Book Review: 52 Likes by: Medeia Sharif

Publisher: Evernight Teen

Publication Date: January 16, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. Not knowing the identity of her masked rapist and dealing with the nasty rumors about that night are two things that plague her daily. 

Valerie will have to follow ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site. Why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he'll put up a fight to remain hidden.

Review: 52 LIKES is the story of Valerie’s survival in the face of bullying, rape, and attempted murder. Valerie’s a normal teenage girl who had made some bad decisions which kids at her school thought earned them the right to bully and demean her. When she went out to a party at an abandoned house, she was attacked and left for dead. Now Valerie’s receiving mysterious messages through her social media begging her to find her attacker and find one of his other victims. 52 LIKES captures the teenage world and mindset easily. From the language used in dialogue to the intense need to be connected without regard to their personal safety, the author has nailed the teenage psyche. I liked Valerie and how she refused to be a victim any longer, in fact working toward solving the mystery of her own attack. Thankfully Valerie had a good support system with her mother, best friend, and crisis counselor all working toward Valerie’s recovery. 52 LIKES is a book which will hopefully have people taking notice how it’s not safe to be putting your entire life online. I also hope 52 LIKES will empower anyone who has been a victim to stand up, be heard, and be recognized for being a survivor.

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