Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman



After years of struggling with anxiety and body image issues, Lara has finally turned her life around. She’s even somewhat popular and on the cheerleading squad. When a boy she doesn’t know, Christian, friends her on Facebook, Lara accepts. Their online friendship soon turns to romance — until Christian abruptly breaks it off and humiliates Lara online. Bree, Lara’s ex-best-friend, is happy Lara is getting put “back in her place”, but has no idea how devastated Lara really is over the incident. Lara’s online life suddenly spirals out of control, bringing real life consequences crashing down.

So, you can tell from my rating that this book wasn’t my favorite. BUT, that doesn’t mean you won’t like it. I personally felt that this book was super cheesy and did a great job of hammering its message home over and over and over. Don’t get me wrong; the message is very important! Online actions definitely have real life consequences, and it’s important that we realize those consequences. I’ve also had lots of kids tell me they LOVE this book. It’s got life drama, Facebook drama, romance drama — there’s a lot to like. I just didn’t. But you may want to give this book a try if you’re a fan of realistic fiction.

Rating: 2.5/5

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