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Identity Crisis Hardcover – January 1, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Annalise is a sophomore at Danville High School in a small town near Boston. She has family, friends, and a love for the rock band Brass Knuckles. When Annalise's mom fails to acquire concert tickets, Annalise turns to her online Brass Knuckles family. As she complains about her plight on the online forum, a newcomer to the page, Declan O'Keefe, engages Annalise directly to commiserate with her. Declan and Annalise begin an online friendship and discover that they have a lot in common. Annalise can hardly believe her luck. As their online relationship matures and Annalise begins to have feelings for Declan, she decides to surprise him at his home. Unfortunately, when Annalise arrives on Declan's doorstep, she discovers that she's been the victim of a "catfishing" prank. Three girls from school, including Noelle, created the fake Declan's online profile and pretended to be him. How this melodrama plays out is unconventional and worth the read. Schorr creates a robust and likable character in Annalise. But as believable as the characters are, the situations through which they struggle are less credible. Many of the scenes seem somewhat contrived. On the other hand, the writing and language are fluid and blend seamlessly with the mood of the book. The chapters are short and switch from the point of view of Annalise and Noelle. VERDICT A solid additional purchase for large YA collections.—Jeni Tahaney, Duncanville High School Library, TX
"Catfishing is used as a way to get revenge in this social-media-themed cautionary tale. Each girl's personal discoveries and growth make this a strong choice for libraries and a good discussion starter about social media and bullying." --Booklist
"Annalise...discovers that she's been the victim of a 'catfishing' prank. How this melodrama plays out is unconventional and worth the read. Schorr creates a robust and likable character in Annalise.... The writing and language are fluid and blend seamlessly with the mood of the book. A solid additional purchase for large YA collections."--School Library Journal
"Teenage girls play out a revenge drama online only to discover that there's no hiding one's true identity. A crowd pleaser...for teens looking for love in all the wrong places, this social media fable is dramatized with love triangles, revenge, and rock-'n'-roll." --Kirkus Reviews
"Identity Crisis delves into offline difficulties, too, from job loss, fear of parental divorce, slut-shaming, fandom, body image issues, sibling stress and other issues that compound their virtual lives. Parents, teacher and tweens/teens need to read Identity Crisis. There are many important lessons that can be learned. You will come away with a new sense of empathy--and want to be sure that no one ever does this to someone you love." --Sue Scheff on The Huffington Post
"This breezy novel may appeal to readers who like the melodrama of adolescence." --The Horn Book Magazine
"An addicting storyline that shows the rise of the prank, the discovery, and the reconstruction of the girls' relationship.... An awesome and nail-biting plot, and the conflict is simply irresistible. Noelle is a character most readers can probably empathize with. The story is unique, and it's definitely for those who are looking for something out of the ordinary." --YA Books Central
"Extremely important and beautiful. Couldn't stop reading, really helped me understand peer pressure and the Internet." --Teen Librarian Toolbox/School Library Journal
"Addressing 'mean girl' behaviors, along with Internet safety and the verity of online identities, Schorr's novel delivers a carefully crafted tale.... A fast, fun read for contemporary teen girls interested in friendship, revenge, bullying, regret, light romance, and online safety, this drama-filled novel will encourage less-inclined readers to persevere to the end. This book is recommended for public and school libraries." --VOYA Magazine
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'Identity Crisis' delves into so many issues, from friends and crushes to in-fighting, bullying, and the ever popular problem of figuring out how to fit in when you sorely stick out. This is due in no small part to the spread of rumors that main character Annalise's enemies have inflicted on her.
Catfishing is the main topic of interest in this novel, and it is as prevalent and timely as can be. Cyberbullying is more and more of a problem with each new school year and each new crop of students, and Annalise finds herself the victim of it when she unwittingly spends time with Amos, another girl's boyfriend, during freshman year. When his girlfriend, Eva, gets wind of him spending time with Annalise, she and her friends make the rest of Annalise's freshman year almost unbearable for her. When sophomore year rolls around, the rumors are still swirling, and there is not much Annalise knows to do to make them stop. Little does she know that Cooper Franklin's interest in her will spark another emotionally scarring attack, spearheaded by Eva but brought to fruition by Eva's pal Noelle, who has a crush on Cooper and thinks that catfishing Annalise will somehow help her on her journey to win Cooper's heart.
When the whole catfishing scheme is turned on its head by Annalise, who little by little discovers the truth, nothing is as it seems anymore. With twists and turns that you wouldn't even expect, everyone, including the most unlikely of characters, finds themselves searching for their identities, or even losing them, as the novel progresses.
A gripping and sincerely telling tale of strength in the face of adversity and how realizing one's worth can be found in the unlikeliest places, 'Identity Crisis' leaves readers feeling immersed in the lives of characters who are trying to find themselves while at the same time facing the angst-ridden world of being teenagers.
Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
In this tale of bullying in the 21st century, Eva, a vindictive and troubled teenage girl convinces her friends Noelle and Tori to create a false online boyfriend to humiliate and bully Annalise, the girl Eva is crazy jealous of. No one anticipates where this mean-spirited catfishing prank will lead them, least of all, shy and smart Noelle, who lacks the courage to stand up to her cruel friends.
Told from the point of Annalise and Noelle, Identity Crisis sheds light on the way false virtual identities can define more and more of our lives if we let them, but it is more than a cautionary tale. It is also the often laugh out loud funny story of what it takes to find ourselves in this brave new world, and a delight from beginning to end. Though technically YA, it will appeal to 'identity-seekers' of all ages.
Besides being an enjoyable read, this book speaks volumes to today's teens and the social media pressures they endure. You can be whoever you want behind your avatar, or you can more yourself than you are in person. The problem is this: How does anyone know if you're authentic or genuine?
This compelling novel explores online relationships, identities, and a modern phenomenon called catfishing. Catfishing is the crafting of a false identity to lure someone into a romantic relationship. This isn't just something that happens on dating sites, this happens in America's high schools too. This book is an excellent choice for teens, parents, and educators!
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