From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up–Tales of technology opening gateways to different realms of existence are nothing new, but Foyt's debut novel finds a distinct voice. For Lexie, the connections she makes online are more meaningful than anything in real life, which she refers to as The Bubble. The sudden death of her mother in a hit-and-run and her father's subsequent relationship with a mysterious woman cause the teen to retreat deeper into cyberspace, where she discovers what appears to be a bridge to the afterlife. She creates a Web page for her mother and struggles to maintain contact with her, and her mother convinces her that her death was not an accident. Lexie's internal dialogue and unique spiritual perspective make her a fascinating central character, but her habit of using computer metaphors to describe everything may turn off less techno-savvy readers, e.g., …her father had already wiped her mother's icon off the Family Desktop and replaced it with Jane's.–Christi Voth, Parker Library, CO
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When Lexie's mother dies in an automobile crash, Lexie's father seems too quick to recover and fall in love with Jane. An eighth-grader who sees herself as having no social skills, and few social interests, Lexie spends most of her free time surfing the Web, and she is both delighted and mystified when her mother seems to emerge from new software she has been given. These emotions, however, are compromised by her mother's announcement that she is the victim of murder, not an accident, and Lexie must help solve the mystery of the killer's identity. Foyt's plot twists combine some fun--Lexie makes friends with the school fashionista--with lots of wish fulfillment, and Lexie is an easy target for both cheering and eye rolling. The puppy-love subplot involving Lexie's mystery e-pal seems an unnecessary bit of frosting on an otherwise inventive wedge of cake. Francisca GoldsmithCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved