Identity Theft

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April 30, 2013
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The second title in the exciting relaunch of Point Horror!

Hayley is going to have the best year ever. After years of careful planning, she's ready to serve as student council president AND editor-in-chief of the newspaper. Ivy League, here she comes!

However, just before student council elections, someone creates a fake facebook profile for Hayley and starts posting inappropriate photos and incriminating updates. It must be the work of a highly skilled Photoshopper, but the attention to detail is scary. The embarrassing photos of "Hayley" in her bathing suit reveal a birthmark on her back--a birth mark Hayley has never shown in public. . . .

The situation escalates until Hayley's mother reveals some shocking information. Hayley isn't an only child: She has a twin sister who was adopted by a different family. And that's not all. Soon, Hayley discovers that her long-lost sister isn't just playing a prank--she's plotting to take over Hayley's life . . . by any means necessary.

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Suspenseful But Problematic
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3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
What I Loved:

The premise is fascinating. I love the idea of a long-lost twin trying to sabotage and eventually take over her sister's identity. There were plenty of creepy, suspenseful things in the story--like finding things slightly out of place in the heroine's bedroom or getting threatening texts from a blocked number--that should keep readers turning pages.

The novel is fast-paced and makes for a quick read. The horror aspects are actually quite light, and the suspense never reaches that "now-I'm-going-to-have-nightmares" level, which makes this book perfect for younger YA readers.

What Left Me Wanting More:

The heroine is so self-absorbed (not in an intentionally selfish way) that most readers will find it difficult to relate to her. When faced with overwhelming evidence that someone is stalking her, she not only doesn't go to an adult to ask for help (even though she has strong relationships with several teachers and guidance counselors), she decides she must be going crazy. Readers may be frustrated that such a smart girl can't put two and two together faster and chooses not to be more proactive about her own fate.

The high school social structure, dialogue, and relationships lack the authenticity that teen readers are looking for. The heroine claims her student body is divided into the creatives, the popular kids, the smart kids, and the hacky sack kids. I have teens in my home and none of them even know what a hacky sack is. Their school social structure isn't divided strictly along narrow lines, either. The slang used in the story also doesn't match slang used currently by teens. And the relationships with secondary characters feel under-developed to the point that readers may have difficulty caring about any of those characters or relationships.

Finally, there are a few scenes inside a psychiatric hospital for teens. The doctor and staff there are portrayed as harsh, threatening, and easily manipulated. The therapy sessions don't resemble true therapy in the least. This reader was disappointed that an opportunity to show troubled teens that therapy can be a healthy, viable option was instead used as a chance to reinforce the old stereotypes.

Final Verdict:

Readers looking for a fast-paced read with light horror elements might enjoy Identity Theft.
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