|If you're out there|
Author: Loutzenhiser, Katy
Zan is baffled when her best friend, Priya, stops answering her emails after moving to California, but new friend, Logan, presents the disturbing possibility that Priya cannot answer.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 4.10
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 508035
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2018 Inseparable since childhood, Zan and Priya have a friendship that can withstand a lot—and so, though she's heartbroken about Priya's sudden move from Chicago to California, Zan hardly expects Priya to just ghost her. But that's exactly what Priya does, going suddenly silent despite Zan's repeated attempts to contact her by email and phone. Priya's Instagram, though, is filled with posts that don't even sound like her: standard shots of California accompanied by bland captions. It's not until Zan meets Logan, the new guy in her Spanish class, with a mysterious past of his own, that she's able to say out loud the crazy things she's been thinking: that's not Priya. Priya's in trouble. And it's up to Zan, who knows her well enough to pull out the minuscule clues in her social media, to figure out how to save her. This fast-paced debut features a smart, deeply insecure heroine and is as much an examination of friendship as it is a light thriller. A mystery for the digital age. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2019 Gr 7 Up—A fast-paced mystery wrapped inside a love story, Loutzenhiser's novel follows a month in the life of Zan, a teenage girl whose best friend Priya moves to California and ghosts her—ending their relationship by ceasing all communication. What makes matters worse is that all of Priya's social media posts show a change in her character. Zan believes Priya has become a shallow version of herself, someone her former best friend was not. She makes a new friend in Logan, and with him she shares her grief at the loss of her friendship with Priya. When Zan discovers something strange in Priya's latest selfie, she is worried that something more nefarious may have happened to her former best friend. Zan and Logan begin to investigate. Loutzenhiser's writing is compelling and will connect with readers who live a large part of their lives through social media and online culture. The novel features a diverse cast of characters and offers a realistic look at friendship in the digital age. VERDICT A great addition to high school library collections aiming to supply readable, engaging books for students navigating evolving relationships.—Kevin McGuire, Woodland Hills School District, PA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.