Review: Risk by Fleur Ferris

Release Date: July 1st 2015
Published By: Random House
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: Taylor and Sierra have been best friends for their whole lives. But Taylor’s fed up. Why does Sierra always get what – and who – she wants? From kissing Taylor’s crush to stealing the guy they both met online for herself, Sierra doesn’t seem to notice when she hurts her friends.

So when Sierra says Jacob Jones is the one and asks her friends to cover for her while she goes to meet him for the first time, Taylor rolls her eyes.

But Sierra doesn’t come back when she said she would.

One day. Two days. Three . . .

What if Taylor’s worrying for nothing? What if Sierra’s just being Sierra, forgetting about everyone else to spend time with her new guy?

When Taylor finally tells Sierra’s mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed.

Can Taylor find Sierra’s abductor in time? Or should she be looking for a killer?

 

Review:  In my opinion this is a book that every teenager (boys as well as girls) and their parents should read. It is a thought provoking story about cyber security and the consequences of what you post online. Having met some of my closest friends online I consider myself lucky that everything turned out ok.

In my opinion this is a book that every teenager (boys as well as girls) and their parents should read. It is a thought provoking story about cyber security and the consequences of what you post online. Having met some of my closest friends online I consider myself lucky that everything turned out ok.

This is the story about Taylor and Sierra, two teenage girls who like most teenagers these days live their lives online. The girls have been best friends their entire lives but Taylor has always been jealous of Sierra. Sierra is very pretty, always gets what she wants, has wealthy parents (although they’re not always around) and can have any boy she chooses including it seems the one boy Taylor has been crushing on for quite some time. Taylor has had enough.

Sierra has had all internet privileges taken away by her parents as she stayed out with a boy one night and lied about it but got caught, so she uses Taylor’s computer to meet Jacob Jones online. When Jacob starts messaging Taylor she is beyond excited and thinks he likes her better than Sierra. Then she finds out he is messaging both her and Sierra and has made plans with Sierra to meet up one Friday afternoon and Taylor is devastated.

When Sierra asks Taylor to cover for her while she goes to meet Jacob, Taylor isn’t happy about it but it is her best friend so she agrees. However when Sierra doesn’t come home that night, or the next day or night, Taylor is torn as to what to do. Should she tell her mum and get her best friend in trouble or wait and see if she turns up? By Sunday afternoon she eventually decides to tell her mum and things quickly escalate from there.

The police become involved as Sierra is now classified as a missing person, Taylor’s computer and phone are taken as evidence as well as those of her friends, Sierra’s mum won’t even look at Taylor as she blames her for what has happened and Taylor is not only worried about her friend but is now feeling guilty for not speaking up earlier.

When it is determined that Jacob Jones doesn’t really exist, Taylor decides to start a website called Risk that helps teens discuss those they have met online, share experiences or just to let others know that they are going to meet these people in case things go bad. The website becomes a huge success with the help of Taylor’s friends and computer studies teacher and Taylor even starts going to other schools in the area sharing her experience with others.

Fleur Ferris has called upon her experiences as a police officer and paramedic to write a very thought provoking and thrilling novel. I’m not usually a great fan of contemporary however I absolutely enjoyed reading this and it kept me interested until the very end.

 

 

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  • AHA SO GOOD TO HEAR YOU ENJOYED THIS! Also, hello from a fellow Aussie book nerd! But anyways I read Wreck last month and absolutely loved it so I am DYING to read this, especially seeing it’s so relatable to the now! Thanks for sharing!

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