She was a 14 year old average girl scared to start high school and for things to change. She was under pressure from her friends, her family and school. Her best friend Faith was fitting in as a freshman with no problem and that scared Abby. Instead of talking to someone Abby turned to the Internet and a boy she didn't know named Luke. Luke was good, very good at getting this naive girl to trust him. He knew what to say and how to say it to get Abby sucked in. He was smooth and slick and made himself seem completely trustworthy and that he loved her. He made her feel special and that was what she needed. By the time he sprung the idea on Abby to meet she was too far gone to see the warning signs.
The part of this book that I really liked was that the story wasn't just about Abby and how she became a victim. It was also about how it affected the people around her like her obnoxious sister Lily, her parents, the boy who was crushing on her and her best friend Faith. Abby may have been the victim but she wasn't the only one that had to deal with the aftermath. Every person in her life was affected by this situation and I think it was important that the author showed that. Instead of the whole book being from Abby's POV the second and third parts had Lily's, Faith's and Billy's POV and showed how her disappearance impacted their lives.
Littman wrote an extraordinarily real story about the dangers of online chatting for teens in current society. It worried me and made me think of my 13 year old goddaughter and the world she lives in. Just a phenomenally amazing book. A must read!