“Random” Tom Leveen

Rated 5 stars ***** ARC. ebook. To be published August 12, 2014. Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster).

RandomRandom2Tori’s life as she knew it is officially over. None of her friends want anything to do with her, random strangers write her insults, reporters won’t leave her alone, and her parents can’t even look at her normally. Even her brother hates her guts.

Interspersed with Tori’s musings are taunting facebook messages between herself, her friend Kevin and a few friends which caused Kevin to commit suicide. As a result Tori and her friends were arrested and charged with cyberbullying.

Tori’s feelings are mixed about what happened, but she doesn’t think she did anything wrong. The night before her trial, she gets a strange call from someone who randomly dialed her number. He is about to commit suicide, and just wants one reason not to do it. Tori thinks he’s bluffing but, after what happened with Kevin, can she take that chance? Can she give him the reason he needs to change his mind, or is she so wrapped up in her own world she can’t hear a cry for help?

“Random” is a riveting page-turner, which will have its readers thinking more deeply than they’d ever thought about the seriousness of cyberbullying and bystanders. It is my hope that Leveen’s message will ring out loud and clear to help save all the Kevin’s teetering on the edges of their own lives.

Recommended for readers aged 14 and older.

NOTE: With 2 covers for “Random” displayed on the publisher’s site I’m not sure which will be used for the final edition, so put both on this review.

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