Unfriended By Rachel Vail

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Truly and her best friend, Hazel, are normal 8th grade girls. They have been best friends since 6th grade.

Truly and her best friend, Hazel, are normal 8th grade girls. They have been best friends since 6th grade. But when one of the popular girls, Natasha, invites Truly to sit at the popular table, she sort of leaves Hazel behind. Truly joins Brooke, Lulu, Evangeline, Jack, Clay and Natasha , who are nicer than they seem, for lunch. Soon she becomes part of their clique, and leaves Hazel in the dust. They post all sorts of pictures on social media about how cute they are, etc. They all become good friends until Hazel does something to make Natasha mad at Truly. In return, Natasha then posts mean things about herself on social media, claiming that they came from Truly. All the other girls start to doubt Truly's loyalty to them, and this entire thing turns into a big mess on Facebook. Will Truly ever escape the downward spiral of social media?

 

 

I really found this book interesting because every chapter was told from a different point of view. So while one chapter could be told by Brook, the next one might be Clay. This kept the book from becoming monotonous. The other reason I liked this book is because I found it extremely accurate to what our social lives are now. The cafeteria divided by the popular ones, the artsy ones, the smart ones, the jocks. Sound familiar? I think kids -especially girls-12 and up would enjoy this book because they will be able relate to most of the characters. There is some questionable language in this book, so beware if you are uncomfortable with that.  This was a good read, and I recommend the book.  Please note that it is not for sale until September 25th .