Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Top 8 / Katie Finn

Summary -
Madison MacDonald is seriously freaking out.
Age: 16
Location: Putnam, CT
Status: Single?
About Me:
Everything in my life was working out. I had my three best friends, a brand-new boyfriend, and the lead in the school play. Aside from that history paper I hadn't started, things felt perfect. Then I returned from spring break to find my Friendverse profile hacked. Someone clearly out to ruin me had spilled the most damaging secrets - AND posted the worst photos of me ever taken - online. Now my boyfriend and I are broken up, half the school hates me, and I'm in deep trouble.
Get my boyfriend back, figure out who could have done this, and clear my name! Also, pass history.

Summary - This book didn't knock my socks off. I think the whole solution to having one's friendverse site hacked would be to delete it. Or is that just me? Despite this, I think it had an interesting message about dissing people behind their backs. The hackers (of which I guessed very, very early) parroted Madison's own comments about people on her myspace-like site while she was on vacation. So while she had been hacked, she couldn't really defend heself against the comments. An interesting predicament indeed.

The formatting throughout is very interesting as it shows Madison's actual profile page including the changing top 8 friends, comments and so on. This got a little old after awhile as the msn's were also included in the text. I am not against their inclusion but I have a problem when they are pretty pravalent in a novel. What I really did enjoy was the great songs and quotes listed at the start of each chapter. One of my student's (grade 8) read this book and really enjoyed it so maybe I am just being old and jaded? Or maybe it's just something to read.

Published: 2009
Format: Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Origin: USA


Jen said...

I see this everywhere, but honestly it doesnt look that good

Alea said...

I'm all about the formatting, I would read it just for that!