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    Life-Changing Book

    Ari Wren is your stereotypical freshman girl. She hangs out with a small group of friends, is addicted to Snapchat, and crushes on the senior star football player. Then something strange happens. Cade Waters, quarterback for Ari’s high school football team and hottest guy on campus, decides to start snapchatting Ari. Joy bursts out of the freshman as a popular senior guy is finally showing her special attention. Within an instant, Ari starts up a texting romance with Cade. But good looks don’t make a person. As their relationship blooms, Cade asks Ari to send him more and more personal photos of herself. Confused and giddy with the prospect of a true relationship, Ari does what he asks. Until he asks for one picture that makes Ari stop and think. With the help of her friends and family, Ari realizes that beneath all that charm and good looks, Cade is a snake doing everything in his power to corrupt her too. Now, however, Ari is forced to make a life changing choice: stay silent, letting Cade continue to victimize her and other girls, or speak up, sharing her story, no matter what the consequences may be. Opinion: Quite honestly, Snapped was a book that changed my life. Before reading it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Whatever my expectations were, they were blown away. The character of Ari was perfect for playing an imperfect, loveable protagonist. She was a funny, endearing girl you can’t help but root for, no matter what happens. Jacci Turner, the author of this novel, did a phenomenal job portraying Ari as a naive freshman learning about the world for the first time. I also loved the character of Clayton. Characters like him and Trent proved that though more girls are sexually assaulted by guys, there are so many guys out there who are as charming, encouraging, and kind as they seem. Clayton was a perfect example of that. I also liked that Turner gave the statistic showing that all people, no matter the gender, can be victimized too. It is important to realize that this is not okay. These things are not normal, and this novel is a creative, beautiful way of raising awareness about online sexual assault, a very prevalent problem in our society today. This book helped me realize that with more technology, comes greater responsibility. As I mentioned earlier, this book has changed my life. It opened my eyes to issues that aren’t brought up as much as they should be. Sexting and pornography are more of a problem than we like to admit, and this book showed just how much these kinds of things affect people. I became more aware of the fact that what happened to Ari can happen to anyone. Ari was a good girl. She was innocent and naive, thinking that the guy of her dreams finally paid special attention to her because of who she was. I’m sad to say that not everyone is as good as they may seem. Anyone can be assaulted on the internet because the predator finds it is so much easier to prey on the innocent through a screen than face to face. This can happen to anyone. It could happen to me. On a lighter note, the highlight of this book, in my opinion, was Ari’s reaction to this abuse. She didn’t shrink away and try to ignore the looks and whispers. She stood up and fought. It takes one brave voice to change thousands of lives. Ari was that voice. Because of her influence, many other brave teenagers were able to step up and share their stories. That is courage. This book showed me that anyone can be a victim, and everyone can rise up and become a champion.
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    Rising against setbacks

    In Snapped, high school freshman Ari struggles with the challenges and changes that come with getting older. When popular senior Cade sends her photos and messages to show his interest in her, Ari is unsure how to handle the attention. As his comments get more personal and indecent, she needs to make several decisions on whether the approval of a boy and others are worth the risks that arise if she allows it to happen. Her year-long journey teaches her how to stand up for what she feels is right, as well as how to refuse the dangers of peer pressure. This story displays a major theme of rising against setbacks, as well as owning up to your actions and words. For example, Ari is displayed as a naive and hopeful teenager in the beginning. When she is asked to send risky pictures of herself to a boy, she seriously considers doing so. Although at this point I found her thought-process disturbing, unfortunately many teenage girls find themselves at the center of these types of problems in real life. Regardless of her uncertainty in this situation, Ari's character development was astounding and leaves a positive message to many girls, whether they are vulnerable or just trying to figure out themselves. This is especially true when she used honesty to confront those who victimized her using peer pressure and other forms of bullying. The benefits and significance of having a support group is also displayed in this story. Ari's family and friends helped and encouraged her to defend herself against bullies and unhealthy friendships, as well as gave her advice for the future. The grudges that Ari held against Meike were freed as she realized how sometimes the people you didn't connect with in the past could eventually become an ally in the present and future. I appreciate that this was added in the story because it can remind readers that people change and that the circumstance is not always negative. The presence of female character development, an important support group, and strong messages that look toward empowering both women and girls makes this book a must-read for many types of readers. The realities of growing up are shown in Snapped, which also makes it a great story for pre-teens and teens who are also discovering themselves and the world around them. A sixteen year old student wrote this review of Snapped
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