Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Summary from Goodreads.com
When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?
From reviewer Natalie: Intense. Heart-racing. Honest. Real. Fearless. It tackles subjects like money, fame, friendship, the value of life, and just what people will be willing to do to get what they want; what they think they need. The subjects are balanced perfectly as each is explored in the book, and, true to life, gives us results, but not necessarily answers. It is what it is. It's a book that stays with you long after you've read it. It's, in a word, AWESOME.
My thoughts: I would recommend this book to older teens, due to language and subject matter. I think it really makes you think about the effect of social media and YouTube, and how quickly an event can go "viral" and change your life. A really interesting and thought provoking read! A little on the scary side, too, when you see what lengths people will go to for 5 minutes of fame.