Want to Go Private

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Published by: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 336
ISBN13: 978-0545151474


Abby and Luke chat online. They’ve never met. But they are going to. Soon.

When Abby meets Luke online, she can’t believe her luck. He’s nice. He’s funny. He listens to her and he thinks she’s pretty. He even gets jealous of other guys, which is adorable. Without Luke, Abby’s not sure how she’d make it through her first year of high school. Everyone, including her mom and her best friend, Faith, tells Abby that if she just made more of an effort, she’d be having fun instead of dreading each and every day as if it’s a prison sentence. But there’s nothing fun about being the lowest link in the social food chain.

Abby knows she’s not supposed to chat with random guys online. But Luke isn’t random, and he isn’t a stranger. Best of all, he really loves her. So what if she never goes out with her friends anymore and her grades are slipping? All she needs is Luke. Luke is her secret, and she’s his — it’s perfect that way. So when Luke suggests that they meet each other in person, Abby agrees. And then she’s gone. Missing. Without a trace. And everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don’t, they’ll never see Abby again…


2012 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers

“Littman's unsettling novel proves both scary and engrossing.”
Entertainment Weekly

“WANT TO GO PRIVATE? is a bold investigation of a potentially lethal, if common mixture for teen girls: emotional immaturity, technology and emerging sexuality.”
LA Times (read the full review)

“A harrowing cautionary tale about the dangers that lurk online...Littman demonstrates how easy it is to fall under the sway of a charming predator”
Publishers Weekly (read the full review)

“Want to Go Private? is a powerful read, and I applaud Sara Darer Littman for bringing awareness on the subject.”
Just Your Typical Book Blog (read the full review)

“An amazing read that I couldn't put down, Want to Go Private? is as striking & authentic as Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.”
Tattooed Books (read the full review)

“Sarah Darer Littman’s Want to Go Private? is in important book. It’s intense and gripping, and a cautionary tale that parents and teens alike should read. Highly recommended.”
The Reading Zone (read the full review)