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Kelly Yang

Författare till Front Desk

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Verk av Kelly Yang

Front Desk (2018) 1,431 exemplar
Three Keys (2020) 388 exemplar
Room to Dream (2021) 280 exemplar
Parachutes (2020) 222 exemplar
New from Here (2022) 179 exemplar
Finally Seen (2023) 129 exemplar
Key Player (Front Desk #4) (2022) 92 exemplar
Private Label (2022) 60 exemplar
Top Story (Front Desk #5) (2023) 38 exemplar
Finally Heard (2024) 21 exemplar
Spadochrony (2023) 1 exemplar
Motel Calvista (2022) 1 exemplar
Motel Calivista - tome 1 (2022) 1 exemplar


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Independent Reading ages 9 and up.
cpaiz | 7 andra recensioner | Apr 29, 2024 |
This novel is a message to middle school students and parents in regards to the dangers of screen time. This novel follows the book Finally Seen.

Lina spends the entire novel wondering who she is, as she stumbles into puberty. She and Carla become the only holdouts who do not have a phone--mainly because their families can't afford phones for them. They feel left out, not a part of the masses who live on their phones. The school day depicts students constantly on their phones in front of the teachers with teachers ineffectually telling them to put them away. No one is learning--they are completely obsessed with their phones. At home, Lina sees her parents working really hard but earning little money. An idea is presented that her mom's bath bomb business would get more customers if there was an online presence. After her mother makes a video that people love and kicks the bath bomb sales into high tear, Lina, Carla, and Finn decide to help. They brainstorm ideas and begin making videos, which turn out to be successful.

With success comes envy, insecurity, and lies. Lina's mom purchases a used phone and gives Lina a phone so that she can more easily make the necessary videos. In addition to making videos, Lina gets sucked into the algorithms used to trap users. One of their teachers notices how much the students are addicted and teaches lessons on why they're addicted, explaining the way social media uses tactics to manipulate the users. Lina finds that she can only find who she truly is by reading the comments others make about her and making decisions about her looks based on those comments. It's not a healthy relationship--Lina and her social media. She becomes insecure and lies to her mother as to how much she takes the comments and what people say about her at school online to heart.

Lina still struggles with her classmates, deepening her insecurities. She sees the richer lives they live and the mean comments that are left. There's examples of bullying that Lina finds disturbing, but she ends up getting sucked into the "anonymity" of social media like everyone else. Her grandmother gives her wise advice that will eventually help Lina. Lina also works to keep her sister more innocent. In the end, Lina opens her eyes and realizes that she needs to tell someone about her insecurities concerning puberty and friendships and dating and social media. She's overwhelmed and not handling anything on her own very well.

The novel has a great message and shows the. dangers of social media well. She's spot on with students--and parents--as they depend on their phones for everything, including basing your identity off stranger's comments. The story with Carla is particularly important, showing how easily people can be mislead online. At times, I feel the novel is a bit didactic, but the realism alleviates some of this preachiness. Parents need to read this novel with their kids and then look in the mirror and see how much they, themselves, are the problem as well.
… (mer)
acargile | 1 annan recension | Apr 16, 2024 |
Gr 4–8—When Lina's family immigrated to the United States from China, Lina stayed behind with her grandmother.
Now it's Lina's turn to join her family, but she's shocked to discover how hard her new life is. This novel deftly deals
with big, timely topics.
BackstoryBooks | 7 andra recensioner | Apr 1, 2024 |
middlegrade fiction, follow-up to Finally Seen - while Lina struggles with the awkwardness of body changes as a 6th/7th grader, she and her sister help her mom with social media to increase sales of her bath bombs, but soon get trapped in the deleterious cycles of the various platforms (plus dealing with trolls/bullies). Takes place in modern day southern California.

Inspired by the author's daughter's very real struggles with similar issues, Kelly Yang tackles some tough topics and hopefully this book will help lots of kids. It's somewhat less interesting to readers who are already annoyed enough by social media (too many ads, if you ask me!), but I liked when the teacher goes over the science (dopamine, addiction, predatory algorithms, trusting people who haven't earned it, etc) in the second half, and I love this author and all that she does in her writing.… (mer)
reader1009 | 1 annan recension | Mar 26, 2024 |



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