Random

Finished Random by Tom Leveen.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall and Thirteen Reasons Why.

Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.

He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself.

The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he’ll be the second person connected to Tori to take his own life. And the first just might land her in jail. After her Facebook page became Exhibit A in a tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can’t help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if he’s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death.

With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a stranger—and maybe redeem herself—leading to a startling conclusion that changes everything…”

This is an amazing concept and the book caught my interest immediately.

The problem is that (probably not surprisingly) there’s a twist, and I thought that the twist ruined things a bit.

I also wish that we had gotten more of Tori’s recent past (in terms of what led up to the cyberbullying trial) and a little less of Tori-and-random-caller.

Still, this is a solid three stars, possibly 3.5.  It’s definitely worth reading (especially for teens; it shows just how easily “teasing” someone on Facebook can have tragic consequences.  I don’t want to sound like an elderly person, but kids today don’t seem to realize that stuff on the internet is there forever, whether that’s bullying someone or taking risque pictures).

It could’ve been a lot better than it was, but it’s still an interesting read.

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