In Case You Missed It

  • Review
By – March 23, 2017

Six­teen-year-old Sam­my Wal­lach frets over AP exams, SAT scores, the prom, and get­ting her dri­ver’s license. But when her CEO father’s gigan­tic, well-known finan­cial com­pa­ny gets hacked, Sam­my’s life is flipped upside down and turned inside out. Not only do leaked com­pa­ny emails reveal that her father tol­er­at­ed sex­ist and racist con­ver­sa­tions and work­place actions, the scan­dal has been picked up by major news­pa­pers and web­sites. Even worse, as unfor­tu­nate col­lat­er­al dam­age” the entire Wal­lach fam­i­ly’s dig­i­tal his­to­ry and cloud infor­ma­tion is also leaked. Sud­den­ly, Sam­my feels like her father is a stranger, and she help­less­ly stands by as every­thing she has ever texted, emailed, pho­tographed or jour­naled on her com­put­er is out for the world to see. The leaks change every­thing; after read­ing what she wrote about them, Sam­my’s best friends won’t speak to her, and she is mocked by class­mates. Sam­my is no stranger to hid­ing things from her par­ents (such as sneak­ing out to a con­cert they for­bid her to attend), and through her now pub­lic dig­i­tal jour­nal, they find out about the lies she has told. Even worse, the hack caus­es seri­ous fam­i­ly secrets to come to light and Sam­my is thrust into a world she nev­er knew exist­ed, with wor­ries she nev­er even imag­ined. As a result of these expe­ri­ences, Sam­my’s out­look on life is irrev­o­ca­bly changed. Along with typ­i­cal teen angst and oth­er YA top­ics, the book chron­i­cles deep issues that can affect fam­i­lies: can­cer, racism, sex­ism and the per­ils of over­ex­po­sure in mod­ern day. A well-writ­ten, thought-pro­vok­ing read and cau­tion­ary tale.

Fol­low­ing the tra­jec­to­ry of her pre­vi­ous two YA nov­els, Want To Go Pri­vate? and Back­lash, which also involve the impli­ca­tions of a tech­nol­o­gy-reliant soci­ety espe­cial­ly for teenagers, Dar­er Littman explores the dark­er side of social media and the ever-advanc­ing age of tech­nol­o­gy in In Case You Missed It.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 12 – 18.

Jil­lian Bietz stud­ied library tech­nol­o­gy and research skills and cur­rent­ly works in the library sys­tem. She is a book review­er for the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and Kirkus Review Indie. Jil­lian lives in South­ern California.

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