Dear Jo: The Story of Losing Leah ... and Searching for Hope
When Maxine received Jo, her journal, as a present for her birthday, she never imagined that she would use it to chronicle the most terrifying of events&
Since her own parents refused to install the internet in their home, Max spens a lot of time over at her best friend, Leahs. How dangerous could it be, especially if they never used their real names or told anyone where they lived? Together, the two girls create a fake online persona to flirt with folks they met on their favorite music forum.
Caught by her mother, Maxs fun on the internet ends, but Leahs spins out of control. Max is aware that Leahs online relationship is getting serious, but shes as powerless as everyone else when Leah disappears.
Maxs entries in Jo follow her as she learns to deal with Leahs abduction, and the knowledge that she could have just as easily been the one taken. Although this book manages to be rather preachy at times, I still found it to be an interesting look at survivors guilt and depression, and stayed on the edge of my seat until the books conclusion.