This book was gifted to me back in December of 2011, at the end of the most soul crushing year I’ve ever experienced, when I was feeling truly vulnerable and lost. My husband was heading indaysto a terrifying surgery and I wasn’t sure how I was going to survive the four hours he’d be under the knife or the recovery time after.
When I’m stressed and anxious I find it hard to read “serious” novels and tend to gravitate towards formulaic books like romances or cozy mysteries that soothe me with their predictability. So, when this friend emailed me to tell me she’d sent a book to my Kindle in the hopes that it would distract me, I really didn’t think I’d be able to get into it.
Well, lo and behold, turns out that after days of sitting and staring at an off-white hospital wall, even more serious reads are enticing. And this book was gripping enough to truly hold my attention.
Texting emerged when I was already a young adult (a rather responsible and possibly boring one at that) and I don’t have teenage kids yet, so all talk of sexting had, until that moment, been somewhat lost on me. Who am I to judge people who want to send naughty texts to each other?
This is the story of two kids, two normal teenage kids, who send each other the kinds of texts that I’m willing to assume every teen kid in love sends to his or her love interest. And the story of overprotective parents who over react. And the disastrous consequences that ensue.
It’s an eye opening tale that will make you want to beg your kids to go back to simple pen and paper love notes. While this is not a memoir, it was heavily inspired by the author’s son’s real experience dealing with a similar situation.
Read this book if: You have a smart phone. You have kids. You don’t quite “get” what all the sexting hoopla is about. You love stories about Mama Bears and the challenges of raising teens.
Would this book make a good book club book? Hell yeah. If you’re a parent in this day and age, you should read this book, you should talk about it, you should learn from it. This book will lead to great conversations about the pitfalls of raising teens and the challenges of parenting while navigating the murky waters of emerging laws and emerging technology.
Want to read the other books on this list? Here they are!
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