Is it real if it happens online?
Life at Eli’s high school hasn’t been the same since his classmate Jordan committed suicide after being tirelessly bullied. Schools now have access to students’ online activities and students have less privacy than ever. Eli just wants to graduate—so he can get out of town, get away from his father’s embarrassingly young fiancée, and get himself a prestigious coding job. But Eli’s hacking skills get him roped into a vigilante website that—while subverting the school’s cybersnoops— seeks justice for Jordan and everyone else being bullied.
Suddenly Eli finds himself in way over his head as his keystrokes start to have devastating consequences in the real world . . . This timely story from the author of Butter is a thrilling tale about the power of the internet, the young people who wield it, and the fine lines between bully and victim, justice and vengeance.
- 2020 Lancashire Book of the Year shortlist
- 2020 STEAM Children’s Book Prize shortlist
“The morally complex story avoids simple answers and is taut with tension as readers wonder if Eli will go too far or get caught—only for a third-act twist to complicate things further. Provocative, timely, and intense.” – Kirkus STARRED Review
“Lange’s tightly plotted, fast-moving mystery shows great understanding of the power dynamics of social cliques, capturing hierarchies and dialogues of different groups.” – Booklist
“Lange finds a fresh perspective on bullying by focusing on all those left behind in the aftermath of the violence that ensues—the bullies and the bystanders.” – School Library Journal
“This fast-paced tale is full of twists and turns that will keep you flipping pages well into the night. Great for fans of Mr. Robot and The Silence of Six.” – Paula Stokes, author of LIARS, INC. and GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE