by Jillian Blake
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 16th 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Alexandria Prep is hacked in this whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud.
Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.
But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first, it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.
Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives:
Sometimes we share too much.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anna has just been dumped by her popular boyfriend and she’s basically without any friends. She slowly starts to reconnect with the friends she left behind when she got in a relationship. Everything was fine until suddenly, things aren’t. Students’ phones are being hacked and a few of them got a few laughs out of it. But things take a turn for the worst. All of their secrets, even the dark ones, are being exposed to everyone at Alexandria Prep. The students at Alexandria Prep had no idea of what was to come.
I really enjoyed this short mystery novel. We have Anna who’s dealing with Social Anxiety Disorder as well as everything that is happening at the school. Because of what is happening, Anna is scared her text messages and everything she shared will come to light. She already saw how the secrets being exposed divided a friendship and she’s determined to not let that happen to her.
I was happy to see Anna grow as the story went on. She owned up to her secrets, no matter the consequences, which is extremely hard to do. This book shows how we really can’t share everything of our lives. Sure, we want to share them so people can know we are having fun and what we think, but in the end, it does more harm than good.
Overall, Antisocial was a quick mystery that sheds light on the ugly side of social media and sharing secrets through them. One hack and your life could literally fall apart.
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