Don’t Read The Comments is a YA gaming centered novel. Most teens online game in some way or another, and they will relate to both the fun and hassles involved navigating both online friendships and harassment.
I liked both Divya and Aaron and loved the dynamics that each of them had with their families. The story is told in alternate POV chapters and you’d think that the author is female, because Eric captured the fear that women feel when being challenged online very well.
This was a quick read for me and I loved being entrenched in the gamer girl world. I think you could hand this to kids as young as thirteen with no problem. If they’ve gamed online there isn’t anything in this story that they don’t know.
It was super well done. I’m recommending it to my own gaming teen reader.
The title says scary and it means it. This collection of short stories is wildlife documentary scary. If you’ve ever watched PBS and yelled for the baby animal to “Watch Out!” You’ll love this. I’ll give this warning: the stories included are dark and sometimes disturbing. I read parts to my 13 yo and he agreed that at 9 or 10 he would have had nightmares. I’d be completely fine calling this YA, but in my opinion it is not suited for kids under the age of 12. Your mileage may vary. Pre-read it if you have any doubts, by page 33 six foxes have died.
The story aside I want to talk about the actual book a little. It features excellent thick paper, and an easy to read typeface. The best part is that the interaction between foxes (hearing the story) happen on black pages with white print and the stories they are being told to foxes are on white pages with black typeface. It’s simple, and brilliant all at once.
Things I like about this story include that it is perfect for reading a little a day. I’d say bedtime, but you know- scary. The foxes personified keep you at the edge of your seat. I’ll not that one story vilifies Beatrix Potter in a way that although true never occurred to me.
In the end it all wraps up with a happy ending and I loved it.