Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top 8 by Katie Finn

Madison MacDonald had life all figured out. She has three great best friends, she’s dating one of the hottest guy’s in school, she’s got the lead in the school play, and she’s going to the Galapagos for Spring Break (while she’s not that excited, but hey it’s not the worst thing that could happen). Then the worst does happen, her Friendverse profile is hacked. Not only are her (and many other people’s) worst secrets plastered all over the Internet, but also some very unflattering pictures. Now she no longer has a boyfriend, half of her school hates her, and she’s in some very deep trouble. Thankfully she has some of the best friends a girl can have believe that she was hacked and are all determined to help her figure out who’s behind this nasty prank, and clear Madison’s name once and for all.

To be honest I was very surprised with this book. There was a good storyline, that wasn’t too predictable, the characters were cute, and it was a very cute love story. I also liked how Katie Finn addressed how much emphasis teenagers put on social networking websites by teenagers. In this case, Madison feels her whole life is ruined when her profile is hacked. This is because people rely so much on these websites, and this book shows just how much trouble these sites are.

I liked how some of the story was told through comments on Madison’s profile page; it gave an insight as to what other characters were thinking. While there were times when the book got a little slow and predictable, it quickly picked up again. This would be a great read for reluctant teen readers, as it mixes the type of way the story is told and it’s current with today’s world. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Katie Finn and was quite impressed with her debut novel.


Rowena said...

I have to get this for my niece, she has been dying to read this and I'm glad to see that someone enjoyed it so I know I won't be getting her a bad book. Thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to read this. :] Thanks for the review; I'll have to pick it up after Christmas!

Ashley said...

This sounds good. I wanna check it out.

Em said...

Sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out. :)

Barrie said...

Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

I loved this book!!! it was definently not predictable!!! i enjoy myspace and facebook so being hacked really is a big deel!!


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