Sunday, 14 August 2016

READ: Risk.

When I was a teenager, my mother handed me Go Ask Alice and told me that it was required reading for everybody. For those who haven't read it (*gasp!*), it's the diary of a teenage girl who becomes addicted to drugs, and the way that this affects her life. Mum's aim, no doubt, was to scare me away from ever wanting to try them - and whether it was because of this book or not, I never have. I've never even smoked a cigarette. 

If I ever have children, I will have them read this book - but I will also have them read Risk by Fleur Ferris. 

I finished this book late last night, way past my bedtime because I simply couldn't put it down. This is a story that I'm recommending to everybody - but especially to parents with teens and tweens who are just discovering the marvelous world of meeting people online. I always thought that I'd been careful with my online chatting, but this book taught me a lot. And why wouldn't it have? Ferris has been both a police officer and a paramedic in the past! 

Risk is the story of two best friends - Sierra and Taylor - who meet a boy online and proceed to spend the entire weekend chatting with him. Sierra is so smitten with the so-called Jacob Jones that she and he agree to meet up after school on Friday, taking all the same precautions that I myself might have: they meet in a public place, Sierra calls Taylor while on the date to say that she is fine, and they arrange to meet up later. 

Of course, Sierra doesn't show up when she says that she would - and this is where the story begins. 

I don't want to spoil this for anybody, because I want everybody to read it for themselves. Trust me - you won't be sorry if you do!

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