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Gr 9 Up-It has been several months since Jason and Lacey started messaging each other through Facebook, and Jason has never been happier. Finally, he has found a girl who understands him and listens to the same indie bands that he does, not to mention that she also happens to be beautiful. There's only one problem: a Google search for Lacey's name links to her obituary. Stunned by this revelation, Jason is soon enveloped by the mystery surrounding Lacey's death and the dramas of the high school caste system that he has tried so hard to avoid. Defriended is an exciting mystery that will appeal to today's digital natives who have grown up surrounded by status updates, tweets, and mobile devices. Furthermore, this novel is timely due to recent high-profile examples of "catfishing"-where an individual creates a false online identity, often with deceptive or malicious romantic goals. Baron's writing style is full of references to the indie-music scene and maintains an engaging pace throughout. Of note is the regular use of instant and text messages sent between the characters, identifiable through the use of a separate font style that perfectly captures the now-dominant mode of communication among students and their peers. An excellent addition to any YA mystery collection.-Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This juicy offering from the newly revived Point Horror imprint hits kids where they live: Facebook. Jason’s mere 248 Facebook friends are indicative of his “utterly pathetic middle- and high-school career,” so it’s no wonder he’s obsessed with Lacey, a pretty 16-year-old he’s never met but who shares his music tastes via Facebook chat. Impatient to meet her in person, Jason searches the web for her name and discovers a small problem: Lacey died several months ago. So is the Lacey he’s chatting with a ghost? An imposter? Or is it possible that Lacey is still alive? Baron taps into very real modern-day concerns about online impersonations to deliver a fast, predictable, but undeniably fun horror thriller that has Jason aligning himself with Lacey’s former best friend, brother, and boyfriend, any one of whom could be the puppet master behind the deadly play. Pair this with another Point Horror title, Anna Davies’ Identity Theft(2013), which also centers around the fiendish fad of Facebook. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Series: Point Horror
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545423570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545423571
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell Vincent on July 19, 2013
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I was a little skeptical at first... I'm one of those people who usually guesses the end right away, and then just skims the rest of the book to confirm my suspicions. Not with this book. Once I got started, I was up late into the night (much to my husband's annoyance) reading. It was not easy to put down. Every time I thought, "Ok, things are going to get calm in the next couple pages and then I can go to sleep..." change! The characters were really great and the end... did not see that coming.

I strongly recommend this book.
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Ruth Baron has written a thoroughly enjoyable book. Given that I am neither a big fan of horror stories nor of tales of unhappy misfits, this is high praise. It helped that the protagonist, Jason, has a better sense of humor and more common sense than most. He's likable, and his world is filled with both teens and adults who are basically decent people who sometimes behave poorly. It's not a story that makes you cringe or a world you can't wait to leave. The horror aspects center around the creepiness of a dead friend on Facebook and while there are scenes you might not want to read while alone on a dark stormy night, Baron shows class as she avoids inserting anything truly disgusting just for shock value.
What surprised me most is that the book is also very much a crime novel, and a well done one at that. There are only so many options to explain a Facebook relationship with the dead, after all, and most if not all of them involve some kind of a crime. Baron crafts a clever solution to the situation and adds a twist or two to keep the reader guessing. It's a fun read for mystery lovers of any age.
(see my full blog post at http://ctothepowerofthree.org/2014/08/10/review-of-defriended-by-ruth-baron/)
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I bought this book at a BEA event, where I got to meet the talented author, Ruthie Baron. Meet Ruthie and you will love and appreciate this book even more! She is a self-proclaimed lover of teen-TV dramas. I read this like a TV teen-mystery, it could just as easily be on the small screen. Defriended is full of smart dialogue, quirky humor and enough suspense to keep you turning the page. Parents, don't let the cover frighten you, the term "horror" for this age-group is definitely more suspense than true horror. There is no gore or terror. So, if you want a good book for your middle-school pre-teen/teen, my opinion is that this one passes muster. M.S. or H.S. teachers (God bless you), if you have a reluctant boy or girl reader who you want to hook in with a good read, suggest this! Adult life-long readers, if you are like me and just want to whisk yourself back into the teen-scene for a few hours, this is equally fun for you! I look forward to more books from Ruthie Baron soon!
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By Curtis Cornier on June 29, 2014
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This was an amazing book I was all mysterious and had me wondering what was going to happen next it is going to be a book I remember for a long time!
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I love this book. It was action packed all the way through, it's wasn't at all what I expected it had me guessing all the way through. It was definitely way better than I expected. READ this book now it's the best story I've ever read and I'm a bookaholic. so take my word for it.
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well-written story tuned in to the realities of teen life, with an appealing hero and a feel for indie music--with a great mystery plot. The pacing is exceptional--the plot grabs you and you're off on a wild ride!
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By Wilfredo Ochoa on December 26, 2013
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I can't even explain it was a page turner I'm just sad it's over
Give it a chance you'll see it was worth it
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This book is so amazing. I love it so much. It will make your jaw drop. You must read this book!!!! If you like horror movies this is totally for you!!!
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