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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st U.S. ed edition (September 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158234793X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582347936
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,976,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Hooper's (Megan) briskly paced Internet "sex-crime" novel, Amy narrates her cautionary tale as a rather unwieldy case report to a policewoman. Amy is part of a foursome of teenaged English girlfriends until one friend moves away and she becomes a third wheel. "So, with the end of the Amy-Bethany-Lou friendship, I had to find something to replace it." In a chat room one day, she begins talking with "Zed," who claims he's 18, and decides to meet him, despite her own intuitions about the danger, plus warnings from her parents and new geeky-but-wise friend "Beaky." Zed indeed turns out to be a pervert who gives Amy a date rape drug and then, as she later recalls through "flashbacks," proceeds to photograph her naked (he does not rape her). Amy comes across convincingly ("When people are described as being a `bit of a loner,' it sounds as if they're deep and mysterious, but actually all it means is that they haven't got anyone to go round with, and how sad is that?") even if readers may question whether Amy would adopt this voice for a police report ("He was my one big hope in the world and I wanted him to be everything I'd dreamed he'd be"); the transcripts of e-mail exchanges read more credibly. But in the end the message trumps the momentum of the story which, although horrific in its content, may leave readers wondering how Amy's feeling about all that's happened. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-Amy, a British teen, has had a falling out with her two closest friends. Lonely, she begins chatting regularly on the Internet with a guy named Zed; eventually, they decide to get together in person. On an isolated beach, he slips her a "date rape" drug and takes nude photographs of her while she's unconscious. Later, she has no memory of what happened until she discovers her shirt on backward and starts to have realistic dreams of her experience. With new friend Beaky's help, Amy sets out to trap Zed and turn him in to the police. The book is written in flashbacks in the form of a police report as Amy tells a policewoman the story. Plot and characters are a bit simplistic, but the protagonist is sympathetic and realistic, and her reluctance to confide in her parents or to believe that Zed is lying is believable. The message is important for all teens and hasn't been addressed much in contemporary fiction.
Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book, I am not normally a big reader unless I find a book that really interests me. I caught the common cold, didn't want to do homework, and sat down reading the book in one sitting; about 3 hours worth of reading! The book was that good! A quick, and easy read, I would recommend it to all young adults and teenagers.

After friends ditch her, Amy becomes a loner and tries looking to online help for company. She goes into hundreds of chatrooms, looking for that special someone of a friend. She meets the "perfect" Zed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loves to buy books! on February 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My daugher (13 years old) typically hates to read voluntarily and she could not put this book down. She rarely reads a book from cover to cover yet she devoured this book. We are hoping to discover whether some of Mary Hooper's other books are equally as appealing.
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By KTJ on June 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found AMY a very good book. The begining was a little slow, but once Amy actually met Zed in person, it speeded up. The character Beaky i thought was kind of undevoloped. I also thought the ending was kind of sudden. I never got to see what happened with Bethany and Amy and i never got to see what happened to Zed. This is a great book for teens who want a good suspenceful story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The main character Amy is a typical English teenager concerned with clothes, friends, and her parents. Amy's two girlfriends drop her because "three's a crowd." Amy then excapes to her computer and a chat room where she meets Zed. Amy and Zed take the next step to meet and that's where the conflict begins.
AMY is an excellent young adult novel. It is interesting, moves quickly, and keeps the reader guessing in a mystery. I teach young adults and will recommend this novel in my own classroom. The author, Mary Hooper, does create a typical young adult novel. Teenage girl having boy issues and issues at home searches for an escape; this book has been written many times before with different characters. The new and inventive piece in this novel is the fact that Amy and Zed meet in a chat room. 10 years ago this novel would not have existed in that venue.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Amy's best friends have alienated her, the only school chum she has now is an odd girl who is also not part of the mainstream, and Amy finds herself increasingly drawn to Zed, whom she meets in an online chat room. When she decides to take the next step and meet him in person, conflict begins in this realistic story of a modern girl's encounter with Internet romance and ideals.
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