Monday, May 25, 2015

Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly Book Review

Thea's overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.

Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit's allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea's life spins out of control.
A Special Thanks to Merit Press for this review copy!

Who R U Really?, claims in it's blurb to excite and scare you--a real life story of internet stalking. Who R U Really, definitely read as a realistic situation but it did very little to scare or excite me for that matter. That's not to say I wasn't entertained because I was. 

My initial reaction to the first couple of chapters wasn't a good one. I thought I wouldn't be able to keep reading but I did, and it managed to keep me entertained. The main character, Thea--definitely comes off as gullible, irritating, possibly a little boy crazy, and definitely above all else naive. But, it is those very things that make the story more realistic. Once, I got that point in my head, reading the book was all the better. She's a teen who's unsure of who she is, and what she wants.  The very fact that she doesn't understand the dangers of Internet Stalking shows in the way her personality came together.

So, if you find yourself annoyed by her initially, there's a reason, and essentially it works--so keep on reading.

I do have to disagree with the overprotective parents mention in the beginning of the book. I would assume as a teen who just want to live her life as she sees fit, would find the parents overprotective. But as an outsider looking in, I felt their "protectiveness," was just the right amount. Especially considering a lot of parents in YA are painted as busy, or absentee. The mother payed just the right amount of attention, and I really appreciated that.

Let me talk briefly about the other characters, the mom, the brother, the best friend, and the "crushes." They were pretty interesting in the only way they could be in this kind of story. The mother was perfect. Her reactions, the way she handled everything--was exactly as they should be. She rocked. The best friend was the "brain" of this book--she thought in a way Thea never could. The brother was an older brother usually is. Assertive, pushy, and older brotherly. The crushes are hard to talk about because I don't want to discuss their role but they definitely kind of kick started the book, and one of them remain essential in the actual story.

All in all, Who R U Really is an interesting read that realistically portrays the dangers of the internet, and the creeps that lurk around on it. It didn't blow me away, it didn't thrill me but it kept me entertained. I would recommend this book to readers that have children, and even those that don't. I think there's something to learn for everyone in this novel.


  1. So I think the blurb makes it sound so much cooler than it actually is hahah. I thought this would be more centered around her role playing game life, but I guess not? I'm glad you enjoyed it at least! Awesome review Jazmen!

  2. this kind of sounds like something I'd like to try. I like realistic take on real life issues especially something that's not always shown in books (well at the very least I've never encountered something like this). Great review, Jazmen! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  3. I read this book a while ago as well and I really liked it. Not just for the characters and everything but like you said: there's such a great message in it. I think it's so important for everyone who uses the internet to understand that it is dangerous even though you are a bit more detached than regular conversation. Great review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  4. Hmmm…not sure about this one. I usually like my contemporary to be light and fluffy, which this is definitely not. It does sound interesting, though. Great review! ~Pam

  5. This sounds quite good and the subject matter is extremely relevant today. I might have to look further into it. I'm glad you enjoyed it and nice review.

    Lauren @