IDENTITY CRISIS, Melissa Schorr

9 January, 2016

Identity Crisis

In her debut Young Adult novel from Merit Press, Melissa Schorr spins a riveting tale of social media revenge.

Who does she think she is? Annalise’s audacious freshman-year hookup with Cooper Franklin has a trio of friends thirsting for revenge. So they catfish Annalise by creating the perfect virtual guy, with Noelle playing along reluctantly only because her lifelong crush, Cooper, is in love with Annalise. As Annalise falls for it, even buying tickets for the concert of the year for her and her mythical new guy, Noelle feels more and more guilty. Then, the whole thing blows up and Annalise faces her betrayers. But when Annalise forgives, the reunited friends learn that adults–even famous adults–can be even more bogus than teenagers.

Reviews

“Annalise…discovers that she’s been the victim of a ‘catfishing’ prank. How this melodrama plays out is unconventional and worth the read. Schorr creates a robust and likable character in Annalise…. The writing and language are fluid and blend seamlessly with the mood of the book. A solid additional purchase for large YA collections.”–School Library Journal

“Teenage girls play out a revenge drama online only to discover that there’s no hiding one’s true identity. A crowd pleaser…for teens looking for love in all the wrong places, this social media fable is dramatized with love triangles, revenge, and rock-‘n’-roll.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Catfishing is used as a way to get revenge in this social-media-themed cautionary tale. Each girl’s personal discoveries and growth make this a strong choice for libraries and a good discussion starter about social media and bullying.” –Booklist