This book should get pushed to the top of everyone’s list. In a world where social media has taken over and everyone has smartphones, there are still rules and regulations that we all have to follow. This book, although told in a story format, touches upon a topic that I feel is not addressed enough: teen sexting. Kids are kids, and sometimes when they do things, they don’t understand the repercussions. Back in the day a game of spin the bottle or seven minutes in heaven were the taboo games kids played without their parents knowing. Now, it’s being taken online.
The main characters in this book, Blair and David, are actually very innocent in this case. David takes a picture of Blair while she is changing clothes and she tells him to make sure he deletes it. He tells her he will but somehow that picture is sent out to several people as well as the police. And that is how David and Blair get arrested on several counts of crime. David didn’t send the picture though. Why would he do that? And Blair is convinced that he was scheming with his ex-girlfriend nicknamed the Ice Queen to do this to her.
The story is excellently written and really makes a person think about things they’ve done that have completely innocent intentions that could be considered illegal child porn or sexting. Where is the line drawn? When a minor sends another minor a picture of themself in a seductive outfit or pose should they get in trouble? These are things we don’t think of because the intent to commit a crime is not there. So are they wrong? Well, they are certainly punishable by law.
This story digs deep. The characters are all well developed and could all be real people. You have the Ice Queen and her Things who are the mean girls. She rules the roost and divides everyone in the school into classes: Class A, B, and C. Blair is obviously Class C, and the Ice Queen is disgusted when Blair starts dating her ex-boyfriend. High school drama is just that. But with the internet in the palm of your hand, the mean girls get even meaner. This is bullying and cyberbullying explained well.
Ice Queen is a book that adults and teens, including preteens, should read. It gathers the right amount of information and makes the readers think about the consequences. I also really liked the discussion questions at the end of the book and found myself answering them even after finishing the book. A great read for many reasons.
|Page Count||327 pages|
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